The BBC has confirmed that Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, and the rest of the cast of The A Word have gathered in the Lake District to begin filming for series 2 of the programme about a family’s struggle to deal with their Autistic son. The six-part series is set to air in Autumn 2017.
The story picks up two years on from where we left it and Joe, who is played by Max Vento (pictured centre with l-r Christopher Eccleston, Mollie Wright, Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby) is changing. Greg McHugh and Vinette Robinson reprise their roles as Eddie and Nicola. Christopher Eccleston will return as the fabulously grumpy grandad and slightly inept would-be-lover Maurice.
Now age seven, Max has begun to look at the world and finds he doesn’t fit in.
Writer Peter Bowker explains: “Autistic is a word Joe has heard but can’t yet understand. Different is what he feels, and fears might be something bad. It’s up to the whole family to help Joe make sense of who he is and his place in the world. But to do that, they must first be honest about themselves…”
At BlogtorWho, we felt that Series 1 was the opening chapter of the story of a family with an Autistic son and now series 2 promises a six-part drama that revisits the Hughes and Scott families as they struggle to do their best as parents, carers, lovers… and to work out what’s really important in the face of nothing ever feeling normal.
While you wait for autumn, if you loved Joe’s impressive soundtrack in The A Word series1, the BBC’s 38-track playlist is still available on BBC Music.