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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Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter profile for more news as and when we hear about it!thisweek

Here’s what’s coming up over the next 7 days.

Toast of London

© Channel 4

© Channel 4

Wednesdays, 10:30pm, Channel Four

Matt Berry returns as the larger than life Steven Toast, in the sitcom he writes with Arthur Matthews (Father Ted, Big Train). As ever, Harry Peacock, Doon Mackichan, Tracy ObermanTim Downie, and Robert Bathurst return for the ride. Series Three also features appearances by John Hamm, Brian Blessed, Paul Whitehouse, Vic Reeves and Snuffbox star Alan Ford.

For Toast of London coverage, CLICK HERE.


© Channel Four / Ed Miller

© Channel Four / Ed Miller

Tuesdays, 10:00pm, Channel Four

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney return for a second run of their relationship comedy, also starring Mark Bonnar and Carrie Fisher.

For Catastrophe coverage, CLICK HERE.


© Jon Hall / Sky1

© Jon Hall / Sky1

Mondays, 9:00pm, Sky1

The supermarket sitcom is back for a fifth series with Aisling Bea returning for her second run as checkout girl Charlie. Also along for the ride are Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who), Jason Watkins (W1A), Stephen Tompkinson (Ballykissangel) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It).

For past Trollied coverage, CLICK HERE.

Danger Mouse

© Fremantle Media/BBC

© Fremantle Media/BBC

Weekdays, 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.

Peep Show

© Angus Young / Channel 4

© Angus Young / Channel 4

Wednesdays, 10:00pm, Channel Four

The final series of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s cult favourite Peep Show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb is currently underway, with Cariad Lloyd making recurring appearances as Megan.

Jekyll and Hyde



Sundays, 6:30pm, ITV1

Tony Way is amongst the ensemble cast for ITV1’s new fantasy drama from the mind of Fast Show veteran Charlie Higson. Tom Bateman stars as the the titular split-personality, alongside Richard E Grant, Natalie Gumede, Donald Sumpter and Ace Bhatti, with cameos from Reeves and Mortimer and Tom Davis.

For Jekyll and Hyde coverage, CLICK HERE.

The Detectorists

© Channel X North / Treasure Trove / Lola Entertainment / Chris Harris

© Channel X North / Treasure Trove / Lola Entertainment / Chris Harris

Thursdays, 10:00pm, BBC Four

Simon Farnaby appears as one half of bitter rivals Garfunkel & Simon in Mackenzie Crook’s sitcom, which co-stars Toby Jones.

For Detectorists 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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