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Caitlin McBride on the satisfaction of seeing sisterly bonds explored on television


I rarely feel like I see myself on screen. It’s even rarer that I build an emotional connection with fictitious characters played by actors I’ll never meet.

Every now and then, though, I come across a programme so perfectly executed and a script so well written that it’s impossible not to connect with the characters no matter how distanced their lives are from mine. Currently, it’s Channel 4’s This Way Up, written by Irish comedian Aisling Bea starring her and Sharon Horgan. The show has been lauded as one of 2021’s runaway success stories in the UK and Ireland, and a sleeper hit in the US since landing on streaming platform Hulu.

Caitlin McBride on the satisfaction of seeing sisterly bonds explored on television

I rarely feel like I see myself on screen. It's even rarer that I build an emotional connection with fictitious characters played by actors I’ll never meet.

Every now and then, though, I come across a programme so perfectly executed and a script so well written that it’s impossible not to connect with the characters no matter how distanced their lives are from mine. Currently, it’s Channel 4’s This Way Up, written by . . .

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