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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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Awful series about an awful family
17 July 2017 | by DavidYZSee all my reviews

This is a drama series that is set in the Lake District and is about a dysfunctional family.

It is broadcast by BBC One. The first series was shown in March and April 2016. A second series has been commissioned.

I don't know why six million people chose to watch this boring rubbish. I only watched it because it was heavily promoted and praised and was supposed to be an enlightening, well-acted series that is centred on an autistic child.

This series fails miserably to do either of the two things that it should do: a) be entertaining and b) inform the viewers in depth about autism.

I was very disappointed that most of the characters in this dreadful drama are annoying and unlikeable. There are too many plots and the child doesn't receive enough help because the other members of the family are engrossed in various other things. This series is badly-written and badly-acted.

The title of this show assumes that it's so shameful to have an autistic child that the condition is euphemistically referred to as 'the A word' - which it isn't. The mother's attitude is awful - she's more concerned about avoiding acknowledging her son's autism, as well as preventing people finding out about it, than she is about helping her son and looking after him properly.

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