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'The A Word' Season 2: TV Review

One of television's most powerful and original — and overlooked — series returns as SundanceTV brings back The A Word, Peter Bowker's emotionally nuanced look at autism.

Quirky, touching, smartly written and beautifully acted, the show actually improves in season two, as it dives deeper into how a child with autism affects the parents, family and, in this case, the surrounding residents in the small town where 7-year-old Joe (Max Vento) lives (the remoteness and beauty of the Lake District in England is central to the story). I ranked The A Word sixth on my list of best series from...
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The A Word: Season Two Premiere Announced by SundanceTV

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SundanceTV has announced the second season of The A Word TV show will premiere on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The drama centers on a family whose son is diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum.Based on the Israeli Keshet and July August Productions drama series, Yellow Peppers, The A Word is written by Peter Bowker. The SundanceTV cast includes: Max Vento, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Vinette Robinson, Greg McHugh, and Christopher Eccleston. Read More…
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BBC Sets ‘World On Fire’ WWII Drama, ‘The Trial Of Christine Keeler’ & More

The BBC has set a lineup of new drama and comedy series which are in the works for BBC One and Two in the coming year. Among them are epic WWII drama World On Fire from The A Word‘s Peter Bowker; The Trial of Christine Keeler from Apple Tree Yard‘s Amanda Coe; and House Productions’ half-hour Trigonometry, written by Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods. BBC Drama Controller Piers Wegner unveiled the projects at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum this morning and also confirmed…
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Morven Christie: 'Am I the go-to actress to play a bitch?'

The star of BBC1’s new cuckoo-in-the-nest thriller The Replacement on how she went from being a kid on a council estate to roles in some of TV’s finest dramas – and why her years in the theatre were so painful

Morven Christie is quietly becoming the go-to actor for top notch British TV. She’s Amanda in ITV’s retro detective drama Grantchester, Fi Healey in Twenty Twelve, starred in award-magnet BBC dramas Murder (directed by The Killing’s Birger Larsen) last year and is Alison in The A Word, Peter Bowker’s acclaimed miniseries about autism. Alison is a tough woman who makes complicated decisions about the care of her son, and she isn’t a particularly fluffy character. So when Christie first heard about The Replacement, BBC1’s new cuckoo-in-the-nest thriller, written and directed by Joe Ahearne, she started to wonder if she was being typecast. “I thought,
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‘The A Word’ Returning for Season 2 on SundanceTV

‘The A Word’ Returning for Season 2 on SundanceTV
SundanceTV has picked up “The A Word” for Season 2, the cable network announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The A Word” follows a contemporary family after their young son is diagnosed with autism: 5-year-old Joe (Max Vento); Joe’s parents, Paul (Lee Ingleby) and Alison (Morven Christie), who struggle with parenting philosophies; his aunt and uncle, Nicola (Vinette Robinson) and Eddie (Greg McHugh), who are working through unfaithfulness in their marriage; and his grandfather, Maurice (Chris Eccleston), a recent widower and the owner of the family brewery.

The A Word” is based on the Israeli Keshet Broadcasting and July August Productions drama series “Yellow Peppers,” created and written by Keren Margalit, who is also executive producer on the UK series.

The English-language version is written by Peter Bowker. The series is a Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK co-production for BBC One and is executive produced for Fifty Fathoms by Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker
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The A Word: SundanceTV Releases Autism Drama Previews and Photos

Watch three trailers and check out photos for The A Word TV series, premiering on SundanceTV, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The six-episode one-hour drama tells the story of a family whose son is diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. The A Word TV show cast includes: Max Vento, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Vinette Robinson, Greg McHugh, and Christopher Eccleston.Based on the Israeli Keshet and July August Productions drama series, Yellow Peppers, created and written by Keren Margalit, the English language series, The A Word, is written by Peter Bowker. Peter Cattaneo, Dominic Leclerc, and Susan Tully direct. The series is a Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK co-production for BBC One. Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker, and Jenny Frayn, executive produce for Fifty Fathoms. Sara Johnson and
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SundanceTV’s ‘The A Word’ Shines Light on Family Grappling With Autism

Leaders from New York’s community of autism service orgs gathered Tuesday night at the Museum of Arts and Design for the premiere of SundanceTV’s “The A Word,” a warm and funny drama that depicts a British family coming to grips with their 5-year-old son’s diagnosis.

“It really is a beautiful piece of television,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for SundanceTV and AMC.

The series, which bows July 13, hails from Keshet International and Fifty Fathoms. “A Word” aired earlier this year on the BBC to much acclaim. It’s based on the Israeli series “Yellow Peppers.”

“It is so universal,” said Alon Shtruzman, the Los Angeles-based CEO of Keshet International. “We are proud of this important work.”

David Remnick, New Yorker editor and board member of the non-profit New York Collaborates for Autism, moderated a post-screening discussion with “A Word” creator Peter Bowker, Nyca president Ilene Lainer and Eli Gottlieb, author
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‘The A Word’ Looks At What It Takes To Tell An Autism Story

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‘The A Word’ Looks At What It Takes To Tell An Autism Story
An incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work goes into adding nuance to the stories that TV shows hope to tell. “The A Word” tells a multigenerational story of a family dealing with their son being diagnosed on the spectrum for autism, and its cast and crew are putting in a lot of thought to how they’re trying to do just that, highlighted in an IndieWire exclusive debut of two behind-the-scenes clips.

