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La La Land Again

27 Dec

© Showtime

We were having so much fun at TVO over Christmas that we’ve just found out La La Land – the American mockumentary series narrated by Julian Barratt – had all 6 episodes repeated last night on BBC3. There’s no need to worry if you missed it, they are all still available on BBC iplayer.

The show is also available on DVD via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store – so there’s no excuse for missing it!

Onion Talking: Dave Brown [Part Two - Drag Queens & Harlequins]

27 Dec

© Dave Brown

Last week saw TVO begin its exclusive chat with Dave Brown of The Mighty Boosh.
Part two of this extensive interview, featuring Brown’s hints at future Boosh projects, the reaction to the Boosh Band’s latest live venture, and working with Rich Fulcher on his Eleanor live show, is to be found below.
The third and final part will follow later this week. Keep peeling to find out more!

The last round of Boosh appearances are already a fading memory. The last episode of The Mighty Boosh, following three hugely popular series, aired in December 2007. The Future Sailors Tour wound up just over a year later, and the boys have only sporadically appeared together as a unit since – yet barring a surprise appearance at this year’s NME Awards, it’s never quite been as the full five-man ensemble.

During that last blitz of activity, the Boosh fan base was augmented by NME readers and trendy teens going wild about this ‘new’ thing.  Could the elongated break from the limelight be damaging? Could the casual fans have moved on before the Boosh return?

© Boots Electric

“It never ceases to amaze me just how loyal Boosh fans still are,” Dave states, “but decisions aren’t made on how long it’s been since there was last a Boosh show of some sort.  The last big thing we did all together was the Future Sailors tour.”

Big is something of an understatement, with the tour taking in around a hundred dates including multiple arena performances.  “It was an amazing experience, but it was also very full on and intense so it was only natural that there would be a long gap afterwards.  It’s healthy to have breaks and do other projects separately.  I can’t say I don’t miss it as they were some of the best days of my life, and I’d jump on a tour bus tomorrow if the opportunity arose but unfortunately, those decisions aren’t made by me!” Continue reading

TOPSHOP!

27 Dec

The post-Christmas sales have officially begun, and there are some bargains to be had if it’s Boosh swag you’re after.

The Velvet Onion Amazon Store is, naturally, no stranger to reductions, with the latest Boosh dvd, Journey Of The Childmen: The Mighty Boosh On Tour leading the way at only £6.99!

Meanwhile, the recording of the show itself, Future Sailors Live sees reductions on all three formats – with the limited edition down to £16.99, the special edition down to £10.99 and the one-disc bare bones release only £3.99!

And if its the tv series you’re after, either to fill the gaps in your collection or as last minute pressies for new fans, you can pick all of them up for under £4 each, or buy the box set for less than £16.

Sales don’t end there, either, with Bunny And The Bull down to £4.49 [or £5.99 on blu-ray], The IT Crowd 1-4 boxset only £23.74, Snuffbox a measly £4.49 and both Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and its sequel Man To Man With Dean Learner only £5.49 a piece.

All of these and much much more are available in our store now, and as a tiny tiny tiny tiny amount goes back into helping this place stay open, we’d love it if you make us your preferred Amazon retailer.  Pop on down now, where Neville Bamshoot has been roped in to help pack your goods.

Grilled Bacon

27 Dec

© Rich Fulcher (modifications by Aggie)

Rich Fulcher is to make two additional appearances on stage and screen this Christmas.

The first of these starts tonight, when Rich will be one of the pundits offering sage advice and wisdom on BBC3’s The Most Annoying People Of 2010 countdown.

Hosted, as ever, by Richard Bacon, the series will air over two nights – with part two tomorrow evening, and will be repeated frequently over the coming weeks as well as being made available on iPlayer.  For more details, check out TV Guide.

Fulcher’s second appearance is even better.  Exclusively to TVO, we can reveal that those of you in the London area can catch him being grilled by comic creations Ronna and Beverly at the SoHo Theatre tomorrow night!

The fifty-something Jewish mothers, played by thirty-somethings Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, will give Rich some advice of their own on a night which promises to be one to remember.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 9:30pm, are available now via the SoHo Theatre website priced £17.50 (concessions £15.00).

Come Fly With Me Flies!

27 Dec

 

© Little Britain Productions / BBC Productions

New mockumentary sketch show Come Fly With Me, directed by Paul King, has debuted to impressive ratings despite a critical mauling.

The show, which is the first collaborative project between Matt Lucas & David Walliams post-Little Britain, also featured a surprise appearance from none other than Alice Lowe.

Initial overnight ratings suggest the first episode, broadcast on Christmas Day, was the third most watched program of the day with 10.3 million viewers – only marginally beaten by Doctor Who and top-rated program Eastenders on 11m.  However, these initial ratings do not take into account timeshifted viewing – that is, people who recorded the show to watch it later – so the final figures may Eastenders fall beneath Come Fly With Me and Doctor Who!

The episode is available on iPlayer for the next seven days.

Keen-eyed viewers may also have spotted another Booshniverse face during Doctor Who – as a be-goggled manservant was played by Tim Plester, the writer and co-star of Ant Muzak alongside Oram & Meeten many years ago.  It’s a small world, isn’t it?

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