SundanceTV today announced at the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour that it has picked up the second season of “The A Word” from Keshet International, adding to the network’s 2017 programming slate. The Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK co-production for BBC One bowed earlier in July to rave reviews.
Dramatic, thought-provoking and lighthearted, “The A Word” captures an authentic portrait of a contemporary family after their young son is diagnosed with autism. The series follows 5-year-old Joe (Max Vento); Joe’s parents, Paul (Lee Ingleby, “Our Zoo,” “Inspector George Gently”) and Alison (Morven Christie, “Grantchester”), who struggle with parenting philosophies; his aunt and uncle, Nicola (Vinette Robinson, “Sherlock”) and Eddie (Greg McHugh, “Fresh Meat”), who are working through unfaithfulness in their marriage; and his grandfather, Maurice (Chris Eccleston, “The Leftovers,” “Fortitude”), a recent widower and the owner of the family brewery.
“The A Word” is based on the Israeli Keshet Broadcasting and July August Productions drama series “Yellow Peppers,” created and written by Keren Margalit, who is also executive producer on the UK series.
The English-language version is written by multiple BAFTA winner and Golden Globe(R) nominee Peter Bowker (“Marvellous,” “Blackpool”). The series is a Fifty Fathoms (“Fortitude”) and Keshet UK co-production for BBC One and is executive produced for Fifty Fathoms by Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Jenny Frayn, by Sara Johnson and Avi Nir for Keshet International and by Lucy Richer for BBC One. Marcus Wilson (“Doctor Who,” “Life on Mars”) is a producer.