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This Way Up

This Way Up is a comedy about moving on, moving forward and trying to find happiness. Aine, played by writer Aisling Bea, is a whip smart English-as-a-foreign language (TEFL) teacher trying to pull her life back together after a “teeny little nervous breakdown” as her sister Shona, played by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling), worries, not only about her younger sibling, but also about her own life choices. The TEFL school where Aine teaches brings together a room full of characters also trying to find their own hope, direction and happiness in this messy world.

Joining Bea and Horgan are Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Halal in the Family) in the role of Shona’s boyfriend Vish, Tobias Menzies (The Crown, Outlander, Game Of Thrones) as Richard, father to one of Aine’s students and Indira Varma (Patrick Melrose, Luther, Game of Thrones) playing Shona’s colleague and confidante Charlotte.

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.

This Way Up on IMDB

Created and Written by
Aisling Bea

Alex Winckler

Executive Producers
Sharon Horgan & Clelia Mountford

UK Transmission Date:
8th August 2019 (Channel 4)

US Transmission Date:
Wednesday 21st August 2019 (Hulu)

Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Aasif Mandvi, Tobias Menzies, Indira Varma, Sorcha Cusack, Chris Geere, Kadiff Kirwan, Ricky Grover, Ekow Quartey, Pik-Sen Lim, Todor Jordanov, Jassem Mougari & Daniela Spataru.

Channel 4/Hulu

Award Nominations:
RTS Craft & Design Awards 2019: Best Director – Comedy Drama/Situation Comedy (Alex Winckler)

RTS Programme Awards 2019: Breakthrough Award (Aisling Bea)

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