The new spin-off series for BBC1 will debut in October 2022 and will be a follow-up to the well-loved actors from the hit drama, played by Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy, who both have Downs Syndrome.
The six 30-minute sequences will follow the first year of marriage for the inspiring young couple, as they get to grips with a new set of challenges all newlyweds following their unique wedding featured in.
Here''s everything we know so far about BBC1''s uplifting new spin-off Ralph & Katie...
Ralph & Katie release date
Starts on Wednesday, October 5 on BBC1, starting in double bills. The series will also be available as a box-set on BBC iPlayer. This guide should be updated as soon as we know if it will get a US and international air date.
Is there a Ralph & Katie trailer?
Yes! The trailer shows Ralph and Katie transitioning to a married life together, but how will they cope with all of the difficulties that come with being a Mr and Mrs?
Ralph & Katie plot
Ralph and his new wife Katie embark on the greatest adventure of their lives following their marriage in series three of in 2020. Each episode will feature a different story focusing on the domestic difficulties faced by all newlyweds, but with the addition that Ralph and Katie have Downs Syndrome.
Ralph (Leon Harrop) and Katie have relocated together to improve their domesticity, romance, and regular visits from Ralphs shady, disgruntled mother Clare (Pooky Quesnel) and Katie''s anxious parents Clare (Pooky Quesnel) and Steve (Nigel Betts). During the conversation, Craig Cash plays Ralph and Katie, a friendly but well-meaning neighbor.
Sarah Gordy is playing Katie with Ralph & Katie.
"For Ralph and Katie, it''s their journey through bad times and good times," Sarah Gordy says, who plays Katie. "But both Katie''s family and Ralphs are still interfering. It''s a bad day!"
Sarahs is really pleased that the pioneering series is putting two actors with Downs Syndrome on the back of the stage, while several of the actors are neurodivergent or have disabilities. It''s fantastic. This project is so close to my heart, and its wonderful being the leading lady!"
Sarah Gordy has had a slew of TV roles, including, and. She was Lady Pamela Holland in the series ITV, which she previously appeared in.
"It''s fantastic to have Katie take on the stage after her fantastic journey in series three of," Sarah said. "It''s a pleasure to see Katie''s character get involved in the wedding and the dress, according to Sarah. "It was a fantastic experience for Katie. I am so looking forward to seeing what''s next in Ralph and Katie''s married life."
Leon Harrop is on playing Ralph and Katie.
"The story begins when they are husband and wife, but different things come through, such as a health scare, activities with Katie''s parents, and Christmas. Ralph and Katie are now married and they have a good relationship, and they both said that he will help her. Ralph said to Katie when she was married, and she said the same thing."
Leon Harrop has appeared in, and aside from playing Ralph.
Ralph & Katie cast who else is starring
In Pooky Quesnelreprises the role ofLouise, Ralph''s mother, and now Katie''s mother-in-law. Other familiar faces areNigel Betts(, ), and Sherry Baines, who play Katie''s parents Steve and Clare. There is also a welcome return forMatt Greenwood(, ) who previously surpassed audiences.
Craig Cash(,, ) as their neighbour Brian,Dylan Brady, as Dan,Jamie Marie Leary, Emma,Sam Retford, and Gary andDaniel Cerqueira, among the others, who have joined the team.
More about Ralph & Katie and filming news
In the first half of 2022, filmed in several stunning lakeside locations in the Lake District and Manchester''s Space Studios. It''s co-produced for the BBC byITV StudiosandKeshet Productionsin association with Tiger Aspect.
"Ralph & Katie is a natural step forwards from The A Word''s ongoing desire to increase representation and diversity both on and off screen," writes writer Peter Bowker. "Equally rewarding is the opportunity to continue working with two young actors as talented as Leon and Sarah. This is a tribute to the BBC''s production of The A Word.
The writers'' studio have crafted a slew of plays that are filled with joy, humour, and authenticity. It will be exciting to see the fantastic cast bring them to life under the direction of Jordan Hogg.
"After three series of series, were so happy to see Sarah and Leon lead their own show, as well as by the talented writers that Pete and his team are assembling to bring this new chapter in Ralph and Katies'' relationship to life," says Piers Wenger, the BBC Drama''s head.
"We are so pleased that the story of Ralph and Katie will continue, and that Leon and Sarah, two fantastic actors, are getting this well-deserved opportunity to play the central characters in a BBC drama," says Carol Boys, the Chief Executive of the Downs Syndrome Association.
A brief catch-up on The A Word
Following the Hughes family, which returned for a third series on BBC1 in 2020, has seen Joe (Max Vento) change their lives since his son diagnosed with autism. The most recent season saw Joe come to terms with his parents Alison (Morven Christie) and Paul (Lee Ingleby splitting up.
Ralph is the son of Louise Wilson (Pooky Quesnel), who is dating Maurice Scott (Christopher Eccleston) and stars Greg McHugh and Vinette Robinson, Molly Wright, and Julie Hesmondhalgh in the series.
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