The BBC's hugely-popular drama The A Word concluded its second series this evening (December 12), and fans are already desperate for a third.
The show, which stars Christopher Eccleston, follows the Hughes family as they come to terms with their young son Joe's autism diagnosis and the daily trials of family life.
Today's finale was full of The A Word's usual bittersweet charm and had tears and laughs aplenty as Joe performed a poem at a school show with his whole family right beside him.
As to be expected, The A Word's finale has received rave reviews from fans, who are full of praise for the show's touching portrayal of autism and the autistic spectrum.
Hailing the 'great writing and outstanding performances', one viewer congratulated the Peter Bowker-penned series for its "brilliant" portrayal of autism. "Series 3 please," they added.
While others thanked the show for raising awareness of 'such an important issue' with sensitivity and respect.
If this final episode was all about people’s hopes and fears about the future – we hope that there will be a 3rd series of #TheAWord!- National Autistic Society (@Autism) December 12, 2017
“I’m Joe’s sister and I’m the only one in the world that knows what that feels like.” Thank you, just thank you to @mollyflo_wright for the portrayal of someone with an autistic sibling and both the joy and fear it brings ]]>💜👏😢😢👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💃🏻