Upright. Image shows from L to R: Lucky Flynn (Tim Minchin), Meg Adams (Milly Alcock).

Upright

Sky Atlantic comedy drama about strangers on a road trip. 8 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Tim Minchin, Milly Alcock, Heather Mitchell, Daniel Lapaine and Ella Scott Lynch.

Press Clippings

Upright review

Tim Minchin's pitch-perfect Aussie odyssey.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 13th December 2019

Tim Minchin's odd sadcom continues - not always convincingly, but with enough big-hearted eccentricity to make perseverance worthwhile. Tonight, Lucky awakes to discover that Meg has vanished, along with his ute and piano. But just as he is contemplating giving up, a revelation comes.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 12th December 2019

TV review: Upright, series 1, episodes 1 and 2

The first episode initially moves at quite a fast pace with the duo together within six minutes, but then it spends the rest of it's run time teasing us as to whether they will actually team up, despite everyone knowing that's the concept of the show and it's definitely going to happen.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 10th December 2019

Tim Minchin's road-trip comedy through the Australian outback continues, and there is yet more drama in store for his unruly pianist Lucky Flynn and unlikely companion Meg. Namely that the pair find themselves out of cash and out of petrol in the baking sun with only Flynn's beloved piano for company.

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 5th December 2019

Upright review

Tim Minchin's road-trip series is clever, scenic and addictively good.

Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian, 2nd December 2019

Tim Minchin, a dazzlingly clever comic songwriter who might be far more popular if his humour wasn't so aggressive and caustic, wrote and stars in the eight-part series.

He plays Lucky, a gaunt-eyed drinker who is trying to drive across Australia towing a piano, to see his terminally ill mother. His plans come adrift when, after mixing booze and medication, he crashes his car on a remote scrubland road.

His piano isn't damaged, but the 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle is. She's broken her wrist. Lucky offers to drive her to hospital...and from the moment he wrestles his seatbelt into place, we know they're going to be stuck with each other.

If the idea isn't too original, the dialogue is. It's jagged, fast and unsentimental, with a tendency to spiral off into philosophical arguments.

Though it's frustrating to see new comedy locked away on a pay-to-view channel, there's no way the BBC would have made this show.

It's very...Australian.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 29th November 2019

Upright, episodes 1 and 2, review

Tim Minchin gets back on his feet in sharp-tongued but touching new comedy.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 28th November 2019

Upright, Sky Atlantic, review

Tim Minchin and newcomer Milly Alcock shine in this downbeat comedy with an air of End of the F***ing World.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 28th November 2019

Upright review

Tim Minchin largely, but not entirely, eschews the laughs in this odd-couple road-trip drama, which boasts two intriguing characters with murky back stories.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 28th November 2019

TV review: Upright, Sky Atlantic

If you know what's good for you you'll be spending lots of time with them too.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th November 2019