Archive | July, 2011

Horrible Update

31 Jul

As we mentioned last week, Simon Farnaby and others from the cast of CBBC’s Horrible Histories took part in the BBC Proms yesterday at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The show was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and sounded like everyone had a fantastic time. Simon performed as Death, singing about ‘stupid deaths’. If you missed the show it is available in two parts on BBC iPlayer, part one, part two.

If you want to see the action there is a short preview video on the Guardian website, and the show was recorded for later broadcast. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a date for this.

Rich On The Radio

30 Jul

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Rich Fulcher was interviewed earlier today by Justin Lee-Collins on XFM.

Presumably there to talk about his new stand-up show Tiny Acts of Rebellion, Rich displayed an astonishing degree of good-humoured patience during a volley of questions about the Boosh! He talked about the early days previewing their Edinburgh show to audiences of six people, the camaraderie that still exists between them (claiming that the downside of the Boosh is that it’s “too much fun”), and the planned release of a music cd and film. On the subject of hotly-anticipated Boosh movie, Rich claims it’s “57% likely”. At TVO we remain somewhat unconvinced by the robustness of this statistic.

Rich also talks about Modern Problems in Science, the improv university lecture tour he participated in the mid-nineties, which sounds utterly brilliant. We say bring it back! Of more relevance in the here and now, however, is Rich’s new show Tiny Acts of Rebellion, now nearing the end of its London Previews before he takes it up to Edinburgh. For details and tickets click here.

To hear this interview click on the “listen again” button on XFM’s website and select Justin Lee-Collins’ 30th July show; Rich is on from approx 1:32:57 to 1:52:30. Enjoy!

Family Guy Fielding

30 Jul

Horrid Henry The Movie, which features Noel Fielding as rocker Ed Banger, was released in the UK yesterday. To mark the film’s release Noel was interviewed by The Times. As we explained in  our tweet yesterday, unfortunately the interview isn’t available to view free online so we’re unable to link to it; however, there’s nothing to stop us telling you what the interview covers in case you missed it…

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In the piece in Friday’s Times2 Noel explains that appearing in a kids’ film appeals to him as he’s a big fan of their energy, honesty and openness: “Kids have no problem with weirdness…they never, at any point, go: ‘What!? That’s just silly!’ So I’ve got a lot of respect, and a lot of time, for kids.” He also talks of having his own brood one day, saying: “I could definitely see myself with kids. But I don’t think I’d want to be one of those people who has nannies and all that shit. I’d rather concentrate on the kids and put the work on the back burner. Which is hard at the moment.”

Noel talks about his own bohemian upbringing, the influence of his youthful parents: “My parents were into a lot of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefhearrt, and that rubbed off on me, too!”, and the fantasy worlds he would create for himself as an only child (until his brother Mike entered the world 9 years later). He says: “I’ve always been a daydreamer. Always interested in animals and forests and fairies and monsters. Not witches and goblins and all that. Harry Potter doesn’t interest me. That’s safe fantasy.”

He describes his special working relationship with Julian Barratt (“We have different styles, but our voices and faces are good together. You can’t plan stuff like that, and it’s difficult to find someone you can connect with when you’re writing”), and gives reassurances that they’ll return to the Boosh at some point. Noel also touches on the ‘party years’, and how the commercial success of the Boosh and the offers that came in off the back of it sometimes made him “uncomfortable”. He goes on to explain that the current focus of his creativity is the series he’s working on for E4, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedydescribing it as, “A kind of kaleidoscopic fantasy mental show that’s so psychedelic, strange and colourful that it just might work.”

To read the full interview visit The Times online; please note that you’ll be asked to pay to access it in full. Horrid Henry The Movie is on general release in all major cinemas across the UK; do let us know what you think if you’ve seen it!

IT Crowd And Submarine Competition

30 Jul
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To celebrate the release of Submarine on 1st August, Channel 4 have a competition to win prizes including the whole of The IT Crowd on DVD, and a copy of Submarine author Joe Dunthorne’s new novel Wild Abandon. One lucky winner will also get a copy of Submarine on Blu-ray and a Panasonic Blu-ray player to watch it on! Five runners-up will win copies of Submarine on Blu-ray.

Click here for more information and to enter the competition.

Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Submarine director Richard Ayoade.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win the Channel 4 Competition, then you can buy Submarine and The IT Crowd from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

Onion Talking: Richard Ayoade

29 Jul

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Monday, August 1st sees the dvd & blu-ray release of Submarine – Richard Ayoade’s directorial feature-film début.

The film was a huge hit earlier this year, and its home media release has been one of the most anticipated releases in TVO’s calendar for some time.

