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UPRIGHT

by Shell 3rd Oct 2019 | 76 comments


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

Already available in:

UK: Sky Atlantic and NOW TV (from Thursday 28th November, 2019)
Australia: FOXTEL (from Sunday 1st December, 2019)
Now available on digital platforms in Australia too.
Canada: Super Channel Fuse (from Sunday 19th January 2020). Subscribe here.
Russia: Fox Russia (from Tuesday 3rd March 2020).
Belgium: Telenet (from Wednesday July 1st 2020).
US: Sundance Now (from Thursday 6th August 2020).
(Join Sundance Now with the promo code ‘UPRIGHT’ for a 30-day-free-trial).
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Universal TV (from Tuesday 11th August 2020).
Spain: Sundance TV (from Monday 7th September 2020).
Netherlands: Ziggo TV (from Thursday 10th September 2020).
New Zealand : TVNZ (from Friday 18th September 2020).

Coming to:

More UPRIGHT airdate updates will be added as they are confirmed and announced.

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”.

When Lucky Flynn (Tim), who hasn’t spoken to his family in years, learns that his mother is dying, he sets off on a 4000 kilometre drive across Australia to see her, packing only his cherished upright piano. His plans soon go awry when he meets rogue teenager Meg (Milly Alcock). Together they forge an unlikely friendship as they embark on a road-trip adventure across the Nullarbor Plain in a race against time.

UPRIGHT features a stellar cast including Heather Mitchell (A Place to Call Home, The Great Gatsby, Palm Beach), Daniel Lapaine (Muriel’s Wedding, Black Mirror), Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child, Janet King), Daniel Frederiksen (Ghost Rider, Matilda the Musical, Catastrophe), Kate Box (Rake, Picnic at Hanging Rock), Ningali Lawford-Wolf (Mystery Road, Last Cab to Darwin), Sachin Joab (Hotel Mumbai, Pine Gap), Luke Carroll (Strangerland, Redfern Now) and Rob Collins (Secret City, Cleverman, The Wrong Girl).

Led by Tim, there’s a brilliant creative team behind UPRIGHT, including the Creator Chris Taylor (The Chaser) with whom Tim is writing the series alongside award-winning writer-actors Kate Mulvany (Lambs of God, Fighting Season, Jasper Jones stage play) and Leon Ford (Offspring, No Activity). The Director is Matthew Saville (Please Like Me). Tim is Executive Producer with Penny Win, Carly Heaton and Helen Bowden. Producers are Lingo Pictures’ Jason Stephens, Chris Taylor and Melissa Kelly (Hounds of Love).

Tim has written some music for the series, alongside a beautiful score by Jackson Milas and Antony Partos and a cracking soundtrack of Australian artists, including Sia, Briggs, INXS, Baker Boy, Paul Kelly, Alice Sky and more.

A selection of UPRIGHT Quotes and Reviews can be found here.

UPRIGHT is a Lingo Pictures production for FOXTEL and SKY UK, with major production investment from FOXTEL and SKY UK and Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. The series financed with support from Create NSW and Screenwest. Rest of world sales are being handled by eOne.

#Upright2019 #UPRIGHT

UPDATE: Carry You, the version from the credits of the final episode, performed by Missy Higgins is out now.
Stream/download: https://MissyHiggins.lnk.to/CarryYou

UPDATE (22/07/20): Tim’s #UPRIGHT Q&A with Judd Apatow, hosted by ATX Festival, with Sundance Now and eONE TV, is available to watch here.

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76 Comments

Kivanc on 6th of September 2020

I need this comes to Mexico, P L E A S E !!!

Erik Brandsborg on 3rd of September 2020

I wanna watch it!!! When will it come to Norway??

Papa Shrubs on 1st of September 2020

I’m drawn to quirky stories and no doubt I received such. Such a journey and experience for the mind’s eye. Luckily, I was able to binge on a weekend and the hell with the chores outside…this gem was worth it. Its been a while since the old tear ducts have been exercised. Cathartic, beautiful, and complete.

Becky on 3rd of July 2020

Your closest neighbour, Tim? New Zealand? Come on – please

Sanna on 1st of July 2020

Seems to be available on Telenet in Belgium.

