Archive | November, 2011

Horgan And The Little People

30 Nov

Sharon Horgan will be starring in one of the BBC’s top family films this Christmas season.

She will be appearing alongside Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Sheehan and Aisling Loftus in an modern-day adaptation of The Borrowers. Horgan plays the part of the mother of Arrietty Clock, a head-strong teenage Borrower who is keen to explore life outside her hidden family home. Christopher Eccleston plays the father.

So far we know that the film will air on BBC1 but we don’t know when exactly.  The full schedule for the Christmas period will be available in early December, so we’ll be sure to let you know then.

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Advent Treats!

30 Nov

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As a thank you to all our loyal readers, we here at TVO have put together a collection of tasty Booshniverse treats for you all to enjoy in the days up until Christmas. Our Advent Calendar won’t contain any chocolate, but you are sure to enjoy your daily goodies!

Starting tomorrow you can enjoy a bit of Booshniverse magic every day until Christmas.

Drop by tomorrow for your first surprise!

Scribblings Competition #6: Time To Win Oxford Wristbands And Books!

30 Nov

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It’s competition time! The Velvet Onion and Canongate Books are delighted to be able to offer 5 lucky peelers the chance to get guaranteed signed copies of Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton – in person with Noel Fielding and Dave Brown - this Saturday!

The duo will be hosting a live painting event and signing in Waterstones in Oxford, from 12noon onwards.  Five of our readers will be given a pair of wristbands for the event for them and a friend, and one free signed copy of the book too!  All you have to do is reply to this post with a comment below, answering the following question:

WHAT ARE THE FULL NAMES (FIRST NAME AND SURNAME) OF THE TWO MINSTRELS THAT ACCOMPANIED NOEL AND DAVE AT THE SOHO SIGNING?

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE FIVE LUCKY WINNERS WHO ANSWERED FIRST WITH ANTONY ELVIN AND WILL SUMMERS WERE:

1. Georgie

2. Hollie Keenan

3. Casey

4. Emma Stevenson

5. Patti

Congratulations! Can you please send your full name and contact details to submit@thevelvetonion.com

You will be given the wristbands and books on Saturday by Canongate’s promotional team. Winners MUST be able to provide their own transport to the event, and be 100% certain they can make it. For all the legal T&Cs, see below.

This competition offers guaranteed entry to the Waterstones Oxford event featuring Noel Fielding & Dave Brown on Saturday 3rd December 2011. Each prize consists of 2x wristbands for the event and 1x signed copy of ‘Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton’. These will be given to the winners by the promotional team from Canongate who will be present on Saturday. This competition is being run entirely by The Velvet Onion, with prizes organised and distributed by Canongate Books Ltd. One entry per person. Any entrants found making multiple entries from the same IP address will be disqualified, and banned from entering further competitions run by The Velvet Onion. Furthermore, any winning entrants who fail to turn up to the event without giving The Velvet Onion prior warning of at least 24 hours notice [12noon Friday] will be banned from entering further competitions run by The Velvet Onion. Due to the nature of our website software, comments may appear to have been posted before others when first entered, but our system logs the exact time a comment was made enabling us to truly determine the winners. If you firmly disagree with our results, email submit@thevelvetonion.com and we can provide evidence to support our decision. The Velvet Onion will not accept entries as replies to our Facebook/Twitter pages, messages on our forum or emailed to any account. No personal information required, and your emails will not be passed on to a third party beyond Canongate Books Ltd. There is no monetary value to this competition and no cash alternative will be offered. The Velvet Onion and Canongate Books Ltd reserve the right to withdraw this competition if any overriding issues arise.

December in the Booshniverse

30 Nov
December is looking good for everyone in need of some entertainment in these dark winter times. Scratch your comedy itch, see a feature film or download some music – there’s something for everyone.
The various Booshniverse acts will be keeping themselves busy over the coming month so let us remind you of what December holds in store!

Out now

Rich FulcherStuart Lee,  Kevin Eldon and  Julia Davis are all involved in the family feature film Arthur Christmas. This flurry of Booshniverse artists voice some of the characters in the film. You can read more about this 3D animated film and see the trailer here.

Mongrels actress Lucy Montgomery is a part of the musical Company which is showing at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Company runs from November 30th to January 7th 2012 and tells the story about a single man facing his 35th birthday and who seemingly has it all… but the question is – is he really happy? Click here if you want to know more about this musical.

December 1st

The first of December fittingly brings us Joey Page‘s first solo theatre show at the Etcetera Theatre in London! After a successful appearance on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the young comedian will take the stage together with his comedic partner Sam Ashurst. Page will dazzle the audience with his show titled Sparklehorse Superbrain. This is one show you simply cannot miss so grab your tickets now!

December 3rd

Colin Hoult will be hosting an evening of comedy at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston. On stage, you will find superb comedians such as Adam Riches, Henning Wehn, Miles Jupp, Pat Cagull and Cariad Lloyd. More information about this show and ticket links can be found at our earlier post.

