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

This Way Up

Channel 4 comedy drama about a woman recovering from a breakdown. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies, Aasif Mandvi and others.

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This Way Up. Image shows from L to R: Victor (Todor Jordanov), Aine (Aisling Bea), Nurse (Milena Valentin). Copyright: Merman.

Series 1, Episode 2

Aine begins privately tutoring a young French boy, freshly arrived in London to live with his estranged English father following his mother's death.

Further details

Aine is interviewed for a private tutoring job teaching English to a young French boy. Etienne has recently lost his mother and finds himself living in London with his reserved father Richard, who he barely knows. But when Aine insists on taking a Bulgarian student to hospital, she's at risk of missing her first lesson with Etienne and badly letting him down.

Meanwhile Shona arranges a meeting with Charlotte to pitch her the idea for a Women's Financial Networking event.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on All 4

Thursday 15th August 2019
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Aisling Bea Aine
Sharon Horgan Shona
Tobias Menzies Richard
Indira Varma Charlotte
Kadiff Kirwan Bradley
Ekow Quartey James
Pik Sen Lim (as Pik-Sen Lim) Chien
Todor Jordanov Victor
Jassem Mougari Mo
Daniela Spataru Alina
Guest cast
Dorian Grover Etienne
Oengus Mac Namara Patrick
Milena Valentin Nurse
Rob Witcomb Cliff
Writing team
Aisling Bea Writer
Brett Goldstein Script Editor
Production team
Alex Winckler Director
Chris May 1st Assistant Director
Gavin O'Grady Series Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Clelia Mountford Executive Producer
Aisling Bea Executive Producer
Hannah Wilcock Line Producer
Bridgette Williams Editor
Tim Dickel Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Ed Moore Director of Photography
Sinead O'Sullivan Costume Designer
Lisa Kennedy Make-up Designer
Vince Pope Composer
Jonas Mortensen Director of Photography


Wittier by the week, Aisling Bea's bittersweet comedy places the emphasis firmly on the sweet in this episode. It is dedicated to demonstrating how everyone has been made so paranoid in the age of offence that they are even afraid to make jokes. Plus, a private tuition job goes horribly, gloriously wrong.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 15th August 2019

This Way Up review

It's Mind Your Language for 2019... with a few 1970s gags thrown in.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 16th August 2019

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