Channel 4 recommissions Aisling Bea comedy This Way Up

The Merman-produced comedy co-starring Sharon Horgan has been commissioned for a second series (6 x 30) for Channel 4 and Hulu.

Channel 4 note that viewers can look forward to more bittersweet sister-related shenanigans when series two hits screens.

“I am over the moon that our little baby This Way Up gets to grow up and start school. Thanks to its grandparents Channel 4 and Hulu for paying its school fees and to my wonderful team, crew and cast for helping bring it to life the first-time round. I was so overwhelmed by the love and support for the show.” – Aisling Bea

Aine’s (Bea) starting to leave her time in rehab behind and live less cautiously, which may not be entirely wise. Will she and Richard (Tobias Menzies, The Crown; Game of Thrones) make a cheeky go of it? Or continue to exist in the odd tension of the employer-employee dynamic? Or is emotional risk the “sexy bit”?

At the end of series one we saw Shona (Horgan) newly engaged after Vish’s (Aasif Mandvi, Evil; The Brink) proposal, despite sharing a stolen kiss with business partner, Charlotte (Indira Varma, Game of Thrones; Luther). How will Charlotte and Shona manage running a new business together after *that* kiss? Will Shona be able to go through with marrying Vish? Planning a wedding? Can she tell him what happened? Is there anything more to tell?

Bea, who took home the Breakthrough Talent BAFTA Craft award for writing series one earlier this year, further notes that “the themes of loneliness and vulnerability connected in a far more widespread way than I had anticipated, and it feels particularly relevant writing series two during the last few months.”

This Way Up is written by Aisling Bea and produced by Merman.

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