Canada and Australia Take BBC Series 'The A Word'
The BBC recently greenlit a second season of the autism drama, which airs on SundanceTV in the U.S.
Canada's CBC network and BBC First Australia have picked up critically acclaimed drama series The A Word, the BBC's sleeper hit, from Keshet International.
The drama about a family with an autistic son, is an adaptation of the Israeli series Yellow Peppers, and the first U.K. production by Keshet, a shingle famous for Prisoners of War, the series on which Homeland was based.
The BBC recently greenlit a second season of The A Word, which airs on SundanceTV in the U.S. The first season drew a consolidated average audience of 5.5 million and a 22 percent market share on the BBC.
Keshet International also closed deals for the series with public broadcasters in Finland (YLE), Iceland (RUV), Croatia (HRT) and Slovenia (RTV). Israeli pay TV network YES will air the series there. Alpha TV in Greece picked up format rights to the show to make a local-language adaptation, which Indigo View will produce.
The A Word was is written by BAFTA winner Peter Bowker (Blackpool) and directed by Oscar nominee Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty).