His parents Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London, Eddie lives with his dad. Only Maurice is holding it together. And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble.
A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.
New faces joining this series include Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sarah Gordy and David Gyasi.
Filming for the new series of The A Word took place in the Lake District and Manchester.
The A Word series three returns on Tuesday 5 May at 9pm on BBC One and the full boxset will be available on BBC iPlayer. You can catch up on series one and two on BBC iPlayer right now.