We managed to catch up with the insanely busy Mr Ayoade, to find out a little more about the film and his future prospects.

You can read the results below, and Submarine, its soundtrack and the original novel are all available to order now!

Hi Richard! It’s a pleasure to talk you… we at TVO loved the film.

Thank you very much!

How did you prepare for the challenge of making your first film?

The main thing seems to be spending time on the script. Writing it and getting it right seems to be the most time-consuming element, that you’re most focused on for the longest. That’s the major thing to get right.

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There’s quite dark subject matter in the film, even if it’s ultimately uplifting. Would you say it’s fair to say it’s not really what people would expect of you?

I suppose it’s hard for me to know what people would have expected, really. I think because it’s an adaptation of a book, it hopefully follows the tone of the novel, so I don’t think it’s like something I would be in. It’s different, I suppose. Continue reading

Psycho Dee Pops Up!

29 Jul

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Dee Plume will be performing this weekend as part of The Apocalypstick Weekender at the Vestal Vodka pop-up gallery and bar in London. Regular peelers will recall that the temporary venue houses an exhibition of Noel Fielding‘s paintings.

Dee will be performing as Psycho Delia v The Ward at 7.30-8.00pm on Saturday, with voluntary donations going to the War Child Charity. Music, art and vodka cocktails…what a great combo!

The pop-up bar can be found at 25 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AB. For more information about the evening’s full line-up, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Editor’s Note: Psycho Delia V The Ward’s appearance tonight has been cancelled. You can catch their next gig on Thursday at the Hawley Arms in Camden.

The Door To Bernadette

29 Jul

IAMX have released their second single Bernadette from their latest album Volatile Times!

Bernadette is sold as a part of an exclusive package and includes several different versions of the track such as an “emotional rework” by IAMX’s lead-singer Chris Corner. This package is only available digitally through the official website.

Furthermore, not one but two videos have been recorded for this single! The first video is directed and edited by Fabian Roettger and uses the original radio edit of Bernadette.

As an alternative or rather an addition to the first video, Chris Corner himself has done a re-edit for the German version of the single.

You can download these two versions as well as the video for the first single Ghosts of Utopia right here.

Remember that tickets are still available for IAMX’s London show on October 13th. Not in London but want to see IAMX live? Make sure to check where they are playing next!

TVO Meets Hot Brew – Part One: Deal, Or No Deal?

28 Jul

TVO is proud to bring you a video exclusive with Hot Brew!

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Since being the subject of a JackalFilm last year, Oona & Crispin Wheatflake have appeared on many a bill alongside familiar TVO faces, and as such, we felt compelled to ask them some questions.

Our meeting took place a few short weeks ago, as our mutual acquaintances Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin persuaded the mythical folk-legends to talk to us about their lives, their beliefs, and their forthcoming appearances across the land.

You can see the first half of our resultant exploits below:

We are also pleased to confirm that Hot Brew will be making a special one-night only appearance at the Edinburgh Festival as part of a one-off Forgery Club excursion to the city.

Offering the best sketch, character & musical comedy in all of Edinburgh, the night promises treats, dancing and lots of surprises. Oh, and possibly a sacrifice.

Guests will be announced soon, but we can confirm this event takes place on “the night before the day everyone has off” – at exactly midnight on August 14th/15th, at The Belly Laugh, Underbelly, Cowgate.

For more info,  attach your lizard-suckers at the Facebook event page – and we’ll hopefully bring you further news alongside part two of our exclusive chat, very soon.

Beautiful Dreamer

28 Jul

Glover, Evans & Winehouse (© Unknown)

As you’re no doubt aware, last weekend saw the tragic early passing of pop-jazz singer Amy Winehouse, and tributes have understandably been pouring in from all over the world, from the ordinary man and woman on the street right up to the higher reaches of the Hollywood A-List.

Joining this tidal wave of emotional is a curve-ball treat from Richard Glover and Stephen Evans, who have teamed up with the Green Lanes Players to record Beautiful Dreamer – a gentle, ukulele-led cover of the Stephen Foster song that’s low-fi but utterly captivating, and one of the most heartfelt of all the tributes so far.

You can hear it for yourself below:

This Is Jinsy, That Is Promotion!

28 Jul

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Promotion for forthcoming Sky Atlantic comedy series This Is Jinsy, featuring a smattering of TVO regulars, has begun in earnest over at Sky Atlantic’s official website.

The show, written by and starring Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, began life as a BBC Three pilot last year – only for Auntie to turn down the chance to make a full series (it’s like Lifespam all over again!).  However, satellite broadcaster Sky Atlantic, who are part of BSkyB’s growing drive for original programming, picked up the show and have secured a stream of high-profile names to ensure the show launches with a big bang.

