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The A Word (Series 3)



Every family is a puzzle. And sometimes the pieces just don’t fit.

Two years on and things have changed for our A Word family. Joe is 10 and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism. Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London. Eddie lives with his dad. Rebecca has just realised she’s pregnant. Only Maurice is holding it together. And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.


Unsettled by a change in his life, Joe rejects his headphones. Maurice tries to solve all his family’s problems, Alison clashes with a stranger, and Rebecca has some big news.



Joe causes concern at school as he becomes fixated on his teacher, Heather. Paul helps Mark in his bid to join the army, and Rebecca sets the family straight about her pregnancy.



Maurice and Eddie lock horns on a kids camping trip. Paul tries to forge a connection with Joe. Rebecca interrupts Alison’s date with Ben to confront her about motherhood.



Alison brings the family together when she organises a sponsored walk for Joe. Paul gets a surprise from Sarah, and Maurice feels rejected by Ralph.



Louise and Maurice are shaken when an unwelcome visitor arrives on the eve of Ralph’s wedding. Mark and Joe test Paul and Sarah’s liberalism when they strike out on their own.



When Rebecca goes into labour, it falls to Joe to help his sister. Alison makes a decision about Ben, Paul makes Mark an offer, and Maurice has a big question for Louise.

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Duration: 6 x 60'
  • Screenplay by: Peter Bowker
  • Cast: Max Vento (Max), Morven Christie (Alison), Lee Ingleby (Paul), Greg McHugh (Eddie), Molly Wright (Rebecca), Pooky Quesnel (Louise), Leon Harrop (Ralph), Christopher Eccleston (Maurice)
  • Production Company: Tiger Aspect & Keshet UK
  • Ordered by: BBC One
  • Based on : Yellow Peppers, created by Keren Maragalit
  • Distributed by: Keshet International