Series star Christopher Eccleston tells EW about his sweet(heart) history with costar Pooky Quesnel

By Joe McGovern
July 26, 2016 at 02:54 PM EDT

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On the second episode of Sundance TV’s unconventionally funny drama The A Word, we saw the show’s gruff patriarch Maurice (Christopher Eccleston) being propositioned by his music teacher Louise (Pooky Quesnel). 

He awkwardly declined, but as we can see from this exclusive clip from episode 3, Maurice eventually realizes how lucky he is to, well, get lucky. But his communication skills haven’t improved quite yet. “It’ll get better than that,” he says, as the scene begins in a moment of low-wattage afterglow. Louise then surprises him with some frank language of her own.

Eccleston, the British actor best known for his role on The Leftovers and Doctor Who, tells EW that the scene was actually a lot less awkward and uncomfortable that it might have looked. 

“Pooky and me were first cast opposite each other as lovers in an amateur production of Lock Up Your Daughters,” he says, “and for a summer we were sweethearts, when we were 17. We had to wait 35 years to work together again, but by then we had the deepest of friendships, and the trust we have as friends is essential to our work in The A Word.”

Perhaps the “A” in the show’s title actually stands for Awwwwww. Tune in to watch Maurice and Louise’s unique relationship as it blossoms on The A Word, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Sundance TV.

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