Us Irish, we're great craic...aren't we? And two of the people flying our humour flag on the world stage are the hilarious Aisling Bea and Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan.
This super-talented duo have teamed up in a new female-led comedy series for Channel 4 called This Way Up, which was written and executive produced by Aisling.
We are delighted to share that This Way Up, created by and starring @WeeMissBea, will air from August 8th at 10pm on @Channel4. It will air on @hulu in the US from August 21st. pic.twitter.com/OkOybQNKyQ
— Merman (@HelloMerman) July 24, 2019
The show centres around 'Áine' (Bea), an immigrant teaching English as a foreign language in London, who is recovering from a "teeny little nervous breakdown".
Horgan plays her older and highly concerned sister 'Shona'.
Speaking on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, Aisling, who admitted she was "living out her childhood dream" by talking to Iano, reveals the inspiration for her latest project, saying, "I wanted to explore the loneliness of living in a city and mental health issues, but hopefully in a funny way".
When asked about the original name she had for the show, 'Happy AF', Bea explains how her all-knowing marketing team persuaded her to change it. The new title's "handle with care" metaphor makes much more sense, in fairness.
The 35-year-old also chats about starring in Paul Rudd's new 8-episode Netflix comedy series 'Living With Yourself' and has a great laugh about the time St Brigid beat her in 'The Most Interesting Person from Kildare' poll.
This Way Up premieres on Channel 4 @10pm tonight, with all 6 episodes available on Channel 4 On Demand straight after.
Here's a little taster of what to expect:
This tweet is pinned to the top of my Twitter page & to the main artery of my now bleeding heart. #ThisWayUp out August 8th on @Channel4 (all 6 eps online from that night) & all out in the USA on @Hulu August 21st. I’d be ever so grateful for you to watch it. 😍🍆 pic.twitter.com/MPv2ZwlRG6
— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) July 31, 2019
Having already watched the first two episodes, Iano is most impressed by the natural chemistry between the two ladies on screen and how refreshingly real the script and storyline are.
So make sure you check it out!
Catch the chat in full by pressing the listen/play button on screen.