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RTKangaMummy Tue 22-Mar-16 20:22:38

I think this is going to be good

Five-year-old Joe is a smart, musical kid. He spends his time with headphones on listening to alt-rock classics and knowing every line of the lyrics. He can be a bit quiet and uncooperative but nothing that overly troubles his parents – or at least, nothing they’ll admit to…

As we meet Joe and his clan in Peter Bowker’s well-worked drama (adapted from an Israeli series) it is the day of Joe’s birthday. Around him a wider family battle simmers nicely as Joe’s interfering grandfather (Christopher Eccleston) and humiliated uncle strike sparks off each other.

That domestic cut-and-thrust might be enough in itself, but we know the real driver of the story will be Joe’s condition. It’s only the slightest of spoilers to reveal that, as the title hints heavily, Joe has autism. His grandfather’s attitude is old school: “If there’s a problem with my grandson, we need to get it fixed.” It won’t be that simple.

1/6. New series. The various generations of the Hughes family, who all love, work and fight like any other clan, find they must learn to communicate all over again when the youngest member is diagnosed with autism. The opening episode of the drama sees the extended family reunite in the Lake District for Joe's fifth birthday party, but tensions soon rise among Alison, Paul and patriarch Maurice. Starring Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby and Christopher Eccleston.


Alison Hughes Morven Christie
Paul Hughes Lee Ingleby
Eddie Scott Greg McHugh
Nicola Daniels Vinette Robinson
Joe Hughes Max Vento
Rebecca Hughes Molly Wright
Maurice Scott Christopher Eccleston
David Nowak Adam Wittek
Pavel Kaminski Tommie Grabiec
Linda Michelle Tate
Jane Joanna Bond
Sea Lily Verity Henry
Ralph Wilson Leon Harrop
Louise Wilson Pooky Quesnel
Martha Catherine Kinsella
Terry George Bukhari
Dr Eshell Siri Ellis
Dr Waite Mina Anwar
Receptionist Denice Hope
Dr Graves Daniel CerqueiraCREW
Director Peter Cattaneo
Executive Producer Patrick Spence
Producer Marcus Wilson
Writer Peter Bowker

RTKangaMummy Tue 22-Mar-16 20:55:16

about to start

FeedMyFaceWithJaffaCakes Tue 22-Mar-16 20:56:57

I'm ready for it smilebrew

RTKangaMummy Tue 22-Mar-16 21:00:47

bumpity bump

Snazarooney Tue 22-Mar-16 21:10:19

Very excited! Loving it so far!

CremeEggThief Tue 22-Mar-16 21:11:33

Watching. Good so far.

stealtheatingtunnocks Tue 22-Mar-16 21:13:02

glad I'm catching this. Thanks for the reminder!

TheWrathofNaan Tue 22-Mar-16 21:14:36

I think it's really clunky so far. Not a brilliant script or acting. Christopher Eccleston is too young to play a grandad!

TooAswellAlso Tue 22-Mar-16 21:18:48

I like it.

The singing of the CBeebies song made me well up though, was what I always sung to mine.

My DS is a 9 year old HF ASD. This is rather good so far representation.

FeedMyFaceWithJaffaCakes Tue 22-Mar-16 21:19:17

AMAZING soundtrack so far!!!

Sirzy Tue 22-Mar-16 21:21:54

I am watching thinking "that's so Ds" to so many bits. I did manage to fill up at the party invite scene blush

AYD2MITalkTalk Tue 22-Mar-16 21:22:02

Clunky was the first word I used too. The whole family talking about it in a group? The exposition? The ticking-off one by one of every symptom on the list and every stereotype? It might get better tho.

FeedMyFaceWithJaffaCakes Tue 22-Mar-16 21:25:41

Chris eccleson isn't too young, but he is on the younger end of the spectrum. Let's give it a chance to warm up!!

KimmySchmidtsSmile Tue 22-Mar-16 21:27:45

He just turned down a definite shag??!

googlepoodle Tue 22-Mar-16 21:38:46

Dreadful so far. Acting awful but might be due to writing. No build up of the stress leading up to diagnosis.

Helmetbymidnight Tue 22-Mar-16 21:39:33

I'm enjoying it

MadauntofA Tue 22-Mar-16 21:40:20

Awful representation of the doctor

FeedMyFaceWithJaffaCakes Tue 22-Mar-16 21:40:36

They don't think there's anything wrong...
They think he's just being him...

KimmySchmidtsSmile Tue 22-Mar-16 21:42:23

The little boy playing Joe can act.

woody2976 Tue 22-Mar-16 21:42:42

Christopher Eccleston best thing in it. Disappointed so far.

TheWrathofNaan Tue 22-Mar-16 21:42:54

Feed - I meant too old in the sense if he is playing grandparents now then that is really aging me!

I think the comedy elements is making this jar with me although I can understand why they would want to lighten things up.

VertigoNun Tue 22-Mar-16 21:43:28

Marking my place for when I watch the recording.

pigeonpoo Tue 22-Mar-16 21:46:26

I was thinking how good the boy actor is too

FeedMyFaceWithJaffaCakes Tue 22-Mar-16 21:46:34

A dr would never EVER say that

TheWrathofNaan Tue 22-Mar-16 21:47:10

Two appointments and he's diagnosed!!!

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