Channel 4 has announced the cast of new series This Way Up.

Described as ‘pin-sharp‘ and ‘poignant‘ the new six-part comedy is in association with Hulu in the U.S. and written by and starring, actor, and comedian Aisling Bea (The Fall, The Comedy Lineup).

Bea plays ‘Aine’, 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.

Star of ITV’s Timewasters and Channel 4’s Chewing Gum Kadiff Kirwan joins the cast as Aine’s roommate ‘Bradley‘. Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Halal in the Family) plays Shona’s boyfriend ‘Vish‘, and Indira Varma (Patrick Melrose, Luther, Game of Thrones) plays Shona’s colleague and confidante ‘Charlotte‘.

This Way Up has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Comedy, Jack Bayles. The series will be produced by Merman. Executive Producers are Clelia Mountford (Motherland, Bliss), Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea. This Way Up is written by Aisling Bea. The director is Alex Winckler (My Mad Fat Diary, The Good Karma Hospital), and the series producer is Gavin O’Grady.

The series will air in the U.S. on Hulu. There’s currently no information about when it will air in the UK.


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