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The A Word

The A Word

BBC One 2016

The various generations of the Hughes family, who all love, work and fight like any other clan, find they must learn to communicate all over again when the youngest member is diagnosed with autism.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The A Word

The A Word - S2E6

#1 - Same Deep Water (Season 2 - Episode 6)

An "End of Year Show" at Joe's old school brings his family members together. Paul’s deepest feelings about his son’s autism emerge when Nicola makes a film of Joe’s behaviours. Eddie reaches D-Day with Holly, while Maurice makes a shocking proposal.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 46 votes.

The A Word - S3E1

#2 - Episode 1 (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Unsettled by a change in his life, Joe rejects his headphones. Maurice tries to solve all his family’s problems, Alison clashes with a stranger, and Rebecca has some big news.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 28 votes.

The A Word - S3E4

#3 - Episode 4 (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Alison brings the family together when she organises a sponsored walk for Joe. Paul gets a surprise from Sarah, and Maurice feels rejected by Ralph.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 30 votes.

The A Word - S3E6

#4 - Episode 6 (Season 3 - Episode 6)

When Rebecca goes into labour, it falls to Joe to help his sister. Alison makes a decision about Ben, Paul makes Mark an offer, and Maurice has a big question for Louise.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 31 votes.

The A Word - S1E6

#5 - Lost (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Alison brokers a peace with Paul in time for the gastropub opening, but Joe goes missing.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 92 votes.

The A Word - S3E3

#6 - Episode 3 (Season 3 - Episode 3)

Maurice and Eddie lock horns on a kids camping trip. Paul tries to forge a connection with Joe. Rebecca interrupts Alison’s date with Ben to confront her about motherhood.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 28 votes.

The A Word - S3E5

#7 - Episode 5 (Season 3 - Episode 5)

Louise and Maurice are shaken when an unwelcome visitor arrives on the eve of Ralph’s wedding. Mark and Joe test Paul and Sarah’s liberalism when they strike out on their own.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 33 votes.

The A Word - S1E1

#8 - Diagnosis (Season 1 - Episode 1)

At Joe's birthday party, tensions rise when it's suggested he has communication problems.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 126 votes.

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#9 - Home School (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Following Joe’s diagnosis, Alison wants to protect her son and takes him out of school without telling Paul. He and Rebecca believe that Joe shouldn’t have to change to fit into the world.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 105 votes.

The A Word - S1E5

#10 - Goodbye (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Alison is hit hard when Joe's helper Maya looks set to be deported. As Paul and Eddie discover their wives both want different things, Maurice is left kicking himself for letting Louise go.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 84 votes.

The A Word - S1E4

#11 - Sleepover (Season 1 - Episode 4)

An impromptu attempt to win Joe some friends leads to a breakthrough moment for Alison, but how long can it last? Maurice and Louise come to blows over Joe, while Rebecca turns to Eddie for relationship advice.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 85 votes.

The A Word - S1E3

#12 - Therapy (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Alison has to deal with a blast from her past after Maggie, a speech and language therapist, shows up to assess Joe.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 99 votes.

The A Word - S2E5

#13 - Family Album (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Nicola makes a 'film' of Joe's behaviors. Maurice makes a shocking proposal.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 50 votes.

The A Word - S2E4

#14 - Falling (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Paul and Alison reconnect. Maurice has an existential crisis. Eddie teaches Joe to ride bikes.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 49 votes.

The A Word - S2E1

#15 - Naming Day (Season 2 - Episode 1)

When Joe says the A word for the first time, Paul and Alison know they must talk to him about his autism. Maurice is catapulted back into the life of Louise, and Eddie and Nicola have a secret to keep.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 59 votes.


Last updated: jan 20, 2023


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