First look at Aisling Bea in This Way Up | As Kadiff Kirwan and Ricky Grover join the cast of C4 comedy © C4

First look at Aisling Bea in This Way Up

As Kadiff Kirwan and Ricky Grover join the cast of C4 comedy

Here is the first look of Aisling Bea in her new Channel 4 comedy  This Way Up.

Originally announced as Happy AF, the six-part comedy co-stars Sharon Horgan as Bea’s sister and  is being made in association with Hulu in the US.

As well as writing the series, Bea plays Aine, a smart English-as-a-foreign language teacher trying to pull her life back together after a ‘teeny little nervous breakdown’.

The cast also includes  Aasif Mandvi as Vish, the boyfriend of Horgan’s character Shona, Timewasters star Kadiff Kirwan as Aine’s roommate, and comedian Ricky Grover as her friend Tom.

Bea said: ‘After years of scripts and projects that never made it to air, this show is a bit of a dream come true, so I really bloody hope you like it. 

‘Sharon and I first played sisters in a TV show that got cancelled about eight years ago and we have gone on many drunken nights out across the world together since to stay in character for this project.

‘Channel 4 have supported and backed me in many ways for years now, so I am over the moon to have my little baby live with them and to have it go visit its step-mother Hulu in America too."’

The cancelled TV show she is referring to is the BBC Three prison comedy Dead Boss, which also starred Jennifer Saunders, Lizzy Roper and Susan Calman.

Channel 4’s head of comedy Fiona McDermott added: ‘Already an established stand up and actor, Aisling has delivered the most fantastically funny yet tender, poignant and surprising show in This Way Up and, with Sharon Horgan playing her sister, we get two of the funniest people on the planet putting their own glorious spin on the sibling thing. We love it.’

Horgan is also executive producing the show along with her business partner Clelia Mountford through their production company Merman.

This Way Up
Production Credits

Written by Aisling Bea
Made by: Merman
Commissioned for Channel 4 by: Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor for  Comedy, Jack Bayles
Executive producers: Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea
Director: Alex Winckler 
Series producer: Gavin O’Grady.  

Published: 13 Jun 2019

What do you think?

Today's comedy-on demand picks


It's the sort of content comedians have been pumping out from their spare rooms since lockdown began, now being given a wider audience (and hopefully some £££s) thanks to E4, which commissioned this compilation series.

Four episodes will air online at 9pm Tuesday nights, starting with this one, which features Stath Lets Flats star Jamie Demetriou, Lolly Adefope, Rosie Jones, and Australian award-winner Sam Campbell

Click for more suggestions

... including a new, free stand-up special from Funmbi Omotayo plus Standing Up For Sunny, an indie romcom about a loner with cerebral palsy who is roped into helping a comedian overcome her shyness.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.