Welcome to The Velvet Onion

tvohomelogoA central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy.

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 across TV, radio and in cinemas.


© BBC Film

© BBC Films

in cinemas from Friday 18th September

Simon FarnabyBen Willbond and the rest of the team behind Yonderland and Horrible Histories return with their big-screen look at the real life of William Shakespeare. TVO regulars Rufus Jones, Justin EdwardsRichard GloverTom Meeten and Clare Thomson also feature.

For Bill coverage, CLICK HERE.

The Kennedys

© BBC / Adam Lawrence

© BBC / Adam Lawrence

Fridays, 9:30pm, BBC One

Katherine ParkinsonDan Skinner and Harry Peacock star in the sitcom adaptation of Emma Kennedy’s childhood memoirs.

For The Kennedys coverage, CLICK HERE.

Alice’s Wunderland

© Lewes Herriot

Tuesdays, 11:00pm, BBC Radio Four

Alice Lowe‘s Poundland of Magical Realms returns for a third series featuring Rachel StubbingsRichard GloverClare Thomson, Simon Greenall and Marcia Warren.

For Alice’s Wunderland coverage, CLICK HERE.

Marley’s Ghosts



Wednesdays, 10:00pm, UK GOLD

Nicholas Burns stars as one of three ghosts in Marley’s life: her husband, her lover, and her priest. Sarah Alexander, John Hannah and Jo Joyner co-star.

For Marley’s Ghostscoverage, CLICK HERE.

Danger Mouse

© Fremantle Media/BBC

© Fremantle Media/BBC

Mondays, 6:00pm, CBBC

Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon lead the cast of this 21st century revamp of the cult 80s classic. Dave Lamb, Morween Banks, Lena Heady, Brian Blessed and Richard Ayoade will also feature across the run.

For Danger Mouse coverage, CLICK HERE.

Doctor Who

© BBC / Simon Ridgway

© BBC / Simon Ridgway

Saturdays, Times Vary, BBC One

Series Nine (or Season Thirty-Five, depending on your preference) of the long running sci-fi show returns, once again starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez. Paul KayeRebecca Front and Reece Shearsmith are amongst this year’s guest stars.

For Doctor Who coverage, CLICK HERE.




Fridays, 11:30am, BBC Radio Four

Rebecca Front and Morwenna Banks write and star in this sitcom developed in collaboration with Armando Iannucci, around Alice and Snoo: a former child prodigy and her confused friend, who are now head librarians.

New Tricks

 © Headstrong Pictures / Amanda Searle

© Headstrong Pictures / Amanda Searle

Tuesdays, 9pm, BBC One

The comic drama – which has previously featured a number of TVO relate guests – returns for its twelfth and final run, and Tracy Oberman has joined the regular cast. 

For New Tricks coverage, CLICK HERE.

Blunt Talk

© Starz

© Starz

Saturday, 9:00pm ET/PT, Starz [US Only]

Dolly Wells co-stars in this new US sitcom, led by British actors Sir Patrick Stewart and Adrian Scarborough.

For Blunt Talk coverage, CLICK HERE.


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 four latest efforts… for more, visit our channel.



We don’t really bother with the rest… yet!


For news specifically about a particular artist, simply click on their lovely faces below.


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