Anna Kennedy OBE was invited to the preview screenings of episode one of both series of BBC One’s returning drama ‘The A Word‘ .
I was excited to see now how series 3 of ‘The A Word’ picks up a few years on from where the programme left Joe now 10 years old who is played by the talented actor Max Vento and how is character has evolved and how he has changed and progressed.
Writer Peter Bowker chatted to Anna at the premiere of the second series sharing: “Autistic is a word Joe has heard but can’t yet understand. Different is what he feels, and fears might be something bad. It’s up to the whole family to help Joe make sense of who he is and his place in the world. But to do that, they must first be honest about themselves…”
The series stars Christopher Eccelston, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh and Molly Wright.
Autism Campaigner Anna Kennedy is enjoying the third series and felt Peter Bowker had taken on board comments and reviews made by families of children with autism from the first two series.
I am loving the relation of Max with his sister its so lovely.
I also love Christopher Eccleston character his facial expressions are priceless.
Another of my favourite characters is the Actor Travis Smith who plays the character Mark Berwick.
Travis is autistic and is doing a fabulous job and a great role model for the autism community.
Anna shared: “You are never going to please the whole of the autism community however, what the programme does is spark conversation about autism and the programme. Even though my sons are 27 and 30 there were certain scenes that pulled at my heart strings and brought back memories of the struggles, anxieties but also remembering and celebrating special moments and laughs that were shared as a family.”
Recently many parents have asked me ‘When is the right time to share your son or daughters diagnosis with them. In my opinion its when you feel it is the right time. You know your child best. It is important to work with your son or daughter’s school and plan as much as possible together to support the child. There are some great books available that can help you explain too ‘.
She concluded “I am looking forward to seeing how the series progresses until the end and look forward to the possibility of Series 4.