A Kind of Spark Adaptation to Debut on BYUtv in U.S.


A Kind of Spark, an adaptation of Elle McNicoll’s novel of the same name from 9 Story Media Group in association with LS Productions, is set to debut on BYUtv in the U.S. on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.

The ten-episode series takes place in both the present day and the 16th century. When autistic teen Addie discovers a centuries-old mystery within her town, she finds her voice to stand up for those who were persecuted for being different like her.

The series shines a light on the everyday lives of neurodivergent individuals and explores the themes of family unity, loyalty, faith in oneself and hope in the face of insurmountable odds.

Approximately 50 percent of the cast and crew are neurodivergent, including the series’ three leads, Lola Blue, Georgia Di Gidlow and Caitlin Hamilton.

A Kind of Spark is created for television by Anna McCleery (Free Rein, Secret Life of Boys), who also served as lead writer with Elle McNicoll (A Kind of Spark, Show Us Who You Are). It is executive produced by Gráinne McNamara (Malory Towers).

“Since its original publication in 2021, Elle McNicoll’s novel has resonated with audiences across the world, especially children, by celebrating the unique perspectives and differences that bring strength to our communities and families,” said Andra Johnson Duke, head of content at BYUtv. “The inspiring book was born from Elle’s own frustration with misunderstanding specifically of female autism. Serving as a writer for the production, she was able to oversee and consult on key decisions throughout the adaptation process. The result is an uplifting viewing experience, telling an empowering story of self-acceptance and sisterhood for all ages. With this series, we are committed to bringing Elle’s wonderful perspective and characters to life in a joyous way as we celebrate World Autism Month this April.”