Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin

Composer, actor and pianist Tim Minchin lept into the British comedy scene in 2005, with his Perrier-best-newcomer-winning Edinburgh show Dark Side.

It was a show he had debuted at the Sydney Big Laugh Comedy Festival earlier that year, and performed to critical acclaim at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where it won the Festival Directors' Award.

His follow-up show, So Rock, was nominated for the Barry award for the most outstanding show in his native Melbourne in 2006 before returning to Edinburgh. That year he also appeared at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

He performed his first show, Navel, in Australia in 2003 and was a Victoria state finalist in the Raw competition for new comedians the following year.

As an actor, he has played Amadeus in Peter Schaffer's play, and Hamlet, both for the Perth Theatre Company, and has appeared with the Australian Shakespeare Company.

Winner of the best music and variety act at the Chortle awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011, where his show with a full orchestra was also named best tour.

In 2010, he wrote the music for the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda.

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Second series for Tim Minchin's Upright

Milly Alcock also returns for a new mission in Queenland

Tim Minchin is to make a second series of his comedy drama Upright, broadcaster Sky has announced.

The musician and comedian will again star along Milly Alcock – who has joined Game of Thrones prequel series House of Dragons since being cast as feisty teenager Meg in the first series of the show.

In the eight new episodes, the pair will trade the desert of series one for the steamy tropics of far North Queensland as they hit the road, and the river, on a mission. 

Minchin – who will again co-write and compose music for the series as well as starring as Lucky – said: "The experience of making Upright was such a joy, and audience reactions from all over the world were so incredibly positive and moving, we knew we had to send Meg and Lucky on another adventure.

‘There’s a lot of story still to tell, and such a fantastic team of people lined up to tell it. 

The second series of Upright is currently in development, with filming to commence in Queensland next year. It is being made by Lingo Pictures for Sky and Now TV in the UK and Foxtel in Australia.

Minchin starts a second UK tour of his show Back in Aberdeen on Saturday. Tim Minchin tour dates and tickets.

Upright series 2 production credits

Made by: Lingo Pictures
Producers: Jason Stephens, Meg O’Connell
Executive producers: Helen Bowden, Alex Moody, Brian Walsh, Lana Greenhalgh, Tim Minchin
Writers: Niki Aken, Ian Meadows,  Natesha Somasundaram, Tim Minchin and others
Commissioned by: Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s managing director of content

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Published: 12 Oct 2021

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