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

This Way Up

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2019 - 2021
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Aisling Bea writes and stars in this comedy about a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown. Also features Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi, Indira Varma, Sorcha Cusack and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2019 - 2021
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
12 (2 series)
Stars
Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi, Indira Varma, Sorcha Cusack, Kadiff Kirwan, Ekow Quartey and more
Writers
Aisling Bea, Brett Goldstein, Kadiff Kirwan and Sharon Horgan
Directors
Alex Winckler, Chris May and Vidaal Nankervis
Producers
Gavin O'Grady, Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Aisling Bea, Hannah Wilcock, Olly Cambridge, Kyla Brennan and Zoƫ Mello
Companies

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.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Happy AF (Working title)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 8th August 2019 at 10pm on Channel 4
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 18th August 2021 at 10pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • West London Film Studios

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