Sergey on 26th of April 2020

I really like Tim Minchin and I found out about this series from his Twitter. I guess you might think that my opinion is not objective, but I really liked the series. By the way, in Russia (Yes, you can also watch the series here), its name was translated as “piano”

Strange emotions when you watch the series. When I first started, I didn’t care about them. But series after series and suddenly I realize that I care about them and I really care about them. Every episode I thought that the characters were entangled in a situation that could not be worse and every episode was wrong.

The last two series are gorgeous in terms of drama and acting. The show … it’s touching. It’s all real. And you don’t understand how the characters will be able to get out of them, because it seems that there is no way out. The problems are real. This is one of those movies where you look at the screen and realize what could have happened to you.

God forbid.

Reema on 27th of February 2020

Great show! Love the shirt (and hat). <3 from Texas.

Jocelyn van der Heyden on 25th of February 2020

Wish we could see it in NZ.
If not, I might have to jump across the ditch and stage a “sit in” in the games room of a remote beachside caravan park….. binge watch the whole thing and then fly home a changed woman.
Or not !!!

Philippa Naylor on 25th of February 2020

Hi Tim,
Just re-listened you your 2012 Desert Island Discs programme. I listen to pretty much all of them – so know the good from the ‘OK, let’s stop this and listen to something else now’. Probably my most fave (though always remember Dustin Hoffman saying a successful marriage is when the husband is a bit scared of his wife – try to keep that going in this house). If you’re still thinking now as you were back then you’ve totally smashed it. You were not putting on a massive act, were really interesting and not up yourself. A delight. Might have to listen again right now! Philippa Naylor

Hastur on 25th of February 2020

Will it be available in Sweden?
I’ll give it till summer then… Pirate Bay. (>‿♥)

Rachel Jacobson on 10th of February 2020

Ok…me …again. Can’t shut up about this show. I just watched part 4 of Upright and it is not only still wonderful, but is getting better and better. There is no finer antidote to a dark cold Canadian winter than seeing the brilliant Tim Minchin and the extraordinary Milly Alcock bumbling and raging their way through the Australian desert. Many out loud laughs and thought provoking, heart surging moments as the characters unfold so beautifully. Great supporting cast too…Lovely writing, directing, music, cinematography and editing. Thanks so very much. Loving Carry You as well. SUCH a Beautiful beautiful song.

Kathryn Stewart on 9th of February 2020

is it out on DVD, I cannot find it anywhere.

Adriana Rodríguez on 5th of February 2020

Love every thing about Tim Minchin. Im in Mexico how can I see this?

Mel on 23rd of January 2020

Hi Tim,
Is this available in New Zealand? I really would love to watch it.
Thank you for bringing your talent to the world!
Mel

Tristo on 21st of January 2020

Loved this show, stumbled onto it on a 10 foxtel trial, signed up for a month so I could watch the last 5 eps, Beautiful cast and lovely show, (could’ve shown more scenes of the lovely country side though) I’m yet to drive across the southern end of aus, done the top end

Rachel Jacobson on 21st of January 2020

Did I mention that the writing and direction was also Excellent ? And Tim managed to seamlessly include his own theory of probability into Lucky’s dialogue. Yay Maths. Lolol.

Rachel Jacobson on 20th of January 2020

At Last !!!! Saw the first episode of Upright in Canada just now. Super beginning…characters and story are intriguing and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Acting, photography, scenery, music are all great. Thank you Tim and Milly and all involved. This is going to be a wild ride !!! The bad thing about Super Channel is you can’t binge watch the whole thing…as far as I can figure…BUT…the good thing is that each Episode is shown 4 times during the week…so…a different sort of binging begins. Sundays and Wednesdays. Yay !!!

Suzy Faulkes on 19th of January 2020

Awesome! Loved it! Great acting from you and Milly was amazing. So funny and touching ❤️

Christopher Newton on 17th of January 2020

Just finished last episode of UPRIGHT. Not sure if you relish awards; cannot think how you would lose actor/writer awards for this great series. Loved yours and Milly’s performances. Loved the story, the sites and sights of the West, and the piano. Many tears at the end of the last episode. One of those stories that you wish would not finish. Thank you for idea/writing and the original songs. Chris

Janelle Palmer on 15th of January 2020

Just finished watching Upright and absolutely loved it. Both you and Milly were so good together. What a great young actress. I would love to see some more adventures of Lockie. (Maybe another season) one can only hope.

