We’re catching up with the Hughes family again as The A Word makes its return with a second series.

When it first aired in March 2016, the drama - set in the Lake District - won over viewers with its honest take on how a life-changing autism diagnosis can impact on a whole family.

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There are plenty of fans who can’t wait to see the new episodes but if you've not seen the show before or just need to refresh your memory on who’s who, read on to find out more about the BBC programme’s cast and characters.

Max Vento – Joe Hughes

Returning as the star of the show is Max Vento as Joe, the little boy who has been diagnosed as autistic.

Vento was new to acting when he put in his first heartwarming performance as the loveable child who was struggling to make sense of the world, and this time the story will pick up two years on when he is seven.

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Joe is starting to realise that he is a little different to other children, but still doesn’t understand what the word 'autism' actually means. He’ll continue to be the glue that holds his family together, even while they are falling apart over adjusting to his problems.

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Morven Christie – Alison Hughes

Fiercely protective mum Alison is back to fight Joe’s corner and battle to get him the help that he needs, both at school and at home. Viewers saw her clash with her husband over their differences in dealing with autism in the first series.

Morven Christie will be familiar as the star of a number of high-profile TV dramas. She features in period murder mystery series Grantchester alongside James Norton, and played an ousted employee sparring with her maternity cover (Vicky McClure) in mini-series The Replacement.

Lee Ingleby – Paul Hughes

Joe’s dad Paul embraced his son’s love of music in the first series in hopes of connecting with the little boy, but his laid-back approach clashed with his wife’s.

Actor Lee Ingleby is another regular star of hit TV series – his most notable roles outside of The A Word are as John Bacchus in Inspector George Gently, featured in the most recent series of Line of Duty, and also starred in Our Zoo.

Christopher Eccleston – Maurice Scott

Maurice is Joe’s grandfather, who had his own struggles in missing his late wife during the programme’s first series. How will his relationship with Joe continue to impact on both of their lives?

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Christopher Eccleston is best known to viewers as Doctor Who's Ninth Doctor, but before he led the revival of the sci-fi show, he was recognisable as one of the lead characters in 90s drama Our Friends in the North. In more recent years, he has featured in thrillers Fortitude and Safe House, as well as US series The Leftovers.

Molly Wright – Rebecca Hughes

Joe’s older sister Rebecca often gets overlooked thanks to the attention being focused elsewhere in her family. Will this make her resentful, or will she take advantage of it?

Molly Wright, like her screen brother, is fairly new to the world of acting, but sharp-eyed viewers may recognise her from her role as Michelle Keegan’s character Georgie Lane’s sister Lulu in the BBC army drama Our Girl.

Greg McHugh & Vinette Robinson – Eddie Scott & Nicola Daniels

Eddie and Nicola are Joe’s uncle and aunt who Rebecca turns to for support when her family forget about her needs.

Greg McHugh may just be recognisable as oddball Howard in sitcom Fresh Meat and Bonehead from Bad Education, while Vinette Robinson had stints in Waterloo Road and Sherlock, as well as starring in wartime drama Close to the Enemy.

 

The A Word series 2 begins on Tuesday, November 7 at 9pm on BBC One.