This Way Up. Aine (Aisling Bea). Copyright: Merman.

This Way Up

Channel 4 sitcom about mental health. 12 episodes (2 series), 2019 - 2021. Stars Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi and others.

Next new episode is on Wednesday at 10pm. Series 2, Episode 4
Catch-up on Episode 3 on All 4   Series 2, Episode 3 is repeated on 4seven tomorrow at 4:15am.

This Way Up. Aine (Aisling Bea). Copyright: Merman.

This Way Up

Aisling Bea writes and stars in this comedy about a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown

2019 - 2021
Channel 4
12   (2 series)
Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi, Indira Varma, Sorcha Cusack, Kadiff Kirwan, Ekow Quartey and others
Aisling Bea
Alex Winckler
Gavin O'Grady

This Way Up is a comedy about moving on, moving forward and trying to find happiness.

Written by Aisling Bea, she also stars as the charming and funny Aine, who is trying to pull her life back together after a "teeny little nervous breakdown". Her sister Shona, played by Sharon Horgan, is increasingly worried about both her sister and her own mortality. And whether or not there's room in her apartment for her boyfriend, Vish, now that she's bought that new coffee table.

Aine works at a foreign language school and is a magnet for a raggle-taggle collection of foreign and lost characters who are all trying to find their own hope and happiness in this messy world. Through Aine's own experiences, and through the experiences of those around her, This Way Up explores how the pursuit of happiness differs for everybody and unveils the obstacles, some social and some mental, which come between that goal and the tougher reality of daily lives.

Happiness is a destination we all want to reach, but how we get there is never easy. This Way Up is a pin-sharp, poignant comedy which, with warmth and keen-edged wit, shows that the journey to happiness is harder for some than others.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Happy AF (Working title)
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 8th August 2019 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 28th July 2021 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 2 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 4:15am on 4seven
  2. Series 2 Episode 3: Wednesday at 2:40am on C4
  3. Series 2 Episode 4: Saturday 7th August at 4:20am on 4seven
  4. Series 2 Episode 4: Wednesday 11th August at 2:40am on C4
  5. Series 2 Episode 5: Saturday 14th August at 4:15am on 4seven

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