Leonie and Brett on 13th of January 2020

Fantastic series, thoroughly enjoyed every episode. Brilliant actors, brilliant storyline, very moving, beautiful music.

Ifor on 13th of January 2020

Just…brilliant. Creative, emotional, wonderful acting, great story, scenery, our country…Even loved the Eastern Brown.

Lyn Beasley on 12th of January 2020

Loved every minute. About to go hunting for a DVD to give to a friend who does not have cable tv or a streaming service. So good!

Rusty bullethole on 12th of January 2020

Best thing I’ve seen on tv, like .. ever!

Kim Lawson on 12th of January 2020

Amazing!!! The best series ever!!! Left me wanting more! Please?

Johanna McKenzie on 12th of January 2020

Hi Tim. I just finished watching Upright and was blown away by the whole thing. Congratulations to you and Milly and everyone else associated with this wonderful show. It’s how tv should be. Now if you could just release Carry You on Spotify I would be eternally grateful. I keep watch the last few minutes of Day 5 just so I can hear the song.

Rachel Jacobson on 9th of January 2020

Canadians ! Super Channel Fuse subscription only costs $10.00 !
Upright begins on Jan 19…CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!!!!

Kristine on 5th of January 2020

PLEEAASSE let me know when and where I can find this digitally in the US. So looking forward to seeing this. I have been a fan of Tim from the moment I saw him in Californication. Love his work and attitude and performance!

Sharon on 29th of December 2019

Dude, this is utter torture!!!!

In these technologically advanced times there’s no way America can view Upright?? I’ve tried everything to no avail…

I will be so heartbroken if I never get to see Tim live. ( front row center, lol.). I have been a genuine fan of Tim and of his work for years.

“Upright” looks so profound –create a dvd or something!! I don’t even care what it would cost! I have very little to offer, but will happily binge on Ramen noodles for the rest of my life if I have to!!! Now that’s love.

All these “Upright” promos are simply cruel and unsual punishment. –Isn’t “Donald Trump enough?! The least you could do is take pity on us!!!

BTW –I am SO crushin’ on Tim – and that’s secondary to how I feel about his artistic genius. I am his age and if he ever didn’t have Sarah — I will surely do. 🤗 Yup, pretty certain I shall marry him one day!!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Susan Robertson on 28th of December 2019

Is this series filled will clever visual Easter eggs? I noticed the saucepan on the stove covering the S in smeg to say MEG. I am going to re-watch cause I don’t think that was an accident. Anyone else notice any gems?

Maren on 27th of December 2019

I totally loved it! Going to so many emotions while binch watching the whole series. It works for all nationalities (me from Germany) and all ages. Its just so wonderfully human.
I only knew Tim as a musician and from the bits an pieces I found on the internet. Now this! Awesome! Hoping for another season! And thank you for this one!
Love, Maren

Ang on 27th of December 2019

When will this be available in Colombia?

Carole Pannell on 27th of December 2019

We ( husband and I) first heard about Upright when it was being reviewed on BBC Radio 4 ( an excellent review), but we were extremely surprised and had memories stirred by the chosen clip from the film, which featured the scene where Tim Minchin asks the young girl if she knows ELO and then goes on to relate the accident -involving a hay bale- in which Mike Edwards died. From 1973 my husband, then boyfriend, was the sound engineer for ELO, and Mike became a good friend. We lost contact after he left ELO to pursue a career in classical music. In 2011 I was driving to work when I heard the news of Mike’s shocking death on national radio. The radio clip from Upright brought back that moment in July 2011 (?) when I heard this awful news and pulled off the road to howl. Mike was a very lovely, gentle soul, and his death so untimely and so wrong.
Last night we watched the first two episodes of Upright, and again re- visited Mike’s death, but with the added shocking visuals. I hope that Mike was humming a tune and enjoying his day. A lasting memory is of Mike trying to work out what colour my eyes were and asking my (now) husband if he knew – no conclusions were drawn! He also quite spontaneously told me of my (now) husband’s extreme faithfulness! Yes, Mike was a real sweetie, who didn’t quite fit the rock and roll scene.
Tonight we will binge on another couple of episodes…really enjoying it…but still amazed by the reference to ELO and Mike…quite ‘Out of the Blue’.

Glenn on 26th of December 2019

Please, Please, Please release a soundtrack for this series the music was outstanding as was the acting, absolutely blown away.

