This TV series ended last night after 6 brilliant episodes. I simply can’t emphasise enough how strongly I recommend The A Word as a program.
The A Word starts with 5 year old Joe Hughes walking along the road on his own listening to his music. During this first episode, he is diagnosed with Autism and his family start the long process of coming to terms with the diagnosis. Joe’s parents have their own problems, as it seems almost every family has these days. Joe’s half sister has yet more problems and at first appears to be just your usual moody teenager. However as the show continues, the stories develop and you end up growing more and more attached as time goes on.
Following the range of characters in The A Word could be considered difficult, but the core 6 are more than enough to keep bringing you back week after week for more.
With only 6 episodes, it feels like the story should just be beginning, not over. Who knows, maybe there’ll be another series! Episode one is a slow start but I promise it gets better. You can find it on BBC iPlayer.
Please give it a chance!
Update 18th April 2020
There was in fact a series two, and series three is said to be coming out soon here in the UK! The first two series are available to watch for free on the BBC iPlayer as a boxset, so with lockdown currently underway, I might just watch the 12 episodes again before the new series begins. What do you think?
Update 21st May 2020
Yes, The A Word has returned for series three, and you can catch it weekly on a Tuesday at 9pm BST on BBC One. Or, if like me you simply can’t get enough of The A Word, then the full series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer! Now, Mum and Dad won’t let me watch it in advance, so I’m super excited to see what happens next!