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PUBLISHED: 00:01 07 November 2017

Programme Name: The A word S2 - TX: 14/11/2017 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Joe Hughes (MAX VENTO) - (C) Fifty Fathoms - Photographer: James Stack

Programme Name: The A word S2 - TX: 14/11/2017 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Joe Hughes (MAX VENTO) - (C) Fifty Fathoms - Photographer: James Stack

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Tuesday's best TV: The A Word, Motherland, Pride of Britain

The A Word, BBC1, 9pm

There’s a much-anticipated second series for The A Word as we return to the see the Hughes and Scott families two years after the end of series one.

Peter Bowker’s powerful Lake District-set drama is back following Joe who was diagnosed with autism at the age of six, which threw his family into panic about how they would cope with a little boy who communicated in a different way to other children.

Tonight, we realise that Joe himself has started to realise he is a little bit different and that he’s struggling to fit in with the world around him. But how should his parents Alison and Paul broach the A word with a child for whom language is already difficult?

Also growing up is Joe’s sister Rebecca who is now 19 and has been travelling round Africa on a gap year before crashing back into the family home with a backpack, a tattoo and a boyfriend, James. Having met her family and kid brother, James can’t wait to escape again, but Rebecca has other ideas.

Two years after splitting from Nicola, Eddie is the one that got away – he has a new life in Manchester with a flat and a good job, but he can’t quite shake the old Eddie off, not least because Nicola keeps dragging him back to the Lakes. Having never told her parents that she and Eddie are divorced, Nicola is horrified when they turn up for a surprise visit.

And Maurice is feeling awkward too when he finds himself at old flame Louise’s doorstep – they’ve hardly spoken in two years, but all that’s about to change when Louise’s son Ralph applies for a job at Scott’s Brewery.

“I am delighted that the show has resonated with a wide audience and am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the family and Joe further along their journey,” said Bowker, “I’m also delighted to be rifling through my musical history and calling it work.

“If the first series was about diagnosis and denial, then the second series is about the journey that is undertaken when you ‘go public’ about the fact that your child is different.’Autistic’ is a word Joe has heard but can’t yet understand. ‘Different’ is what he feels and he fears it might be something bad.”

The A Word stars The Replacement star Morven Christie and Our Zoo’s Lee Ingleby as Alison and Paul.

Motherland, BBC2, 10pm: It’s all about the kids tonight, whether it’s the Secret Life of Four Year Olds (C4, 8pm), The A Word or this highly-anticipated comedy which won a series after the pilot went down a storm as part of the BBC’s landmark sitcom thread. This is the real face of parenting: competitive mums, cafes full of awful kids, dog-poo bags standing in as lunchboxes, horrific birthday parties and uncooperative relatives. I’ve got high hopes this will be a corker. This first episode sees events organiser Julia hosting her child’s party. Hold on tight.

The Pride of Britain Awards 2017, ITV, 8pm: Is this Carol Voderman’s only gig of the year or am I wearing Voderman-proof specs the rest of the time? There are more stars at tonight’s awards than there are in the sky paying tribute to some properly amazing people who have shown the kind of exceptional spirit you wish you could tap. Award winners can look forward to being given gongs by, amongst others, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. Or they could get David Beckham. Imagine the disappointment if you got him and not May. Ahem.

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