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This Way Up season 2 release date: Guide to Aisling Bea comedy sequel

Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan play on-screen sisters in the Channel 4 comedy drama.

This Way Up season two
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Published: Friday, 18th June 2021 at 12:06 pm

Channel 4 has has confirmed the season two release date for Aisling Bea's comedy drama This Way Up, in which Bea plays Aine, a woman recovering from a "teeny little nervous breakdown".

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The show's US streamer Hulu has also already released an official trailer, which teases the beginnings of a relationship between Aine and her employer Richard, played by The Crown star Tobias Menzies (read our exclusive This Way Up interview with Tobias Menzies here).

Season two will follow Aine as she's "starting to leave her time in rehab behind and live less cautiously, which may not be entirely wise," according to an official synopsis released by the show's US streamer Hulu.

Season one met with acclaim, with critics praising both Bea's performance as Aine, and Sharon Horgan as her sister Shona. Bea has described how she was "overwhelmed by the love and support for the show," with viewers relating to the show's themes of loneliness and vulnerability.

There's since been a time jump in This Way Up, meaning the forthcoming six-parter will skip some events that occur in-between season two and the season one finale.

Read on for everything you need to know about This Way Up season two.

This Way Up season 2 release date

CONFIRMED: This Way Up will air on Wednesday 14th July at 10pm on Channel 4. The whole series will be available on box set on All4 following the first episode airing.

Hulu has officially confirmed the US release date for This Way Up season two, with new episodes arriving on the streamer on 9th July.

Creator and series star Aisling Bea said: "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. The themes of loneliness and vulnerability seemed to connect in a far more widespread way than I had anticipated, and it feels particularly relevant writing series two during the last few months," adding that she was grateful to be working "even though it is odd as hell filming during a worldwide pandemic".

Sharon Horgan, who plays Bea's on-screen sister and also produces the show through her company Merman Productions, added: "It's been a really tough, strange old year. We know we're lucky to be back working at all but especially lucky to be working again on This Way Up. Aish continues to make us laugh and cry with her observations on life and love and loneliness. I can't wait to be her sister again so I can legitimately give her a dead arm whenever I feel like it."

This Way Up season 2 plot

This Way Up season one ended with several unresolved plot lines, including Aine's will-they-won't-they relationship with her employer, single dad Richard (read our exclusive This Way Up interview with Aisling Bea here).

We also saw Shona steal a kiss with her business partner Charlotte, despite being newly-engaged to her boyfriend Vish.

Channel 4 said: "In the forthcoming series, viewers can expect more bittersweet sister-related shenanigans, including ill-advised trips to infrared saunas, and possibly another sung duet... to give the people what they want."

In a statement, the series producers added: "Despite the sisters' numerous ups and downs, This Way Up centres on the unshakable bond between Aine and Shona and their passionate, caring, often-angry, always-hilarious relationship. In the darkest moments, when faced with overwhelming loneliness and sadness, the two sisters will always save each other and bring each other back into the light."

This Way Up season 2 cast

This Way Up
Channel 4

Leading the This Way Up cast, Irish comedian Aisling Bea reprises her role as Aine, an English-as-a-foreign language (TEFL) teacher attempting to recover after a nervous breakdown. Since This Way Up season one aired, Bea has starred in a number of high-profile projects, including ITV's Quiz, the film Love Wedding Repeat, and the Netflix comedy drama Living with Yourself alongside Paul Rudd.

BAFTA-winning Catastrophe writer and star Sharon Horgan plays Aine's sister, Shona. Tobias Menzies (The Crown, The Terror) plays Richard, Aine's love interest.

Meanwhile Indira Varma (best known as Ellaria Sand in Game of Thrones) plays Charlotte, and Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Halal in the Family) plays Shona’s partner Vish.

This Way Up season 2 trailer

Hulu has released the trailer for This Way Up season two, and teases what looks like a time-jump, with Aine and her boss Richard at the beginning of a secret relationship.

It also teases more angst for Shona, who is clearly still conflicted about her business partner Charlotte, with whom she shared a kiss at the end of season one.

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