This Is Jinsy follows Arbiter Maven and Operative Sporall as they keep a close eye on the 791 colourful residents of Jinsy from the Great Tower in the parish of Veen.  Joining the cast as a series regular is TVO’s very own Alice Lowe as the wonderfully named Soosan Noop, whilst Janine Duvitski (One Foot In The Grave) and comedy legend Geoffrey McGivern (The Hitchhiker’s Guide…, Big Train etc) join the regulars as Mrs Goadian and Trince respectively.

You can see the trailer, which features a tiny tiny glimpse of Alice, courtesy of Chortle, below:

But that’s not all.  As Sky Atlantic’s first ever original comedy commission, the channel has pulled out all the stops to entice big name stars to make guest appearances in the eight part series, and the calibre of the guests surely demonstrates that …Jinsy is on track to be one of the most inventive and downright hilarious shows we’ve seen on telly in some time.

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These include Harry Hill, who is pictured here in far too convincing drag as the sinister Joon Boolay, and former Doctor Who David Tennant as corrupt, camp wedding planner Mr Slightyman.  Tennant’s former Who companion, comedienne Catherine Tate (who also appeared in Big Train, Booshdom fans!) will appear as Roopina Crale, whilst Jane Horrocks, Simon Callow, The Actor Kevin Eldon, Peter Serafinowicz and Brian Murphy.

Rounding out the cast as are Marek Larwood, Nigel Planer, Don Warrington, KT Tunstall, Marcia Warren and our very own Colin Hoult as Seebry Mungerton, making this truly one to watch for all our peelers!

Directed by Psychoville and Little Britain director Matt Lipsey, and script-edited by comedienne Emma Kennedy, This Is Jinsy has benefited from an incredible calibre of cast and crew, and a broadcaster that nurtures and develops comic talent in a way that few have seen in recent years – as the lack of support many a pilot has received from other broadcasters only attests to.

Marking itself out as one to watch, TVO hopes to bring you more news from Jinsy very soon.  It airs on Sky Atlantic from September.

Our friends at Such Small Portions interviewed Emma Kennedy about the show earlier this month. Catch their interview here!

Cook in Berlin

28 Jul

© Chris Corner

Musician James Cook has been particularly active this week in his home town of Berlin.

On Sunday he appeared on local radio station Reboot fm – on Steve Morell’s show, The Zero Hour.  You can hear a recording of that particular show here.

Then this Friday, 29th July, Cook will be performing at CCCP on Rosenthaler Platz, Mitte. He’ll be on stage from 10pm, so why not head down there – and then come back and tell us all about it!?

For regular Cook updates check out his twitter feed or go old school and head over to his Myspace page.

Richard Ayoade: Mover & Shaker

25 Jul

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Richard Ayoade has been named in this year’s MediaGuardian 100. This is an annual list of the most powerful people in TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, digital media, advertising and PR. Candidates are judged on three criteria: their cultural, economic and political influence in the UK.

Ayoade is a new entry at 94, which places him 5 people higher than Lord Sugar and 88 below Rupert Murdoch! Mark Zuckerberg made this year’s number 1 spot.

MediaGuardian says of his entry in the list, “Ayoade makes the list on his own merit, but is also representative of a new wave of film-makers bypassing the traditional route to movie-making – not just comics but also photographers and artists, such as Armando Iannucci, Anton Corbijn, Steve McQueen and Sam Taylor-Wood.”

To read his entry in full click here, and to see the list from 1-100 take a look at this.

Still Life In Soho

25 Jul

© Paul Foot

Paul Foot is to bring his forthcoming Edinburgh show to London this Autumn.

Still Life, which Foot brings to life at The Underbelly, Cowgate throughout August, will be revived at the Soho Theatre between September 26th and October 1st.  Previous runs at the theatre have been extended due to rapidly disappearing tickets, so it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment!

Tickets to the Soho Theatre run, and of course, Paul’s Edinburgh appearances, are available now.

For a complete run-down of TVO favourites at Edinburgh, see this earlier peeling.  Foot fans can also pick up an audio recording of his 2010 Edinburgh show Ash In The Attic, directed by Noel Fielding, on cd via Paul’s website.

Moon Sunday

25 Jul

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Julian Barratt is to create a one-off listening experience for BBC 6 Music.

Barratt is set to fill in on Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service early next month for one week only –  in what promises to be an eclectic hint at the corners of Julian’s record colllection.

