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Wednesday 8th July 2020

The A Word returns to BBC One on May 5

Joe's life has been turned upside down by his parents' split

BBC One has confirmed the return date of  The A Word, the critically acclaimed hit drama that centres around Joe, a young boy with autism.

The third series picks up with the Hughes family two years on.

The A Word's Hughes family are back (Credit: BBC)

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Like the previous two, it has been penned by award-winning writer Peter Bowker.

He says: "It's a joy to be revisiting the world of The A Word, to move the story of the Hughes family on.

"To have the opportunity to expand our celebration and examination of diversity and humanity in all its myriad forms."

What happened at the end of series 2?

At the end of series two, the family was preparing for the end of year show at eight-year-old Joe's old primary school.

His dad Paul was planning to leave his mum Alison as he felt they were living "separate lives".

Uncle Eddie (Greg McHugh) and Aunty Nicola's rocky relationship came to an end, as Eddie told his estranged wife he just wanted to be her "best friend".

And at the end of Joe's performance, grandad Maurice (Christopher Eccleston) collapsed.

What happens in series 3?

As we rejoin the family, Joe is now 10 and adapting to living in two homes at the same time.

Parents Alison (Morven Christie) and Paul (Lee Ingleby) have indeed divorced and live 100 miles apart.

Beloved big sister Nicola (Vinette Robinson) has moved to London.

Maurice is alive and well in The A Word (Credit: BBC)

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And - spoiler alert - Maurice is still alive and kicking. In fact, he's the only member of the family who appears to have his proverbial together!

Broadchurch and Corrie fave Julie Hesmondhalgh joins the cast this series.

If you need a proper refresher on where we left the brood, the first two series are now on BBC iPlayer.

The A Word begins on BBC One, May 5 at 9pm.

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