BBC One has announced that the third series of The A Word will return on Tuesday 5 May.
We definitely need a constant stream of new series to keep us all occupied during the COVID lockdown.
The broadcaster added that series one and two arriving as boxsets on BBC iPlayer from 9 April.
It’s written by the multi-award winning Peter Bowker and produced by Fifty Fathoms Productions and Keshet Productions.
The A Word family
Two years on and things have changed for the A Word family.
Joe (Max Vento) is 10 and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism.
Alison (Morven Christie) and Paul (Lee Ingleby) are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola (Vinette Robinson) has moved to London. Eddie (Greg McHugh) lives with his dad.
Only Maurice (Christopher Eccleston) is holding it together.
And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble.
A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape, BBC One said.
New faces this series include Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street) Sarah Gordy (Call The Midwife, Holby City) and David Gyasi (Troy: Fall Of A City, Man In An Orange Shirt).
Filming for the new series of The A Word took place last year in the Lake District and Manchester with Fergus O’Brien as lead director and Clare Shepherd as producer.
Lucy Richer executive produced for the BBC with Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Marcus Wilson for Fifty Fathoms Productions and Howard Burch, Avi Nir and Keren Margalit for Keshet International.