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Ready for a wild road trip across the Australian outback with Tim’s brand new comedy drama UPRIGHT?

All 8 episodes of UPRIGHT will be available to UK viewers from Thursday 28th November, 2019, on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV.

In Australia you can watch all episodes from Sunday 1st December at 8:30pm on FOXTEL or watch a double episode premier on FOX SHOWCASE.

UPRIGHT Update: The series will be starting Sunday 19th January 2020 on Super Channel Fuse for viewers in Canada.

Co-written and starring Tim, UPRIGHT follows two misfits thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Tim: “Making Upright was a complete joy and a massive privilege. After living overseas for more than a decade, I couldn’t have hoped to come home to a more fun and inspiring project: an original Australian outback adventure story, full of heart and laughter, made by some of most talented and dedicated creatives in the country. It’s a unique but universal story about family, resilience, music, forgiveness, and learning how to find a moment to breath out. And it’s full of silliness, action, and wonderful performances, and will make you want to go to the beach and/or ring your mum”.

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This will be of interest to a fairly niche (but incredibly tasteful and intelligent) audience of theatre nerds.

Hal Leonard have published a pretty damn comprehensive Groundhog Day songbook, which you can buy here.

At the front of the book is a bit of an essay I wrote reflecting on the musical and existential themes in the score, and I thought I’d publish it here for you to read! It’s kind of rambling (in a charming way, I hope), and I think it might be meaningful to those of you who loved the musical, and to anyone interested in the craft of musical story-telling. There’s also a second little essay about the unenviable job of transcribing my work, by the brilliant Laurie Perkins. I’ll pop that down the bottom.

By the way, I think the physical book is a thing of beauty and a lovely souvenir, even if you’re not a player. (Note: there are chords for lazy buggers like me who can’t read dots!)

Enjoy.

xTim

FOREWORD

Writing this musical with Danny Rubin, Matthew Warchus and Chris Nightingale was a joyous, existential adventure. There was so much that made my brain fizz when I first started to think about how we might put Groundhog Day on a stage.

First, I was inspired by the simple, poetic idea of a life being reflected in a day. Our musical leans on this metaphor, opening in the pre-dawn with a song which itself starts with a birth. The idea of being born at “sunrise on a sunless day” suggests a dark day, a portent of the struggle we’re about to witness. But in that opening song, there is already an answer for Phil Connors, had he the wisdom to listen. The lyrics, like the town itself, are simple and pretty and folksy, but remind us that human happiness requires a level of acquiescence, an understanding that we are not all-powerful, and that despite our desire to “will the clouds away,” only time will reveal the sun.
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Hal Leonard have published a beautiful Groundhog Day – Piano/Vocal Selections (Songbook). It’s available from the following online retailers:

Music Room
Music Shop Europe

Hal Leonard
Amazon US
Sheet Music Plus

Amazon Australia

Tim wrote an essay for the book “reflecting on the musical and existential themes in the score.” You can read Tim’s foreword here .

15 songs from Tim’s award winning musical are featured in the selection:

Overture
There Will Be Sun
Small Town USA [Day One]
Punxsutawney Phil
Rita’s Diary
Small Town USA [Day Two]
Stuck
Nobody Cares
One Day
Playing Nancy
Hope
Everything About You
If I Had My Time Again
Night Will Come
Seeing You

Groundhog Day Musical

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Tim’s gonna be on your telly-boxes, Australians!

This coming Sunday, 8th December, Tim’ll be seated behind the desk on The Project on Channel 10.

The show airs at 6:30pm, and he’ll be joining hosts and regular panellists Tommy Little, Hamish MacDonald, Lisa Wilkinson and Susie Youssef as they dissect and give their unique take on the day’s news.

If you’re unable to watch live at the allotted time, fear not, the show will be available afterwards on The Project’s webpage.

UPDATE (08/12/19)

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White Wine in the Sun

Hey! All November, December and January proceeds from Tim’s sentimental Christmas song White Wine In The Sun will be going to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) again this year, a charity that supports Australian children and adults on the spectrum.

If you already have the song, you might like to gift it via iTunes or donate directly here.

There are two versions; the 2009 solo version and the 2012 studio version, with strings, french horn and more.

Here are a few more places you can download the 2012 single internationally: iTunes, Amazon (UK), Amazon (US) and 7digital.

Tim’s 2017 performance of the song, on The Late Late Show with James Corden, has a beautiful strings arrangement by Iain Grandage and a great many twinkly candles:

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Tim joined Lorraine yesterday morning to talk about his brand new comedy drama UPRIGHT and more. Here are the edited highlights of the interview:

Then on Friday he went on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, on Virgin Radio to reveal a little more about UPRIGHT.

You can listen to him on The Best of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show Podcast here on Acast or on Apple Podcasts. Tim’s interview segment starts at 28:10.

Chris Evans, Ben Miller, Tom Walker, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Tim

Photo via @VirginRadioUK

UPRIGHT will be available to UK viewers from Thursday 28th November, 2019, on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV.

In Australia you can watch all episodes from Sunday 1st December at 8:30pm on FOXTEL or watch a double episode premier on FOX SHOWCASE.

More details: http://bit.ly/UPRIGHT2019

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