The A Word spin-off is groundbreaking television with a big heart

Ralph & Katie

The drama from screenwriter and showrunner Peter Bowker The A word, about a dysfunctional family with a young boy, Joe, at center on the autism spectrum, won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of an often misunderstood condition. Although it was based on the Israeli series Yellow peppersBowker was largely inspired by the 12 years he spent teaching children with learning disabilities, including autism, before he began writing.

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Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy present Ralph & Katie.

Now he has written a spin-off comedy drama centering on two characters who appeared in the show’s third season.

The A word Fans will remember Ralph (Leon Harrop) as the son of Louise (Pooky Quesnel), partner of Joe’s grandfather Maurice (Christopher Eccleston, who is sadly missing here and apparently trekking to his 60th in Nepal).

In season three, Ralph married his girlfriend Katie (Sarah Gordy), despite much fuss from their respective parents – both Ralph and Katie have Down syndrome.

Well, some indefinite time on the line, Ralph & Katie takes the happily married couple into their new home and navigates through life as newlyweds.

They live in a lovely little house (still in the scenic Lake District) and both have jobs in the village. not how The A word, there is little tension beyond married life here, and the focus is on the everyday things rather than the disabilities the main characters live with. Although in the first episode, Ralph’s mother has to be convinced that the couple made the right decision in hiring a new laborer. Danny (Dylan Brady) is younger and cooler than Louise would like; She also remembers him as one of the “cool” kids from Ralph’s school – if not a bully, then one of those kids who turned a blind eye.

Set in the Lakes District, the comedy-drama is wholesome but not cheesy.

Set in the Lakes District, the comedy-drama is wholesome but not cheesy.

But Ralph stands by his and Katie’s decision, and soon Danny becomes one of their circle of friends. Each half-hour episode is self-contained and focuses on more gentle issues that arise in the couple’s marriage or in their friendship group: Katie’s friend Emma (Jamie Marie Leary) breaks up with her boyfriend and comes over to lick her wounds, and eventually welcome them; Ralph is jealous of Katie’s past life with an ex-boyfriend; When Ralph injures his leg, Katie has second thoughts about what kind of woman she wants to be. In addition to Quesnel, Sherry Baines and Nigel Betts also reappear as Katie’s parents The A word‘s Tom (Matt Greenwood), but there’s also a cast of new characters, including Craig Cash, who does his usual Nordic trick as their slightly odd but well-meaning neighbor Brian. The A Word spin-off is groundbreaking television with a big heart

Jaclyn Diaz

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