Channel 4 launches new comedy Happy AF by Aisling Bea

Laurence Mozafari
Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon / Channel 4 Tele

From Digital Spy

Channel 4 is launching a new sitcom called Happy AF* about a woman trying to pull her life back together after a "teeny little nervous breakdown" and pursuing happiness.

*This is a working title for now. So don't get too attached to it, okay?

The six-parter is the brainchild of writer and star Aisling Bea who plays Aine - you'll recognise her from the likes of The Fall, Gap Year and, most recently, Plebs.

Meanwhile Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling) will play her sister Shona, who'll be battling huge issues, such as her own mortality and whether her boyf will fit in her flat following the purchase of a new coffee table.

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Aine works at a foreign language school and is set to meet a wide range of "foreign and lost" characters who battle their own issues – some social and some mental – while on the search for happiness.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, says: "In Happy AF (w/t) Aisling has created a comedy which makes me laugh, makes me cry and which frequently stops me in my tracks with its compelling and arresting portrayal of Aine's search for a little piece of happiness in a messed up world.

"I am thrilled to be working with Aisling and Merman on such an intelligent, warm, witty and fearless project."



Elsewhere as part of Channel 4's new commissions, they've green lit another new comedy named MAXXX about a formerly famous boyband star, who's now a drug-addled laughing stock and on the quest for a comeback along with his manager, Tamzin.

The Handmaid's Tale's O-T Fagbenle is set to write, direct and star as the titular character in the new show, which sounds little bit like a live action BoJack Horseman. Expect surprise cameos and for it to be "smart, rude, shameless and funny as hell" says McDermott.

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