In today’s Wizard World Virtual Experience Outlander panel, Stephen Walters had some amazing news for his and Andrew Gower‘s fans: Their joint-venture Humpty Fu*king Dumpty will finally be available online for everyone to watch next Friday (8 May 2020)!
The main protagonist, Merseybeat musician Tommy Quickly (played by Andrew Gower), was another discovery of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and the short film sheds some light on a pivotal turning point in Tommy’s career and life.
Watch this clip with Stephen Walters’ announcement – and watch this space, we’ll be updating this post as soon as we know more details including where and when you can see the film!
Thank you to Jackie Merrell (@AngusAngels) for sharing this video with us!)
ETA (4 May 2020):
We do have a release date now! Start your countdowns!
(Source: Humpty Film on Twitter)
With most of us in some form of quarantine during the Covid-19 epidemic, we hope the follwing interview will provide some welcome distraction. Andrew Gower graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us earlier this week – little did he know how many there would be! He answered all of them nonetheless and we cannot thank him enough for his time and patience!
We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did coming up with questions and covering “a bit of everything”.
First things first: How are you?
Right now, I feel like I should be asking all of you … how you are? … but I shall answer your question : despite the craziness of the world right now – I’m well thank you and healthy. Self isolating in London. In a VERY clean flat.
This question needs to be asked: On a scale from 1-10, how weird or how awesome is it for you to have your own small fanbase?
10 for awesomeness. The weirdness has worn away.
Do you remember the first time someone asked you for your autograph?
The first autograph I ever signed was at a cinema in Angel – the person sat next to me thought I was Andy Murray.
You’re not very active on Social Media. What changed your mind about joining Instagram? Do you have a preference?
I love Twitter for football. All Everton news. That’s a daily go to. I do like to post random photos or music on both – sporadically. I think it’s a nice way to share work you’re passionate about. But I’ve definitely made a conscious effort to spend less time on them. Nothing wrong with a bit of mystery.
Tell us something about Andrew, the actor: when you’re filming, what’s the first thing you do when you come on set? Do you have a special routine?
This changes from set to set … or whatever scenes I’m filming that day. But I’d say a common go to is a cup of black coffee or at a push a red bush tea.
Part of the fun of wrapping a project is knowing that when it comes out you’ll be in a completely different headspace/another role 🤞. There’s something magical about that. Much nicer to be able to watch a project from a distance – not that I’m an avid viewer of my work anyway.
Out of all the characters you played, do you have a favourite?
I really don’t. The joy is being able to think what you can play next or how you could improve the role you just played/make better for next time.
Probably one of the most beloved characters you’ve played so far is Sherlock Holmes (lovingly nicknamed “Baby Sherlock” by your fans btw) on Murdoch Mysteries. It’s been 7 years and people are still asking if/when you’ll make a comeback. Are you aware there’s even an online petition that asks for your return?
I’m not aware but that’s very lovely to hear.
What would Sherlock Holmes think about Miss Eliza Scarlet?
Probably be incredibly envious of her talents … and hat collection.
I’ve definitely had my overdose of Victorian England. Etiquette coming out of my ears. Although with every character I try and approach them with a different mind set or from a different angle – but it definitely helps to have researched a time period.
One of your fans once commented that it takes “guts and talent” to take on characters like Caligula or Bonnie Prince Charlie. What do you think were some brave choices you made in portraying either character?
That’s lovely to hear. I think one of the main things I took from drama school and from actors I admire … is that we should always be taking risks. Creative risks. Bold choices. Just like Brian Epstein took a risk on 4 lads from Liverpool. Best creative decisions are always risks.
I’ve never seen it. Thanks for the recommendation.
Three of the characters you played recently (Tommy Quickly, James Hadfield and Ben Taylor) are all battling (different) mental health issues. Coincidence or is this a topic you particularly liked exploring at that moment?
Honestly, it’s just they’re all really interesting characters on the page. It’s an amazing opportunity to play somebody who faces different day to day obstacles than yourself.
Can you share any news on Running Naked?
The last I heard the final edit is finished.
I really couldn’t choose. V lucky to have filmed in all those countries. My mitten game is strong … don’t you worry.
Congratulations on a second season for Carnival Row! How does it feel to be back for another season?
It’s great to be back!
Our corner of the internet imploded a little, when you announced your part in the final season of Poldark. To see Mitchell and Cutler unite is probably the biggest dream, Being Human fans never knew they had, come true. How was filming with Aidan Turner?
Great to finally meet Aidan. Was lovely to chat about our time on Being Human and many of the Poldark crew had been on the show too. Joy to see them all!
You recently completed your first film as a producer. Can you tell us something about the experience to be in charge of a project from beginning to end? Would you like to produce again, maybe also direct?
It’s definitely something I’d like to do again. Though like with everything … It’s all about finding the right project and then you’ll NEED to do it.
Our wonderful producer Jennie Scanlon found out I had been in a band and asked if they could use the music for the episode.
Another example is Rob (Black Mirror), who is singing in his car just before the fatal accident. Was that scene improvised?
If you had become a professional football player, which position would you have played? Who’s your favourite player?
Oh best question of the day. I was a delusional central midfielder. Still am. My favourite player is Leighton Baines.
Anything you want to say to your fans?
Thanks so much for all your support and now more than ever please stay safe n at home.
Thanks a million, Andrew, for taking the time and agreeing to answer this really long list of questions. Stay safe and well, and we can’t wait to see you in your upcoming projects!
>>> Don’t miss Miss Scarlet and The Duke on 31 March 2020 9:00pm on Alibi channel! <<<
There are two new stills taken on the set of Humpty Fu*king Dumpty by photographer Dave Gleave. They show Andrew Gower as Tommy Quickly, the main protagonist of the short film about the Merseybeat singer.
Very sad news reached us today. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Andrew Gower and Stephen Walters unfortunately had to cancel the screening of their short film Humpty Fu*king Dumpty, scheduled for 10 June 2019 in London.
They send their apologies and thank the fans for their support.
We’re gutted about the news and hope we can report more positive news about Humpty Fu*king Dumpty soon again.
For now we can only send both Andrew and Stephen positive vibes and well wishes, and the reassurance of our unwavering love and support!
Things are really moving fast now – only two months after Andrew Gower and Stephen Walters wrapped filming on their first joint venture, they announced today that soon they’ll be ready to share the news on the screening of Humpty Dumpty (now called Humpty Fu*king Dumpty) with the fans.
If you’re on Twitter, click the link and tell Andrew and Stephen how excited you are about Humpty Fu*king Dumpty!
Welcome to #TeamHumptyDumpty, Oli!
According to IMDb, Kiran Sonia Sawar joined the cast of Andrew Gower‘s and Stephen Walters‘ short film Humpty Dumpty about musician Tommy Quickly. Kiran received a BAFTA Scotland Best Actress nomination for her role as Shazia in Andrew’s Black Mirror episode “Crocodile”.
We asked our resident Tommy Quickly experts at his fan page on Facebook and they reckon Kiran’s character Peggy might have been one of Tommy’s girlfriends. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be the truth!
Follow Humpty Dumpty on Twitter for further updates!
Andrew Gower joined Outlander author Diana Gabaldon in a panel at Denver Comic Con. The duo answered some question from the moderator but also the audience covering topics such as Outlander (of course), but also Andrew’s former band Emerson and his current Kickstarter campaign for Humpty Dumpty.
Visit our Gallery for more pictures from the convention!