Since 2010, TVO has been chronicling the exploits of a range of frequently collaborating artists on both sides of the camera. Initially sprung off the back of celebrated early 00s comedy night Ealing Live, and the simultaneous rise of connected Edinburgh darlings Garth Marenghi and The Mighty Boosh, the group has continued to expand its ad-hoc collaborative relations, bringing in pioneers from the previous generation of comedy greats, and helping develop new, emerging talent.
Many of those initial faces are now as widely recognised names in alternative comedy, as those prestigious talents who helped them along the way, and as the current crop begins its upwards swing towards the mainstream, it’s safe to say the cult of The Velvet Onion remains as strong as ever. Taking in television, radio, film, stage, print and online, there’s always something going on, and the only solution to staying on top of it is simple: Keep on Peeling.
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Here’s what’s coming up over the next 7 days on your TV screens and beyond.
Mondays, 8pm, Sky1
The family-friendly comedic fantasy series from the makers of Horrible Histories returns for a second series. Starring Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Dan Skinner, Mackenzie Crook and Clare Thomson.
For Yonderland coverage, CLICK HERE.
Sundays, 9pm, Channel Four
The dystopian sci-fi drama featuring Katherine Parkinson, Rebecca Front, Paul Kaye and Dan Tetsell in its ensemble cast.
For Humans coverage, CLICK HERE.
Mondays, 5:20pm, CBBC
Simon Farnaby stars in the smash-hit CBBC comedy, based on the series of educational books. Previous series have also co-starred Alice Lowe, Katy Wix and the cast of Yonderland and Bill.
For Horrible Histories coverage, CLICK HERE.
Available on iPlayer from 11pm, Monday 13th July
A series of six comedy shorts available exclusively on iPlayer. These include:
Dead Air: featuring Greg James, Tom Davis, Nico Tatarowicz and music from Waen Shepherd
Fishbowl: featuring Michael Smiley
People Time: featuring Ellie White
For Comedy Feeds coverage, CLICK HERE.
TVO Recommends: Taskmaster
Tuesdays, 10pm, Dave
Greg Davies and Alex Horne set Roisin Conaty, Tim Key, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and Josh Widdicombe random tasks in a bid for comic madness, in this new panel show from Dave.
From time to time, TVO catches up with our regulars – and a few extra curricular types – to find out what’s making them tick. Some of the latest examples are below… for more, visit the Interviews section, or search “Onion Talking“.
From exclusive preview clips and trailers, to our own unique content, TVO like to play with YouTube whenever we can. Here’s our three latest efforts… for more, visit our channel.
We don’t really bother with the rest… yet!
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