Promising a range from Scott Walker to The Silver Apples, Julian Barratt’s Sunday Service will air on 6 Music between 4pm and 6pm on August 7th.

TVO will provide iPlayer links as soon as possible.

Editors note: Thanks to theclappers4 for the heads-up!

Horrible Histories At The Proms

24 Jul


Simon Farnaby has confirmed that he will be performing in the famous BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall in London!

Farnaby will be appearing as part of the cast in in Prom 20: Horrible Histories, a live interpretation of the award-winning CBBC TV series. The performance takes place next Saturday, 30th July at 11am and 2pm. The cast from the TV show will be backed by children’s choirs and the Aurora Orchestra, with songs from the series interspersed with music by composers such as King Henry VIII, Lully, Mozart and others.

The Proms website states that “seated (free) seats for the event have now sold out”, but if you’re interested in going it’s worth contacting the box office to find out if other tickets are still available. Failing that, you can listen to it on BBC Radio 3 (live and for 7 days after broadcast). The performance will also be filmed for a future TV broadcast – click here for details.

How Not To Live…The Final Curtain

23 Jul

© Mog

Last week welcomed the DVD release of Series 3 of How Not To Live Your Life , the BBC3 sitcom written and starring Dan Clark. To greet the release of the final series fans were invited to a Q&A to ask the cast (David Armand, Leila Hoffman, Daniel Taylor and, of course, Dan Clark) whatever was floating around their brains. It goes without saying that TVO was there, ready to report back!

Tucked away in the bowels of a central London hotel, we took our seats and were first of all treated to a screening of the episode voted ‘best in series 3’ by fans: Don, The Musical. After this, the cast came out and we were invited to delve straight into our questions by compere Hardeep Singh Kohli. The Q&A covered how they find their characters, how they feel about the end inevitably coming after a one-off Christmas Special this year, and of course Don’s flattering pink dressing gown. Here are some of the questions/answers from the evening:

Dan, is HNTLYL simply a projection of your fantasies?
I guess there is a little bit of living out a fantasy in it. I’m very different to Don and I wouldn’t do or say the things he does, so to be able to play someone who literally speaks his mind like a child would, not having to adhere to normal behaviour, is a bit like acting out a fantasy. It’s not just the pissing and the bondage gear and the dating tramps…which we all want to do, right?

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Berry’s Irish Times

23 Jul
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Great news for Irish Matt Berry fans, he is having a mini tour in Ireland starting at Whelans in Dublin on Friday 29th July, followed by Cyprus Avenue in Cork on Saturday 30th, then in Galway at The Róisín Dubh, on Sunday 31st.

Matt will be performing songs from his recently released album Witchazel, and will be joined by Mark Morriss from The Bluetones, who Matt has collaborated with in the past.

Click here for more information and tickets for the Dublin and Cork shows and here for the show in Galway.

Matt has also been interviewed in The Irish Times, where he reveals his fear of Kate Bush!

Matt’s new single So Low is out on 1st August and you can see the video now.

Witchazel is available on cd and vinyl in the TVO Amazon Store.

Movie Mayhem

23 Jul
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To celebrate the UK release on 29th July of Horrid Henry The Movie, CITV showed Horrid Henry’s Movie Mayhem, a behind the scenes look at the making of the film.

As we mentioned previously Noel Fielding stars as Ed Banger in the film, which also stars Richard E Grant, Matt Horne and Jo Brand.

To watch the show click here, Noel’s interview  is at around 13 minutes.

Editors Note: Thanks to Natasha for telling us about this.

Port & Brew

22 Jul

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This weekend sees a bevy of TVO favourites descend upon the Port Elliot Festival.

As part of a star-studded line-up, we confirmed last weekend that Hot Brew will be appearing on Saturday, with Antony Elvin turning up on Sunday and as part of Princes In The Tower at various points on both days.  If any of our readers are attending the event, we’d love to hear from you!

Still on the subject of Hot Brew, The Velvet Onion can reveal that a few weeks ago, we managed to pin down Oona & Crispin Wheatflake for an extensive chat – highlights from which will be coming your way very soon.  You can see a preview clip below.

The duo have also just confirmed an Edinburgh Festival appearance, for one night only, on the 14th August – so we’ll be bringing you more info on that, alongside our video exclusive, as soon as possible.  Stay peeled!

Late Late Olive Green Fulcher

22 Jul

Last Monday, Rich Fulcher made an appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, to promote the forthcoming US release of Snuff Box.

His visit on the US chat show is now available on YouTube and you can watch the hilarious (and charmingly weird!) segment below.

This was Rich’s second visit on the The Late Late Show – you can watch his first appearance from January by going here.


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