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Christopher Eccleston as Maurice Scott, Morven Christie as Alison Hughes, Max Vento as Joe Hughes; group - The A Word _ Season 1, Episode 2 - (Photo: Rory Mulvey/Sundance TV)

If you’re still mourning the end of Parenthood, we’ve found the perfect fix. In the equally witty, slice-of-life family drama The A Word, premiering Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c on Sundance TV, Doctor Who and The LeftoversChristopher Eccleston plays Maurice, the recently widowed patriarch of a family in crisis after the diagnosis of his five-year-old grandson Joe with autism. While Joe’s parents (Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie) grapple with their son’s predicament, Maurice stays occupied by dishing out his blunt brand of wisdom to his family members. You might call Maurice tactless, but as you can see in this exclusive teaser, he clearly sees himself more as rigorously honest. Remind you of a certain leather-clad time traveler?

Yes, that was actress Vinette Robinson (a.k.a. Sherlock‘s Sgt. Donovan) you spied in the clip.

How excited are you to see Eccleston back on U.S. TV?

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.