How to watch The A Word season 3 online

The third series of The A Word will premiere at 9 PM BST (4 PM ET / 1 PM PT) on May 5. There’ll likely be six episodes in total, in line with previous seasons, but that’s where the similarities end; Joe’s life has changed dramatically since the last time we saw him and as you might expect, the family is struggling to adapt. Read on to find out how you can watch The A Word season 3 free online.

We advise against watching The A Word via unofficial sources. These not only offer inferior video quality, but they can also be taken offline without warning for copyright violation. What’s more, there are plenty of international networks showing The A Word and many of these are free to use. As such, there’s really no advantage to using shady, third-party streams.

The A Word season 3 will only be shown on geo-restricted streaming platforms. This means that if you’re traveling abroad and looking to watch on your usual services, you’ll have to connect to a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

How to live stream The A Word from abroad with a VPN

VPNs can seem complex at first but they’re really quite simple to use. Below is a step-by-step guide to unblocking and streaming The A Word from outside the UK.

Here’s how to watch The A World online free abroad (outside the UK):

  1. Start by signing up for a reputable VPN provider. We recommend ExpressVPN although NordVPN and CyberGhost are two excellent low-cost options.
  2. Next, install the app onto any device you’d like to stream on. Most services allow five or so connections at once, but this number does vary from one provider to another.
  3. Log in and connect to a VPN server in the UK. This will hide your real IP address and give you a UK IP address, making it appear as though you’re actually in the UK.
  4. Create a free BBC iPlayer account if you don’t already have one. You’ll be asked for a postal code but any one will work.
  5. Log in and try playing a video. You should find that it starts immediately. If you’re still having problems, try clearing your cookies and reloading the page.

New episodes of The A Word will be shown live. For this reason, we recommend spending a few minutes making sure your VPN works properly before the premiere. This way, if you run into any problems, you’ll have plenty of time to get help and might not have to miss the start of what’s sure to be an especially gripping season.

How to watch The A Word Season 3 for free on UK TV

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The A Word Season 3 will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One at 9 PM every Tuesday evening. This means that you’ll be able to stream the new series online for free using BBC iPlayer. As an added bonus, new episodes will be added to the service’s on-demand library the day after airing, and currently, the first two seasons are available as well. You will have to create an account before you can watch anything but this only takes a minute.

You should note that BBC iPlayer is only available in the UK. This means that if you’re abroad, you won’t be able to watch without a VPN. Don’t have one yet? ExpressVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to watch The A Word risk-free online. If this service fails to impress you, just cancel to receive a full refund, no questions asked.

Where else can I stream The A Word online?

At the moment, there aren’t any details on when international fans can expect to see season three of The A Word. However, it’s still possible to stream seasons one and two in a handful of countries. Read on to find out how:


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Canadian fans can watch the first two seasons of The A Word on CBC Gem. This service is completely free to use and there’s no need to create an account. You will, however, have to be in Canada (or connected to a Canadian VPN server), since it is region-locked.


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SBS On Demand is currently offering the first and second series for free. That said, you’ll have to create an account before watching. This is just a standard email address verification process, though, so it’s nothing to worry about.

Additionally, since SBS On Demand is geo-restricted, you’ll have to connect to an Australian VPN server if you’re abroad.


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Previously, Sundance TV broadcast The A Word. However, it no longer allows you to stream older episodes on-demand and its schedule makes no mention of the third season. Assuming season three does come to Sundance, you can watch online for free by signing in with your cable provider details. Don’t have cable? No problem: Sundance also lets you log in with a fuboTV or YouTube TV account.

Sundance TV is region-locked and can usually only be accessed from within the US. Despite this, it’s still possible to access it abroad once connected to an American VPN server.

What can we expect from season 3 of The A Word?

The most important thing to know about the upcoming season is that it doesn’t follow immediately on from the events of season two. Instead, it’ll pick up two years later. So what has changed? Well, Alison and Paul have divorced, which means Joe frequently has to travel 100 miles across the country to spend time with his dad.

That’s not the only change though. The trailer for season 3 shows Alison trying to find love again and Ralph getting married. One thing’s for sure: despite only having six episodes to work with, the show’s writers have managed to pack in a lot of action.