The A Word will return to BBC One, with filming now underway for the third season.
Peter Bowker’s family drama will again see Max Vento, Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby, Greg McHugh, Molly Wright, Pooky Quesnel, Leon Harrop and Christopher Eccleston reprise their roles as the Hughes family, who are all struggling to raise, understand and grow with Joe, who has autism.
Season 3 picks up two years on from Season 2, with Joe now 10 and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism. Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London. Eddie lives with his dad. Rebecca has just realised she’s pregnant. Only Maurice is holding it together. And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.
The new run will see the cast joined by new faces including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street) Sarah Gordy (Call The Midwife, Holby City) and David Gyasi (Troy: Fall Of A City, Man In An Orange Shirt).
Peter Bowker says: “It is a joy to be revisiting the world of the A Word, to move the story of the Hughes family on, and to have the opportunity to expand our celebration and examination of diversity and humanity in all its myriad forms.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, adds: “The A Word has become a firm favourite with the BBC One audience telling a unique and poignant story in an original and entertaining way. We are excited filming has now begun on a third series and look forward to picking up with Joe and the family two years on and seeing what challenges and adventures lay ahead for them.”
Filming has started this week in the Lake District and Manchester.
Executive Producers are Lucy Richer for BBC, Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Marcus Wilson for Fifty Fathoms Productions and Howard Burch, Avi Nir and Keren Margalit for Keshet International. Clare Shepherd is producing and Fergus O’Brien is the lead Director.