Season Premiere Wednesday, November 8 at 10 PM ET/PT on SundanceTV
Season two of this critically-acclaimed family drama picks up two years from the end of season one, and Joe (Max Vento) is changing. Now age seven, he has begun to look at the world and find he doesn’t always fit in.
Writer Peter Bowker explains, “‘Autistic’ is a word Joe has heard but can’t yet understand. ‘Different’ is what he feels, and fears it might be something bad. It’s up to the whole family to help Joe make sense of who he is and his place in the world. But to do that, they must first be honest about themselves.”
The 6-part drama revisits the funny, messy, mixed-up lives of the Hughes and Scott families as they struggle to do their best as parents, care givers, lovers and to work out what’s really important in the face of nothing ever feeling normal. As we rejoin THE A WORD family, things appear to be more positive and settled. But when is any family what it appears to be? While the family was initially in denial after Joe’s diagnosis, Joe’s family now recognizes and accepts his autism.
Alison (Morven Christie) has become Joe’s champion – a force of good in the local autism community. Paul (Lee Ingleby) hasmade a success of his beloved gastropub, Rebecca (Molly Wright) is on her gap year travels and Maurice (Christopher Eccleston) is back in charge at the brewery. Nicola (Vinette Robinson) and Eddie (Greg McHugh) are divorced – Nicola is now a fully-fledged local GP while Eddie has a new life as a professor in Manchester.
But this family, like most families, is held together by two parts tension and one part love. Two years later, each family member has reinvented themselves in a way that is convincing to nobody but themselves. This season turns up the heat so that façades are stripped away and we get to the heart of what they really feel and fear. As ever, it is Joe who inadvertently acts as the catalyst that exposes those hidden fault lines.