THE A WORD WINS BEST SCRIPTED FORMAT AT
C21’S FORMAT AWARDS
SEASON TWO OF THE BBC ONE ADAPTATION GOES INTO PRODUCTION
FIRST LOOK IMAGE AND DETAILS OF SEASON 2 REVEALED
On Saturday 1 April, The A Word was awarded the Prize for Best Scripted Format at the C21 Format Awards in MIPTV, Cannes. The original drama created, written and directed by Keren Margalit has been adapted with great success in the UK where it aired on BBC One attracting an average of 5.5m viewers and in Greece where it attracted a consistent 20% average audience share for Alpha TV.
The eagerly awaited second season of the BBC One version has now gone into production and a first-look photo has been revealed of the Hughes/Scott family.
Filming has begun in the Lake District and at Manchester’s Space Project in preparation for the return of the show this Autumn. The story picks up two years on and Joe, who is played by Max Vento (pictured centre with l-r Christopher Eccleston, Mollie Wright, Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby) is changing. Now age seven, he has begun to look at the world and find he doesn’t fit in.
Writer of the UK show, Peter Bowker explains “‘Autistic’ is a word Joe has heard but can’t yet understand. ‘Different’ is what he feels, and fears it 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.”
The 6-part drama revisits the funny, messy, mixed-up lives of 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.
The A Word is Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK production for BBC One. The series also transmits on SundanceTV in the US. 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. Jenny Frayn is producer and Sue Tully is lead Director.
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