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"The A Word" is a drama miniseries written by BAFTA Award winner Peter Bowker ("Blackpool") and starring Christopher Eccleston, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh, Lee Ingleby and Vinette Robinson. The story follows members of the Hughes family, who seem to lead a normal existence until they receive some unexpected news. Communication problems with 5-year-old son Joe lead to a diagnosis of autism. It changes the lives of the family members, who have to pull together and learn to better communicate to deal with the boy's condition.

Latest episodes

aired 582 days ago
An 'End of Year Show' at Joe's old school brings his family members together, but as Joe takes the stage, they may not remain the family he knows.
aired 589 days ago
Paul's deepest feelings about his son's autism emerge when Nicola makes a 'film' of Joe's behaviors; Eddie reaches D-Day with Holly; Maurice makes a shocking proposal.
aired 596 days ago
Rebecca sends Paul and Alison on a weekend away to help them reconnect; Maurice has an existential crisis during a race; Eddie is determined to teach Joe to ride a bike.
aired 604 days ago
Maurice and Louise clash; Paul makes an unexpected connection with Sophie; Eddie gears up for date night with his Manchester girlfriend, Holly.
aired 610 days ago
Life for Joe's family turns upside down as he starts at a specialist school in Manchester; Rebecca halts her plans with James; Louise confides in a stunned Maurice.
aired 617 days ago
When Joe says the "A word" for the first time, Paul and Alison know they must talk to him about his autism; Maurice is catapulted back into Louise's life; Eddie and Nicola have a secret to keep.