BBC One has announced today that it has commissioned a new series focusing on Ralph (Leon Harrop) and Katie (Sarah Gordy), the well-loved characters from ‘The A Word’.
Ralph and Katie (6 x 30’) will be written by Peter Bowker alongside new and emerging disabled writers to tell the continuing story of Ralph (Leon Harrop) and Katie (Sarah Gordy), an inspirational and loving young couple who are embarking on the biggest adventure of their lives. Ralph and Katie have just had the wedding of the year… so what happens next? ‘Ralph and Katie’ tracks their first year of married life, with each 30-minute episode featuring a different story focusing on the domestic challenges faced by the newlyweds – challenges faced by all newlyweds, but with the added fact that they have Down’s Syndrome.
Peter Bowker said: “‘Ralph and Katie’ is a natural step forwards from the ongoing ambition of ‘The A Word’ to increase representation and diversity both on and off-screen. Equally exciting is the opportunity to work again with two young actors as talented as Leon and Sarah. It is a tribute to their performances in ‘The A Word’ that the BBC have commissioned this series.”
Sarah Gordy said: “It is great to be able to take the character of Katie forward after her exciting journey in Series 3 of ‘The A Word’. The wedding and the dress was a dream come true for Katie. I am so looking forward to seeing what comes next in Ralph and Katie’s married life.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “After three series of ‘The A Word’, we are so excited to see Sarah and Leon lead their own show and by the team of talented writers that Pete and his team are assembling to bring this new chapter in Ralph and Katie’s relationship to life.”
Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down’s Syndrome Association said: “We’re so pleased that Ralph and Katie’s story will be continuing, and that Leon and Sarah, two marvellous actors, are getting this well-deserved opportunity to play the central characters in a BBC drama.”
Ralph and Katie will air on BBC One.