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Lucy Montgomery Has Company

29 Nov

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Do you fancy seeing a Booshiverse veteran in a musical?

Actress Lucy Montgomery has appeared in many of shows that we get excited about, including The Mighty BooshThe IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera and Tittybangbang. What’s more, she’s currently on our screens as the voice of Destiny in MongrelsAnd now you can catch her in a theatre production in Sheffield.

Lucy will be appearing as part of a multi award-winning cast in Company, Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a single man facing his 35th birthday. It production takes place at the famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and runs from tomorrow, Wednesday 30th November, through to Saturday 7th January 2012. For a full list of times and dates – and to book tickets click here.

For more information about the play and the cast visit the Sheffield Theatres website here.

Mongrels USA!

29 Nov

Finally, American Peelers can watch the magic that is Mongrels on Hulu and Hulu Plus!

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No-one could have failed to notice that we had a Mongrels takeover a few weeks ago so you know that TVO loves the show. It features many Booshniverse stars and the second series has an appearance by Rich Fulcher!

Click here to find out  about Mongrels on Hulu, and to discover a lot more about the show  have a look at our extensive coverage!

The first three episodes of Series One are available to our American Peelers, as well as the preview clips “They’re All Dead”, “Meet the Mongrels”, “Training Montage”, and “Chickens”. Those with Hulu Plus can access it all in HD on TV and mobile devices.

Sneaky Scribblings

29 Nov

Last Saturday as you would well know, TVO took a trip to Golden Square in Soho to capture a day of painting, signing, singing and dancing for the promotion of Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton.

To tease you until we can bring you the full summary of the day in video-form, have a look at a snippet below which includes the glorious Minstrels, Antony Elvin and Will Summers (The Tudor Unit) who provided the musical entertainment throughout the day!

Enjoy and also remember that you Oxford peelers should keep returning for our competition to win wristbands for Noel Fielding and Dave Brown‘s next event!

New photos from the day are also available to see on our new Flickr page PLUS keep peeling to see another exclusive interview with the other half of the makers of Scribblings!

Cat Chat At 11pm Tonight

28 Nov

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Marion from Mongrels will be online for a live webchat after tonight’s new episode currently airing on BBC Three.

So if there’s any burning issues you’d like to discuss with a homeless tomcat, head over here at 11pm. In the meantime enjoy watching Embarrassing Bodies’ Doctor Christian who’s cameoing on tonight’s programme!

You can also catch Marion on Scott Mills’ Radio 1 show, broadcast earlier today, and now available on iPlayer.

Scribblings Competition #6: Get Your Oxford Wristbands!

28 Nov

© Canongate Books Ltd.

As many of you have already spotted, Oxford is the next destination to receive a visit from Noel Fielding and Dave Brown as part of the of their mission to get the UK scribbling.

Noel and Dave will be appearing at Waterstones Broad Street on Saturday 3rd December to celebrate the release of Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton. They’ll be painting a canvas on the first floor from 12noon, followed by a signing in the shop from 2pm. 300 wristbands will be available for the signing, with the first 50 wristbands given access to the painting session. Wristbands will be handed out from the store at 9am on Saturday.

…or you can win one!

Because those people at Canongate Books are so lovely, they’ve paired with us again to give you the chance to win wristbands for this Saturday’s event in Oxford. We are offering 5 readers guaranteed access for them and a friend to the signing on 3rd December, and one signed copy of the book!

At 7pm on Wednesday evening (November 30th), we will post a question on the site – and the first 5 people to respond in a comment with the correct answer will win – so get your fingers hovering over your keyboards at 7pm on Wednesday to be in with a chance to win!!

If you are a winner you will be notified as soon as possible and we will need a valid email address, which you can send to submit@thevelvetonion.com

In the meantime, you can order a copy of the book from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now for just £9.00! (RRP £19.99).

Due to legal reasons, we regret to announce that our competitions will only be open to UK residents. Naturally, if the book is released outside the UK at a later date, we will endeavour to offer prizes to other territories if possible.

A Golden Afternoon In Soho

28 Nov

A chilly autumnal afternoon in a historic square in London’s Soho. A giant billboard, a row of easels and paints, Tudor minstrels, a breakdancing techno-hedgehog, and a shambleton in a yellow boiler suit. Plus the obligatory enthusiastic collection of black and neon madcap fans. It must be another Scribblings event!

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This weekend witnessed the fourth signing/painting event to mark the launch of Noel Fielding’s art book The Scribblings of A Madcap Shambleton, following similar events in Oxford Street, Edinburgh and Manchester.

© Mog

The magnificent Tudor Units provided medieval musical accompaniment to Noel Fielding’s live billboard painting. The painting session offered a great opportunity to see Noel’s creativity in action, as he alternated between hurling pots of paint across the vast canvas, standing back to ponder what should come next, then diving straight back in to daub colour upon colour upon colour.

This was accompanied by what can best be described as improvised stand-up as Noel chatted to the assembled crowd, bantered with the demonstrative front row and guided us through the primary-coloured world he was creating in paint.

