Brassic

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This Way Up, Parks and Recreation and Brassic (credit: Channel 4/ NBC/ Sky)

This Way Up – Full series available on All4​

Comedian Aisling Bea writes and stars in this touching comedy about a woman recovering from a ‘teeny little nervous breakdown’. Bea plays Aine, a witty English-as-a-foreign-language teacher trying to get her life on track in London with the help of her sister Shona, played by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe).

Brassic co-creators discuss how Joe Gilgun turned his colourful past into a hit TV show

Brassic, a tale of Lancashire lads on the scam, is a madcap comedy with a sensitive side. The Guardian called it “a hilarious, warm, brutal melange”.

But it is not, as Gilgun was at pains to point out at a packed event, miserable: “Any show that represents the working classes is fucking miserable. Some of the happiest people I know are working class; some of the smartest lads I know are working class.”

Winners of the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2019 announced

The winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held this evening at the London Hilton, Park Lane, and was hosted by political comedian Ahir Shah.

The RTS Craft & Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production. They span across 30 categories in total, and this year Chernobyl led the way with six wins across Costume Design – Drama, Make Up Design – Drama, Music – Original Score, Photography – Drama & Comedy, Production Design – Drama and Sound - Drama categories.

Sky commissions series two of Brassic

Brassic cast (Credit: Sky)

Brassic, co-created by Joe Gilgun (Preacher) and Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless), follows a group of working-class friends as they try to navigate life in a Northern suburbia as their teenage years of scamming and bribing finally start to catch up with them.

Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) is a Lancashire lad who suffers with bipolar disorder and is best friends with street smart Dylan (Damien Molony).