The A Word - Joe Hughes (MAX VENTO) - (C) FIfty Fathoms - Photographer: Rory Mulvey
The A Word – Joe Hughes (MAX VENTO) – (C) FIfty Fathoms – Photographer: Rory Mulvey

Here is the first look at episode two of the new BBC drama, The A Word, which stars Christopher Eccleston and is due to air on Tuesday 29 March at 9 pm on BBC One.

In episode two, following Joe’s autism diagnosis Paul, Alison and Rebecca clash over how best to deal with his first weeks at school. Eddie is troubled by thoughts of Nicola’s ex-lover Michael, and Maurice tries hard to avoid his singing teacher Louise.

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This six-part series is written by Peter Bowker and stars former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, Morven Christie and Lee Ingbly. Eccleston plays grandad Maurice Scott, part of the troubled Hughes family in an adaptation of Keren Margalit’s award-winning Israeli drama. The story of an aspirational family that is like many others until six-year-old Joe is diagnosed with autism.

Official Synopsis – Episode 2

Following Joe’s diagnosis, Alison is keen to protect her son. Not wanting the community to know about his autism, she takes Joe out of school without telling Paul.

He and Rebecca hit back, believing Joe shouldn’t have to bend to fit the world. As Paul struggles to keep on top of his gastropub project, Alison ropes the family in to help home-school Joe. She asks Nicola to meet up with paediatrician Michael for advice.

The thought of Nicola with her ex-lover Michael haunts Eddie as he tries to get to grips with running the brewery, under Maurice’s critical eye. Meanwhile, Maurice has problems of his own, as Louise continues to look for someone to satisfy her physical needs.

The A Word is 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).


Written by Peter Bowker, Director Peter Cattaneo, Producer Marcus Wilson

Maurice…Christopher Eccleston
Alison……Morven Christie
Paul………Lee Ingleby
Joe………..Max Vento
Eddie…….Greg McHugh
Nicola……Vinette Robinson

For more information, check out the BBC’s dedicated ‘The A Word’ webpage


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