Keshet_international-LogoBased on the Keshet International and July August Productions’ series, The A Word is a drama for BBC One about a family learning to deal with autism. Filming is just getting underway with the cast now set. The LeftoversChristopher Eccleston has come aboard to star alongside Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), Morven Christie (Grantchester), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat) and Vinette Robinson (Sherlock). Written by BAFTA-winner Peter Bowker (Marvellous), it’s co-produced by Fifty Fathoms, Tiger Aspect and Keshet UK.

Newcomer, 6-year-old Max Vento, plays the youngest son of the Hughes family whose everyday world is turned upside down when the boy is diagnosed with autism. A look at parenthood and adulthood, the story follows the family’s quest to learn how to communicate with one another.

The original series, Pilpelim Tsehubim, aired on Keshet in Israel in 2010. It was written and created by Be Tipul (In Treatment) scribe Keren Margalit who will be an executive producer on the UK version. Patrick Spence, Bowker and Jenny Frayn will exec produce for Fifty Fathoms with Sara Johnson and Avi Nir for Keshet. Lucy Richer is EP for BBC One.

The Full Monty‘s Peter Cattaneo is directing for air in late spring.