BBC Greenlights First-Of-Its-Kind Series About Autism


The BBC has announced it will be airing a new show called “The ‘A’ Word,” where autism takes center stage.

The show, set to begin filming in summer 2015, will be a six-part series on the Scott family, who learn that their youngest son has autism, according to Variety. The family realizes they must improve their own communication skills to better facilitate their son’s ability to do the same.

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“We have the opportunity here to make something funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism,” Peter Bowker, the show’s writer, said, according to Variety. “In a society where imperfection increasingly comes with blame attached, it seems timely to look at how autism is regarded both within a family and the wider community— and to give some insight into how that experience might be for the child on the autistic spectrum.”

The show will be an adaptation of an award-winning 2010 Israeli series from creator, writer and director Keren Margalit, according to Haaretz. Called “Yellow Peppers,” the series tells the story of a farming family coping with an autism diagnosis while living in the isolated Arava desert. This will be the first ever BBC adaptation of an Israeli drama series.

“The ‘A’ Word” is expected to air on BBC One in early 2016.

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