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The A Word returning for a third series

As BBC One confirm that filming will soon be underway in both the Lake District and Manchester, on the hit series which was last on our screens towards the end of 2017.


Once again The A Word will be written by Peter Bowker and returning to the show will be Max Vento, Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby, Molly Wright, Pooky Quesnel, Leon Harrop, Greg McHugh and Christopher Eccleston. They’ll be joined by some new faces including Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sarah Gordy and David Gyasi.

The new series takes place two years on from the end of the second series and Joe is 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 and Eddie lives with his dad. Meanwhile, Rebecca has just realised she’s pregnant.


The only one holding it all together is Maurice, and when that happens you know you are in trouble. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.

Speaking about the new series, Peter Bowker said “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. The BBC has been incredibly supportive of this show and deserve our thanks and support at a time when it continues to be attacked on behalf of the ignorant by those who should know better."

Whilst Controller of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger added "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.”

The A Word will return on BBC One

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