The A Word

The A Word (2016)


The A Word is the story of the Hughes family, who work and love and fight like every other family. Then their youngest son is diagnosed with autism and they don’t feel like every other family anymore. They realise that if their son is ever going to communicate, they are going to have to learn how to communicate themselves. It’s a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood.

Christopher Eccleston has spoken about working on the project: “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.”

Peter Bowker adds: “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 autism 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.”




crew details

Creators: Peter Bowker, Keren Margalits
Executive Producers: Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker, Jenny Frayn, Sara Johnson, Avi Nir, Lucy Richer

production info

  • Year of Release: 2016
  • Country: UK | BBC One - Fifty Fathoms - Keshet
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 12x60 minutes

  • trailers

Max Vento

Joe Hughes

Lee Ingleby

Paul Hughes

Morven Christie

Alison Hughes

Molly Wright

Rebecca Hughes

Vinette Robinson

Nicola Daniels

Greg McHugh

Eddie Scott

Leon Harrop

Ralph Wilson

Pooky Quesnel

Louise Wilson

Christopher Eccleston

Maurice Scott