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The A Word 

The Hughes family 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.


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Series cast summary:
Max Vento Max Vento ...  Joe Hughes 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Lee Ingleby ...  Paul Hughes 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Morven Christie ...  Alison Hughes 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Christopher Eccleston ...  Maurice Scott 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Molly Wright Molly Wright ...  Rebecca Hughes 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Vinette Robinson ...  Nicola Daniels 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Greg McHugh ...  Eddie Scott 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Pooky Quesnel ...  Louise Wilson 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Leon Harrop Leon Harrop ...  Ralph Wilson 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Adam Wittek ...  David Nowak 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Tommie Grabiec ...  Pavel Kaminski 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Matt Greenwood Matt Greenwood ...  Tom Clarke 8 episodes, 2016-2017
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ...  Dr. Graves 8 episodes, 2016-2017
George Bukhari George Bukhari ...  Terry / ... 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Emelia Rae Levy Emelia Rae Levy ...  Emily Scott 6 episodes, 2017
Ibrahim Ismail Ibrahim Ismail ...  Ramesh 6 episodes, 2016-2017
Craig McDonald-Kelly ...  Gary Mallard 6 episodes, 2016-2017
Thomas Gregory Thomas Gregory ...  Luke Taylor 5 episodes, 2016
Harrison Newell-Parker Harrison Newell-Parker ...  Bill Hibbs 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Michelle Tate ...  Linda 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Lucy Gaskell ...  Sophie Berwick 5 episodes, 2017
Travis Smith Travis Smith ...  Mark Berwick 5 episodes, 2017
Abby Ford Abby Ford ...  Sally 5 episodes, 2016


In this moving BBC drama, the Hughes family living in the Lake District are like any other family; when their young son Joe is diagnosed as autistic, their lives are changed forever, and the family members must pull together to better learn their son's condition. Written by Tom Daly

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13 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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The A Word is based on the 2010 Israeli TV Series "Pilpelim Tsehubim" (Yellow Peppers) which was created and written by Keren Margalit. See more »


Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #21.55 (2016) See more »

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6 January 2018 | by murphy1169See all my reviews

It is a brilliant show both season 1 and 2. But I hate the way the parents moan about Joe's autism they talk about him like he has AIDS or something. No wonder he saw it as such a bad thing there are people out there worse then Joe. And I do see a positive outcome for Joe I know we seen the odd autistic behavior here and there and if Joe gets the right treatment by time the third series airs if there will be one his condition mightn't even be copped. I mean who will be the next one to complain about Joe's autism in series 3? The sister, the uncle or the granddad. But his parents should see more of his abilities. The mother was in denial in the first series then in the second his dad was , they didn't accept his condition the father definitely doesn't his mother has came to terms with it. I notice the relationship between Joe and his father has never been the same since they found out I reckon when Joe slapped his father across the face the parents probably thought he would be still like that when he's a teenager The worst he would be is moderately autistic. He's a lovely , cute, happy, little boy and it's a shame his dad thinks it's the end of the world to be honest no parent should look down on their child even if they don't a condition. Parents are out there to give their children good advice they're not there to be cried about unless something genuinely bad happened . Roll on series 3 and I will be looking forward to see it whenever it airs on TV.

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