Christopher A Eccleston of The A Word called I’m A Celebrity candidates “holes ***” after ITV had a scheduling conflict with the BBC drama in 2017.
The Doctor Who star, 56, is back as his character Maurice Scott for the third series which was a hit with viewers during the lockdown.
The A Word follows the Hughes family as they reconcile with the diagnosis of autism in their youngest child, Joe’s. It is located in the Lake District.
Hitting out: The A Word’s Christopher Eccleston called I’m A Celebrity candidates “*** holes” after ITV had a scheduling conflict with BBC drama in 2017 (pictured in 2019)
Speaking of the second season, which was scheduled at the time when I was a celebrity in 2017, Christopher joked to iNews that it was “disheartening” that viewers preferred to watch the jungle series during the BBC drama .
He said: “It is very disheartening for me to think that the British public would rather watch a load of *** holes in the jungle eating spiders than watching our drama.
“We have always written about the joy and pain of being part of a large extended family and, during this period of confinement, we were forced.
“I think a big part of our attraction is that it focuses on the family, so we could really resonate this time. “
‘Dispiriting!’: Speaking of the second season, which was scheduled at the time when I was a celebrity in 2017, Christopher joked, telling iNews that it was “disheartening” that viewers preferred to watch the jungle series on the BBC drama (I’m a celebrity hosting Ant and Dec in the photo)
Return: The 56-year-old Doctor Who star is back as character Maurice Scott for the third series, which was a hit with viewers during the lockout
Christopher plays protective grandfather Maurice in the BBC drama and previously joked that he was “happy to be the grandfather.”
He told the Daily Mail’s Weekend: “As long as he can run until dusk – I’m not ready for the mobility scooter yet! “
Christopher also revealed that he had nothing but praise for the BBC drama and that he had more public reaction than anything he had done.
He said: “The response and success of The A Word has been tremendous. People stop talking about The A Word more than anything I’ve ever done. More than Hillsborough, Cracker or our friends from the North. “
Christopher continued, “People say,” Thank you for doing it, because my son, daughter, grandson, friend of a friend has someone on the spectrum. ” They say thank you for making this positive and fun.
“Because we all go on with our lives, right, whatever a family has to do. So it’s not a piece of soap box; it’s actually about the positivity that Joe’s condition brings and how families come together and have to look at their own behavior.
The third series A Word continues on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on BBC One.
Premise: The A Word follows the Hughes family as they reconcile with the diagnosis of autism for their youngest child, Joe’s. It takes place in the Lake District (photo with co-stars Max Vento and Morven Christie on show)