SundanceTV Announces Family Drama Series “The A Word”
SundanceTV announced from the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour a co-production partnership with Keshet International, which will also see it become the first broadcaster outside the UK to air the Fifty Fathoms, Keshet UK and BBC One family drama series THE A WORD. Following a deal brokered by WME, Keshet International and AMC Networks, the six-episode, one-hour drama will premiere on SundanceTV at a date (to be announced) following the BBC premiere in spring 2016.
Dramatic, thought-provoking and lighthearted, THE A WORD captures an authentic portrait of a contemporary family after their young son is diagnosed with autism. The series tracks the lives of 5-year-old Joe (Max Vento); Joe’s parents, Paul (Lee Ingleby, Our Zoo, Inspector George Gently) and Alison (Morven Christie, Grantchester), who struggle with parenting philosophies; his aunt and uncle, Nicola (Vinette Robinson, Sherlock) and Eddie (Greg McHugh, Fresh Meat), who are working through unfaithfulness in their marriage; and his grandfather, Maurice (Chris Eccleston, The Leftovers, Fortitude), a recent widower and the owner of the family brewery.
“THE A WORD is exactly the kind of intimate, unique and emotionally impactful story we want to showcase on SundanceTV, said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “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. We can’t wait to share it with our growing universe of SundanceTV viewers.”
THE A WORD is based on the Israeli Keshet 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 multiple BAFTA winner and Golden Globe® nominee Peter Bowker (Marvellous, Blackpool), directed by Oscar® nominee and BAFTA winner Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev), Dominic Leclerc (Shameless) and Susan Tully (Good Cop). The series is a Fifty Fathoms (Fortitude) and Keshet UK co-production for BBC One and is executive produced for Fifty Fathoms by Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Jenny Frayn, by Sara Johnson and Avi Nir for Keshet and by Lucy Richer for BBC One. Marcus Wilson (Doctor Who, Life on Mars) is a producer.
THE A WORD joins SundanceTV’s 2016 slate of scripted dramas, which will also include season four of Peabody Award-winning Rectify; Hap and Leonard based on the Joe Lansdale novels and featuring James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Christina Hendricks; The Last Panthers, a co-production with Sky Atlantic and CANAL+ starring Samantha Morton and John Hurt; Cleverman from Australia co-produced with Red Arrow International; and Rebellion, an Irish mini-series co-produced with Zodiak Rights, Touchpaper TV and RTÉ.