The A Word was selected from a short list of critically acclaimed series from all over Europe to be awarded with the Jury’s Special prize for European Fiction at the La Rochelle Festival de la Fiction TV.
The Festival has been honoring French and international dramas since 1999. More than 25,000 people attend each year. The event combines screenings of premium drama, an international competition, industry gatherings and professional panels.
The A Word is a unique and thought-provoking drama about a complicated extended family with a child newly diagnosed with autism at the centre. The six part series aired on BBC One earlier this year and achieved consistent success in its primetime slot, with an average audience of 5.5 million and 22% audience share. It also aired successfully on SundanceTV this summer.
The A Word , co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK, is written by the multiple BAFTA winner and Golden Globe nominee Peter Bowker (Marvellous, Blackpool ) and directed by Oscar® nominee and BAFTA winner Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev ). It is based on the original Israeli drama Yellow Peppers by Keren Margalit, who also executively produced on the UK series.