A Kind of Spark

BBC Children’s lights a spark with 9 Story

Live-action series A Kind of Spark is based on a book about a neurodivergent 11-year-old who explores centuries-old witch trials.
October 12, 2021

BBC Children’s is partnering with 9 Story Media Group to adapt a book called A Kind of Spark for television. The live-action series will follow 11-year-old Addie, who is neurodivergent, as she explores the history of witch trials that happened in her hometown centuries before.

Targeting kids ages seven to 12, the eight x 24-minute show focuses on magic, mystery and inclusion. A premiere date has not been announced yet.

A Kind of Spark will be produced by 9 Story Media Group and adapted for TV by Anna McCleery (The Secret Life of Boys), who will also write the series scripts with book author Elle McNicoll, who is neurodivergent.

This new series joins a growing roster of new content and consumer products designed for/featuring neurodivergent kids. The LEGO Foundation partnered with UK-based Play Included to train teachers and psychologists on how to use LEGO for therapeutic purposes for neurodivergent kids as part of LEGO’s Brick-by-Brick program. Sesame Workshop recently expanded its “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” program with new resources and content. And Paper Owl Films just announced plans to age up its preschool series about autistic character Pablo for five to eights.

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