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Bowker's approach even at this point was to keep things light. It requires writing of great tact and a lot of skill to do so.
A gentle, intelligent drama about autism, family and love.
As The A Word keeps shaping up, intelligently, to become perhaps the most valuable treatment of autism rendered on screen.
The entire cast is excellent, especially Vento and the actors who portray his parents, Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie.
In its way, The A Word is every bit as good a family drama as, say, This Is Us. Its use of a diverse cast with multiple generations of family members is skillful; its tone switches between laughter and tears without seeming excessively manipulative.
Not having a child with autism I don't feel qualified to say whether The A Word's portrayal of the disorder and its impact on the family is accurate. As a piece of drama, though, it was compelling and unexpectedly cheering.
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