The A Word - Maurice Scott (CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON) - (C) Fifty Fathoms - Photographer: Unknown
The A Word – Maurice Scott (CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON) – (C) Fifty Fathoms – Photographer: Unknown

Here is a first look at the new BBC drama, The A Word, which stars Christopher Eccleston and is due to air at the end of March.

Christopher Eccleston, is set to play a grandad in the new drama, which is scheduled to air at the end of March.  Written by Peter Bowker, whose impressive CV includes Blackpool, Occupation and Capital, the six-part drama tells the story of the Hughes family; an aspirational family that is like many others until six-year-old Joe is diagnosed with autism.

Alongside Eccleston, the cast includes Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo), Morven Christie (Grantchester), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock) and newcomer, six-year-old Max Vento.  It is being directed by the twice Academy-nominated director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev) and produced by Marcus Wilson (Doctor Who, Life On Mars).

52-year-old Eccleston plays Maurice, the grandad of the family, but he’s definitely not a pipe-and-slippers type grandad and he’s the first to realise that there may be more to Joe’s behaviour than anyone realises.

Bowker, who taught children with learning difficulties before becoming a screenwriter, has said how pleased he is to be able to make a programme that is funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism. Based on his remarkable body of work to date and his uncanny ability to give a voice to modern families, we can’t wait for The A Word to air.

The A Word will be executive produced for Fifty Fathoms by Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Jenny Frayn, and by Sara Johnson and Avi Nir for Keshet. Lucy Richer will executive produce for BBC One. It is being directed by the twice Academy-nominated director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev) and produced by Marcus Wilson (Doctor Who, Life On Mars).

Details of the confirmed airing date to follow.

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