by Michelle Diament
Originally published: June 24, 2016
One family’s experience with a child on the spectrum is at the heart of a drama premiering on television this summer.
The British show “The A Word” will debut in July on SundanceTV.
The one-hour drama, which aired on BBC One earlier this year in the United Kingdom, focuses on a “messy, extended family with a child with autism at its center,” the cable network says.
The show’s first episode finds 30-something parents Alison and Paul Hughes living with their teenage daughter Rebecca and son Joe, a boy who’s thought to be eccentric with a need for routine and who is never without his headphones.
But when Joe’s extended family convenes for the boy’s fifth birthday, it becomes clear that his issues may run deeper.