Anna Kennedy and her two charity champions Mala Thapar and Jo Wiggins were invited to the preview screening of episode one of BBC One’s returning drama ‘The A Word’ in central London alongside journalists and Steve Diggle from Buzzcocks.

‘The A Word’ was filmed in the Lake District and Manchester and Mrs Kennedy was invited to the first series premiere almost 2 years ago and was excited to see how series two of ‘The A Word’ picks up two years on from where the programme left Joe aged 5, who is played by Max Vento and how he had changed and progressed. Now age seven, Joe has begun to look at the world and finds he doesn’t fit in.

Writer Peter Bowker explains at the Q&A : “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, Vinette Robinson, Pooky Quesnell and Molly Wright.

Anna Kennedy shared : She really enjoyed the first programme and felt Peter Bowker had taken on board comments and reviews made by families of children with autism from the first series.

She 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 24 and 27 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.

I am looking forward to seeing series 2 and see how the story unfolds with all the characters in November’

Anna Kennedy OBE
Director