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BBC One announce The A Word spin-off Ralph and Katie

The series will see Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy reprise their well-loved characters for the six new half-hour episodes.

Ralph and Katie will be written by Peter Bowker alongside new and emerging disabled writers to tell the continuing story of Ralph and Katie, an inspirational and loving young couple who are embarking on the biggest adventure of their lives.

Ralph and Katie have just had the wedding of the year… so what happens next? Ralph And Katie tracks their first year of married life, with each 30 minute episode featuring a different story focusing on the domestic challenges faced by the newlyweds - challenges faced by all newlyweds, but with the added fact that they have Down’s Syndrome.

Speaking about the new series, Peter Bowker said “Ralph And Katie is a natural step forwards from the ongoing ambition of The A Word to increase representation and diversity both on and off screen. Equally exciting is the opportunity to work again with two young actors as talented as Leon and Sarah. It is a tribute to their performances in The A Word that the BBC have commissioned this series.”

Sarah Gordy who plays Katie added “It is great to be able to take the character of Katie forward after her exciting journey in series three of The A Word. The wedding and the dress was a dream come true for Katie. I am so looking forward to seeing what comes next in Ralph and Katie’s married life.”

Whilst BBC's Controller of Drama Piers Wenger said “After three series of The A Word, we are so excited to see Sarah and Leon lead their own show and by the team of talented writers that Pete and his team are assembling to bring this new chapter in Ralph and Katie’s relationship to life.”

And finally, Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down’s Syndrome Association said “We’re so pleased that Ralph and Katie’s story will be continuing, and that Leon and Sarah, two marvellous actors, are getting this well-deserved opportunity to play the central characters in a BBC drama.”

Ralph and Katie will air on BBC One


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