Read More: ‘Life, Animated’ Trailer: Young Boy Unable to Speak Finds Words in Disney Classics

The writing and direction of “The A Word” both drew the cast to the project and kept them engaged, and the location and design played central parts to enhancing the story’s drama. But the creators of the show also admit that they were “lucky” to find Max Vento for the role of the young boy with autism.

In the first clip, Morvin Christie,
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‘The A Word’ Looks At What It Takes To Tell An Autism Story

‘The A Word’ Looks At What It Takes To Tell An Autism Story
An incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work goes into adding nuance to the stories that TV shows hope to tell. “The A Word” tells a multigenerational story of a family dealing with their son being diagnosed on the spectrum for autism, and its cast and crew are putting in a lot of thought to how they’re trying to do just that, highlighted in an IndieWire exclusive debut of two behind-the-scenes clips.

Read More: ‘Life, Animated’ Trailer: Young Boy Unable to Speak Finds Words in Disney Classics

The writing and direction of “The A Word” both drew the cast to the project and kept them engaged, and the location and design played central parts to enhancing the story’s drama. But the creators of the show also admit that they were “lucky” to find Max Vento for the role of the young boy with autism.

In the first clip, Morvin Christie,
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed for Seasons 4 and 5

‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed for Seasons 4 and 5
London — The U.K.’s BBC has ordered a further two seasons of Steven Knight’s 1920s-set gangster tale “Peaky Blinders,” which Netflix has exclusively in the U.S. The new BBC commission takes the gritty crime saga, starring Cillian Murphy, into seasons four and five.

The broadcaster has also confirmed a second season of Peter Bowker’s family drama “The A Word,” which centers on Joe, a boy with autism, and has announced three new scripted commissions.

The new dramas include Nick Payne’s adaptation of David Nicholls’ novel “Us,” which tells the story of Douglas and Connie Peterson, a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. When they go on a family grand tour of European cities, Douglas sees it as a last bid to win back the love of his wife and to repair his troubled relationship with his son. Drama Republic produces.

BBC will also tell
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The A Word: Drama Series to Debut on SundanceTV in July

The A Word TV series on SundanceTV, premieres Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The six-episode one-hour drama tells the story of a family whose young son is diagnosed with autism. The A Word cast includes Max Vento, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Vinette Robinson, Greg McHugh, and Christopher Eccleston.

Based on the Israeli Keshet and July August Productions drama series, Yellow Peppers, created and written by Keren Margalit, the English language version of The A Word is written by Peter Bowker.

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Miptv: Netflix, BBC, Hulu deals on day two and three

Miptv: Netflix, BBC, Hulu deals on day two and three
Netflix enters Versailles; BBC One drama Capitol inks deals; Roots world premiere; Walter Presents buys Spanish drama for UK; Hulu reads The Book Of Negroes; Olivier Megaton doc gets sales deal.

Fremantle inks deals for BBC One drama Capital

FremantleMedia has struck three deals for three-part drama Capital, which is produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine Group, for BBC One. Participant Media’s Pivot has taken Us rights, Shaw has taken Canada rights, and BBC Worldwide will air the programme in Australia and New Zealand.

Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling and Gemma Jones star in the series, which Peter Bowker adapted from John Lanchester’s novel. Matt Strevens produced, executive producers were Derek Wax and Lucy Richer.

Walter Presents takes Spanish drama Locked Up for UK

Foreign-language drama Svod brand Walter Presents, which is available in the UK exclusively on Channel 4’s All Four streaming platform, has taken rights to Globomedia’s Spanish-language women prison series
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Capital: Pivot Acquires Us Rights for London Series

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Pivot has acquired the Us rights for the south London-set Capital TV series. Watch a trailer, below. Shaw Media has acquired the Canadian rights, and BBC Worldwide has acquired the rights for Australia and New Zealand. The three part series is an adaptation of John Lanchester's novel of the same name. Capital originally premiered on BBC One in November, 2015.

The cast of Capital includes: Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Radoslaw Kaim, Wunmi Mosaku, Adeel Akhtar, and Gemma Jones. Written by Peter Bowker, Capital is executive produced by Derek Wax and Peter Bowker for Kudos. Lucy Richer executive prodcudes for the BBC, with Matt Strevens producing.

Watch the Capital TV show trailer.

 

 

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MipTV: Pivot Takes U.S. Rights to London-Set Drama ‘Capital’

MipTV: Pivot Takes U.S. Rights to London-Set Drama ‘Capital’
Cannes — Participant Media’s television network Pivot has taken U.S. rights to British drama “Capital,” which has also been licensed by Shaw in Canada, and BBC Worldwide in Australia and New Zealand.

