This Way Up: Aisling Bea’s Channel 4 series builds impressive cast

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Channel 4 has released the first official image from Aisling Bea’s This Way Up series, and also unveiled the full cast for the comedy-drama. Here’s everything you need to know…

As well as showing off the image atop this article, Channel 4 shared this description of the show: “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.”

As well as Bea and Horgan, the cast includes Aasif Mandvi, Tobias Menzies, Indira Varma Sorcha Cusack , Chris Geere, Kadiff Kirwan, Ricky Grover, Ekow Quartey and Pik-Sen Lim, Todor Jordanov, Jassem Mougari and Daniela Spataru.

Bea, who will write as well as starring, said this: “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 is partnered with the American streaming service Hulu on the project.