Laurie O'Connell on 22nd of December 2019

PLEASE make this available in the US ASAP! We LOVE Tim Minchin!

Nicki on 22nd of December 2019

It’s currently 3am, but I couldn’t stop watching until I’d watched every episode! Milly Alcock is an amazing talent, and definitely an actor to watch in the future. I’m sure she will have a long career ahead of her. Tim, I was blown away by all your amazing talent! That I you for writing and directing this amazing series. I loved the music as well as the storyline, and I found myself in tears s the series ended.
Please start on the second series so we can navigate this complicated family along with you 🙂

Lena on 19th of December 2019

Will we be seeing this in the US? I’m a Brit living there and I would love to see this.

Allison on 16th of December 2019

So everyone must have noticed that a lot of the people Lucky encountered seemed to have “an instrument tucked away in the dark recesses of their past, with which they seem to have a relationship of regret.” We all want more from this creative team, but the story of Lucky and Meg is at a good stopping point — what to do?
Got the solution for you right here. You can even keep the road movie feel! Season 2 should follow Lucky as he retraces his path and collects all those frustrated instrumentalists, either intentionally or un-, and MAKES A BAND. Think of the possibilities….. and what a cool band that could be!
I know, I know, it’s brilliant – and it’s yours for free! Just toss me a nod of acknowledgement in the credits! Pleasure working with you 😁

Allison (F**k we love Tim, though)

Diane on 15th of December 2019

Have just finished watching Upright. Sitting here in tears touched me in so many ways. Thank you.

Eirik on 14th of December 2019

When will this be available in Norway?

Jasminka on 13th of December 2019

WHEN CAN I SEE IT???
I LIVE IN HOLLAND. DO I HAVE TO GO ABROAD TO WATCH OR DO YOU EXPECT IT TO BE RELEASED IN HOLLAND?
SO EXITED TO WATCH!

Giedrione on 12th of December 2019

Best series of 2019. CARRY YOU NEEDS TO BE REALEASED NOW OR ITS FUC….RIOTS

Karen on 12th of December 2019

Well done Tim. Awesome series, beautifully shot and directed. Hilarious, laugh out funny, but had me in tears too.

Daniel Mansell on 11th of December 2019

Mr Minchin. Absolutely fantastic best show I’ve seen this year. The topic covered beautifully with humor and empathy. As a West Aussie loved the local content. Well done Tim

Liam O’Connell on 11th of December 2019

Brilliant series. 5 episodes in and glued to it. Question – what is the song at the end of episode 5 ? All the songs in each episode are so well chosen and I love the mix at the end of each episode. Great story

David M Gordon on 10th of December 2019

Thank you.

Thank you for eight phenomenally excellent episodes of hurt, pain, death… life, love, redemption. Inspiration.
Thank you for introducing me to Milly Alcock, who sizzles across the screen like a bolt of lightning. Molly should have a long, long career of ever-better roles.
Thank you for assembling the perfect team of creative people to… create this miracle of imagination and love.

William Faulkner, when he accepted the Pulitzer, said, “Good fiction is about the human heart in conflict with itself.” UPRIGHT, from the first minute of its first episode to the last minute of its final episode, in every way and on every level, adheres fully to Faulkner’s remark. Viewers are enriched merely for having enjoyed the show. Well, this viewer is enriched.

I live in the USA (Seattle) and am saddened by much of what occurs around me. (The less said, the better.) UPRIGHT provided 240 minutes of relief from the zeitgeist of increasing despair and despondency. Perhaps it is possible we can learn to love each other again, exactly as Tobey and Lucky do.

Thank you.

Jen on 8th of December 2019

SO very impressed by “Upright”! Fantastic to see such quality and clever writing from Australian talent! I would put this up against anything in the awards category! The cinematography brilliant and the representation of real Australia was inspiring, not to mention the great music!! Tim Minchin and Australian film can easily compete globally!!! Two thumbs up!!!

Danny Bigsmile on 7th of December 2019

A hot gem of a story, with a suburban desert backdrop.
Gorgeously written Tim, touching & brilliantly funny. So impressed by the cast ensemble. Milly you were just WOW! I cried so much at the beauty of the ending but I was also heartbroken I wouldn’t see these two people I cared so much about again.

Max Belmonte on 7th of December 2019

Fantastic series! Yes I binge watched, as is now the norm when I find a series I really like.

