Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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Channel 4 announces Lisa McGee’s brand-new comedy thriller,

How To Get To Heaven From Belfast

Statement from Channel 4:

Channel 4 has commissioned a brand-new comedy thriller, How To Get To Heaven From Belfast, from the writer and creator of the critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning Derry Girls.

Written and created by Lisa McGee, the eight-part comedy series will follow Saoirse, Robyn and Dara who have been friends since school. Now in their late thirties they lead very different lives. Saoirse a successful writer with a compulsion to hit the self-destruct button, Robyn, a sweary, stressed out mother of three young boys, and Dara, a full-time carer of an elderly parent, who hasn't managed to move out of her teenage bedroom.

When the women each receive an email informing them of the death of Greta, an old classmate they were once very close with, there's clearly some unspoken, unfinished business. The friends decide to attend Greta's wake and discover all may not be quite as it seems. They soon find themselves embroiled in a dark and twisted mystery.

It’s absolutely terrifying. But it’s also.... utterly thrilling.

These women are about to embark on the most exciting adventure of their lives. An adventure that will take them from their native Belfast, a city full of ghosts, the pain of the past plastered on every mural, to the mythic wildness of rural Donegal and right across Ireland, as they attempt to put the pieces of the puzzle together and uncover the truth. Even if their own complicated, chaotic and messy lives often get in the way.

Not so much a ‘whodunit’ as a ‘what the hell happened.’

How To Get To Heaven From Belfast takes us on an enthralling and hilarious journey, exploring the themes of friendship, memory and what happens when life doesn't turn out quite how we expected.

Lisa McGee said: “I feel so incredibly lucky to be making another show for the phenomenal Channel 4and to be doing it with Hat Trick Productions again and the creative team behind Derry Girls, the mighty Liz Lewin and Caroline Leddy, is just a dream. I've wanted to make a comedy thriller set in Northern Ireland for SUCH a long time. I cannot wait to share these flawed funny women with everyone.

Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 said:“This is huge. We couldn’t be prouder that Channel 4feels like this extraordinary show’s spiritual home. Getting to know the multi hyphenated talents of Lisa, Liz, Caroline and their collaborators at Hat Trick Productions has been one of the greatest pleasures in my first year as Head of Comedy. We can’t wait to bring Lisa’s next world to life for all those who already love her work and many more to come.”

Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director at Hat Trick Productions, said: “I feel enormously grateful that Lisa, Liz and Caroline have decided once again to team up with Hat Trick and to be yet again working with Channel 4. How To Get To Heaven From Belfast is an extraordinarily rich story which will thrill fans not only of Derry Girls but of lovers of comedy thrillers everywhere.”

How To Get To Heaven From Belfast was commissioned by Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy at Channel 4. It will be a collaboration between Channel4’s Comedy and Drama departments. Written and created by Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, London Irish), the 8x60’ series will be produced by Hat Trick Productions and executive produced by Caroline Leddy (Derry Girls, The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Liz Lewin (Derry Girls. London Irish, Crashing) and Jimmy Mulville.

Further information about How To Get To Heaven from Belfast, including casting, will be announced in due course.

Lisa McGee wrote and created the multi-award-winning comedy series, Derry Girls for Channel 4. It launched in 2018 and was the biggest ever comedy launch series on Channel 4 streaming. It also went on to become the biggest series ever in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002. All episodes of Derry Girls are available to stream now on Channel 4.


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