Filming has started on a new six-part BBC drama featuring a family whose youngest son is diagnosed with autism
The A Word, which focuses on the efforts of Scott family to adjust to the diagnosis, is described as ‘a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood and what it is like to have a child who fails to fit the mould’.
The UK drama has been adapted by award-winning screenwriter Peter Bowker from an Israeli series made in 2010.
‘I loved the original series and wanted to honour its spirit while writing something new. We have the opportunity here to make something funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism. In a society where imperfection increasingly comes with blame attached it seems timely to look at how autism is regarded both within a family and the wider community – and to give some insight into how that experience might be for the child on the autistic spectrum. It’s a drama full of ideas – about parenthood, about disability, about communication, about community – and will emphatically engage an audience whatever their experience of the subject’.
The cast includes Christopher Eccleston, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh, Vinette Robinson and has newcomer Max Vento playing the part of the autistic son.
‘I’m very proud to be reunited with writer Peter Bowker on The A Word. This is a special job for us all. We hope the audience take us to their hearts’.
The series is expected to start screening on BBC1 in late spring 2016.