The three-part miniseries, which is produced by Kudos for the BBC in the U.K. and distributed internationally by FremantleMedia Intl., is an adaptation of the novel by John Lanchester. It revolves around the interconnected lives of a diverse group of Londoners who all reside on the same suburban street Pepys Road — but all is not as it seems.

Targeted by a mysterious hate campaign, each of the residents of Pepys Road receives an anonymous postcard through their front doors bearing the menacing message: “We Want What You Have.” But who is behind the campaign and what do they want?

The diverse dwellers include investment banker Roger (played by Toby Jones), who is eagerly anticipating his £1 million
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Tuesday’s best TV: Bake Off: Creme de la Creme; The A Word; Left in Debt Valley

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Somewhat sterile pro version of Bake Off; Peter Bowker’s great autism drama continues; people struggling on the breadline in Wales. Plus: persistantly amazed anthropologist Dr Niobe Thompson traces the rise of homo sapiens

Squeezing the Bake Off icing bag for any last drops of associated glory, a panel of expert pastry chefs put teams of professional pudding makers through their paces. It’s Bake Off: The Professionals but it’s unclear why they didn’t just call it that. Without the charm of the homebakers it’s all a bit sterile and perfectly executed: these people are baking machines rather than charming, flawed enthusiasts. “I want Mary Berry,” howls one of the contestants plaintively. Don’t we all? Julia Raeside

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‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania

‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania
Paris – Graced by David Chase, Cuba Gooding Jr. Harlan Coben, Stephen Poliakoff, Frank Spotnitz, Lucia Puenzo and “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips, the Paris’ 7th Series Mania, a drive by French authorities to create a TV event that can sit side by side with Cannes Festival, will open April 15 with HBO’s sex-and-drugs laced 1970s music-scene drama “Vinyl,” whose creators include Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.

Closing April 24 with Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation “11.22.63,” the premiere French TV festival will also boast a new eight-series international competition as it steps up in scale, ambition and government backing. Industry participation is also expected to grow from last year’s 980 execs.

Fest will also feature four other competitions, focusing on American, French, a worldwide Panorama and Web series, plus as industry highlights, a European TV Series Co-Production Forum running April 19-21, featuring 16 TV projects, and a work-in-progress sneak-peak of “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French original series,
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Tuesday’s best TV: The A Word; One Born Every Minute; Exposure: Saudi Arabia

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Drama from Peter Bowker starring Christopher Eccleston; a return to Liverpool Women’s hospital; undercover in the Saudi kingdom. Plus: Jim Al-Khalili on how the universe started

Set among the awesome vistas of the Lake District, this drama from Peter Bowker follows five-year-old Joe, whose apparent disobedience, isolation and obsessiveness spark a chorus of consternation from mum Alison’s family. Their interfering eventually results in a diagnosis of autism, but with Christopher Eccleston as magnificently blunt grandad Maurice, and spectacular rudeness practised by pretty much everyone else, this looks set to scoop up all kinds of social behaviour into its storyline. Rachel Aroesti

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‘We should be over Rain Man by now’: TV’s fresh look at life with autism

The pleasures and problems of raising an autistic child take centre-stage in BBC drama The A Word

It has too often been portrayed as a problem to be overcome or used as shorthand for otherworldly genius. Now a new BBC drama hopes to present the everyday reality of life with an autistic child.

The A Word, a reworking of the hit Israeli drama Yellow Peppers, starts on BBC1 this month and writer Peter Bowker hopes that it will help viewers understand both the pleasures and problems of raising an autistic child.

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SundanceTV Acquires BBC, Keshet Autism Drama ‘The A-Word’

SundanceTV has acquired the U.S. rights to the BBC drama “The A-Word” as part of a co-production pact with Keshet International.

The six-episode family drama revolves around a family after their 5-year-old son is diagnosed with autism. “A-Word,” written by Peter Bowker, premieres on the BBC in the spring and will air on SundanceTV later this year. Phil Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”) directed.

“It’s hopeful, honest and ultimately about the power of family, and the range of issues that families can face together, from autism to aging to adultery,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC and SundanceTV’s head of original programming.

The cast includes Max Vento, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Vinette Robinson, Greg McHugh and Chris Eccleston.

“The A-Word” is based on the Israeli Keshet and July August Productions series, “Yellow Peppers,” created and written by Keren Margalit, who is also an exec producer on “A-Word.” The British rendition
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Shabana Azmi in BBC One series Capital

At a time when Islamophobia is at a peak, what with several barbaric terror attacks in various parts of the world being claimed responsibility by Islamic extremist groups, Shabana Azmi has dared to play the distraught mother of a young Pakistani man accused of and incarcerated for terrorism in Britain in the BBC One series Capital. It's a feisty role. And Shabana has a terrific time sinking her teeth into the meaty part of a Pakistani matriarch trying to hold her family together in London in a climate of rapidly growing distrust hostility and violence. I saw an episode where Shabana playing the Pakistani matriarch with her family convinces a human-rights lawyer to take up her son's case. Shabana is completely in-control of the situation in the plot and she speaks her lines without any accent. Says Shabana, "Capital is based on journalist-author John Lanchester's book of the same title.
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