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‘A Kind of Spark’ Shortlisted for Scope Disability Equality Awards

By January 25, 2024Featured News, News

The shortlist for the 2024 Scope Disability Equality Awards has been revealed and we are thrilled to share that our live-action series, A Kind of Spark, has been nominated in the ‘Media Moment’ award category. The Scope Awards shine a spotlight on equality champions who are driving change and aim to empower and inspire others. They honour individuals, community groups, businesses and role models who are all playing a part in championing disability equality and inclusion.

Based on the award-winning book by neurodivergent children’s author Elle McNicollA Kind of Spark is nominated for a ‘Media Moment’ alongside British Vogue for their Disability Issue, Hollyoaks: What’s Your Normal?, Ralph & Katie, and Unique Boutique. The ‘Media Moment’ award category recognises a media moment that has had a powerful impact in the world. Nominees in this category can range from soap or drama storylines to entertainment TV shows, films, podcasts, or any other media format. The main criteria of the media moment category is that the content should have helped shift attitudes on disability.

A Kind of Spark is powerful and heart-warming story about friendship, courage and self-belief. The series interweaves the past and present in ten action packed episodes full of the joys of friendship, sisterhood, the drama of growing up, mystery and magic.

A Kind of Spark takes place in the small village of Juniper where teenager, Addie, a bright and sparky autistic girl, dreams of acceptance in a conservative community. Addie’s desire to be herself and protect her sister from prejudice becomes entwined with a historical mystery of Maggie and Elinor, two sisters in the 16th century. Maggie was accused of witchcraft and mysteriously vanished before she could be brought to trial while Elinor is struggling with her true self. As Addie tries to figure out what happens to Maggie, she discovers an even more surprising connection to Elinor. Can Addie challenge how the people live-action see her and her autism and make her voice heard?

Filmed in Knutsford, Manchester, and produced by 9 Story Media Group, A Kind of Spark has authentic representation throughout its production with the three lead characters of Addie, Keedie and Nina played by neurodivergent actors, along with approximately 50% of the cast and crew also being neurodivergent. The series also secured a season 2 greenlight from BBC and BYUtv, which began filming this September 2023, in Northern Ireland.

A Kind of Spark is created for television by Anna McCleery (Free Rein, Secret Life of Boys) and produced by 9 Story Media Group. Lead writers are Anna McCleery and Elle McNicoll (A Kind of Spark, Show Us Who You Are) with Karissa Hamilton-Bannis and Vicki Lutas. It is executive produced for 9 Story by Gráinne McNamara.

Congratulations to our entire exceptional A Kind of Spark team! This nomination is a testament to the dedication, talent, and hard work of our incredible partners, talent, creatives and crew. Each member of this remarkable community has played a vital role in bringing Elle McNicoll’s incredible vision to life. A well-deserved recognition all around. We will be holding our breath on awards night, in hopes of seeing winning sparks fly!

See the full Scope Awards shortlist here. Winners will be announced at the Scope Disability Equality Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 25 April 2024, via a hybrid event at the Kia Oval, London.

Watch A Kind of Spark BBC iPlayer, Cbeebies in the UK, on BYUtv in the US and on CBC Gem in Canada.

Click here to watch the trailer now.

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