Central Coast Jakal on 6th of December 2019

We’re 3 episodes in and HOOKED. Tim and Milly knock it out of the park… so glad to have some great Aussie TV to devour!

Barbara Helms on 6th of December 2019

Please please make this available in the US!! Your fans here adore you!

deborah bristol on 4th of December 2019

absolutely loved every episode. Australian drama at its best.
laughed, cried while being totally absorbed by the great storyline.
handled with humour and sensitivity, beautiful, including the landscape.
was blown away by Milly Alcock, what a natural. one to watch.
you were pretty good too Tim.

Andrew B on 4th of December 2019

PLEASE find a way to broadcast or stream the show in the US. You have so many fans here!

Karen Walsh on 3rd of December 2019

We binge watched this over two sessions and laughed and cried and didn’t want it to end – never watched anything as moving funny and comforting as this – will watch again in a few months and know I will enjoy it just as much

Chris on 2nd of December 2019

Watched the first esp so far and wow great show can’t wait to watch the r e st tomorrow

Martyn March on 2nd of December 2019

I was an extra on this series and dont have foxtel…. is there a way of buying the series or watching it in Australia.
Thanks

Kate on 2nd of December 2019

Oh you beautiful soul ….. love love love Upright

Ben Catton on 1st of December 2019

Watched all eight episodes and then watched it all again. Loved the series I was laughting and crying.

Can anyone tell me where I can get list of the music which was played through out the series, there was some song what really picked at the heart string which for the life of me I can’t find.

Cheers, Love
Ben carton

Greg on 1st of December 2019

Loved the first 4 episodes of Upright so much I didn’t want it to end in one night so I’ve saved the last four for tomorrow great show

John on 1st of December 2019

Top notch TV… Made me laugh, cry, think, dream and laugh more… A pure pleasure. Must see… 10 out of 10..Thank you for sharing..

Aussie TV rocks.

Steve on 1st of December 2019

You bastard, I binge watched Upright and you tugged poetically at heart strings I knew were there and discovered a streak of emotional wonderment in the mine of my melancholy soul.

Truly wonderful from start to finish.

PS I need ‘Carry You’ to be release asap. Much thanks.

Lesley on 29th of November 2019

Watched the whole of Upright. Soooo good. Laughed a lot cried more.
And blown away by Back in London. Hope you survived the last two dates of the tour Tim. You need some sunshine.

Diane on 28th of November 2019

Can’t wait to see this Tim! Great you’re back home in Oz ..

Lorna on 28th of November 2019

Watching right now. Good job.

Linda on 28th of November 2019

YES!! We here in the US want to see this as well. We love you too Tim Minchin.
Linda

Linda Kay on 28th of November 2019

YES!! We here in the US want to see this as well. We love you too Tim Minchin.

Becky on 28th of November 2019

Hi!! How can we watch this without a sky subscription? Is there a digital version for Uk viewers ? Love you work Tim!!

Shell on 25th of November 2019

Hi Peggy,
There are eight episodes in the series.
Shell x

Peggy Emmett on 25th of November 2019

Would you please advise how many episodes in the first Season or Release of this show. There are 6 episodes up to the end of the year. I was wondering how many more there are.
Many thanks Peggy.

Roy Klein on 22nd of November 2019

When will it be available in Israel? Any chance of seeing it on Netflix?

Stacey on 21st of November 2019

Please tell me this will be available in the Us??? We really want to see it!!!

Mathias on 19th of November 2019

Im just a swed (yes from Sweden) but I want to see it to!
Oh… I also happened to be a ginger but am old and the shining ginger handsomeness is almost gone sooo… I guess thats it.
Thats all the reason you need.
Now fix it 😂🐪

Matthis on 15th of November 2019

As a half-american I feel for these other poor people…
But I, as someone who is living in the netherlands, want to see it too!!!

Em on 4th of November 2019

TimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimHowCanWeWatchUprightInTheF—ingUSA?TimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTimTim

Suzanne on 28th of October 2019

When this is available on DVD, please let us Yanks know. Some of us have a dedicated optical drive for Tim releases in the proper format!

MARY J FITZPATRICK on 6th of October 2019

You have a new viewing adventure? Why only available in Australia and UK? Americans, contrary to current perception, are ” intellectually bi-curious” too. At 71 I thrive on your versions of madcap genius.

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