Noel was ably assisted throughout all of this by Dave Brown, who also treated the crowd to an impressively energetic breakdancing interlude (resulting in a grazed forehead).

Afterwards books were signed, gifts shared, photos taken, hugs given and received and songs sung. We danced to woodwind solos to stay warm. It’s a testament to how entertaining the afternoon was that people only noticed the cold as darkness fell and the last of the queue reached the signing table. As ever, Noel and Dave were touchingly appreciative of the fans who had come, thanking everyone for waiting in the cold all afternoon (as they themselves shivered in their boiler suits!).

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As everyone  hurried off to thaw out, clutching their signed goodies and precious photos – and with grins stretched across their faces, it was clear no one had minded the cold one bit.

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This is just a small selection of the photos that we took; more are available on our Flickr page – where we will be hosting photographs from events we’ve covered past and present, and where YOU lovely folk can submit your own photographs too! Just click on the image below to check them out…

Keep a look out for our film of the Soho painting event and more new photos – coming very soon!

Five From Mongrels

27 Nov

Five clips from Episode Five of the new series of Mongrels have been posted online ahead of its première tomorrow evening.

In them, we meet a depressed chimp with murderous intentions, Natasha Hamilton’s pet chiuaua, Kali’s new gang and Marion’s arch nemesis.  You can see all five clips below.

The episode will air at 10:30pm on BBC Three, right after Joey Page joins Noel Fielding on Never Mind The Buzzcocks over on BBC2 at 10pm.  Previous episodes from Series 2 are still available on iPlayer, with Series 1 on dvd and blu-ray for sale in The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

10% Downloaded

27 Nov

© Hayden Black

Fans of Goodnight Burbank will be pleased to see that you can now get 10% off any download until Monday!

As we mentioned previously, the award-winning show is now available in glorious HD for you to download and keep, so what are you waiting for? Click here to go to the Goodnight Burbank webpage, click on the big red button and enter the code CyberMonday when you check out.

Get Rich This Sunday!

26 Nov

© The Velvet Onion

If you find yourself in London tomorrow evening without plans head on over to the Wilmington Arms in Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell. Rich Fulcher has just announced that he will be appearing as part of the venue’s improv night!

The Wilmington Players are one of the only groups in the UK performing Chicago style long-form improv, every Sunday. They take an audience suggestion and improvise an entire story around it, weaving in vignettes and a host of improvised characters that slip between scenes. Sounds good? Sounds unpredictable? Now just imagine adding Rich to the mix…

Tickets for the show are £4 on the door and doors open at 6.30pm (show starts 7pm). Go on, it’ll set you up nicely for the week ahead.

The Reprisalizer

26 Nov

© Matthew Holness

Our attention has been drawn to a new website called The Reprisalizer featuring “The violent paperback worlds of Terry Finch”

On closer inspection the website turns out to be the work of Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace writer and star Matthew Holness.

The site is dedicated to The Reprisalizer, real name Bob Shuter,  who became a vigilante in Kent to avenge his brother in a series of books by Terry Finch. There is also mention of Terry’s series of ‘Draw‘ books, about Kirk Draw, a Civil War veteran. Terry doesn’t write these books now due to legal action!

The attention to detail on the whole site is amazing, with a fanzine, reproductions of the book covers and some of the stories and a full history. It is obviously still a work in progress as we are promised e-books and podcasts are coming soon. There is also a blog tag, ready for blogging.

If you can’t wait to read all about Terry and his creations click here, but be warned, you may be there for some time!

And don’t forget you can see Matthew Holness in the new series Life’s Too Short on BBC2, Thursday at 9.30pm.

The Modern Family Man

26 Nov

© Ellis Parrinder

Charlie Condou is a familiar face to the Booshdom through his memorable role as Jonatton Yeah? in the television series Nathan Barley, written by Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker.

A man of many trades, Condou has started writing a weekly column for The Guardian ever since the beginning of October. The column titled “The Three of Us” follows Charlie’s normal family life – a family with two dads and one mum. Even in the modern society we live in, this is something many people are still confused by but as Condou explains it –  “our arrangement might look unusual from the outside but, for the three of us, it has always been simple.”

The actor continuously manages to show that what is important is not the arrangement – but the parenting. His column is compelling and shows that the real-life problems of parenting are universal and have nothing to do with how a family looks. Instead, we get the image of a loving family, pride and adjusting to the coming inclusion of yet another little family member.

Now, this is not primarily a column about gay issues but those are definitely discussed. For instance, Charlie talks about the normal assumptions gay parents have to face in society but furthermore, he brings this to another level as he also brings up the assumptions that other gay parents make. As Condou discusses surrogacy, sperm donation and co-parenting, he hits the nail on the head when he concludes that “the biological link is far from the most important aspect of being a parent”. Moreover, in one of his later columns Charlie cleverly deals with a homophobic tirade published in the Irish Independent (a tiresome yarn about why gay parenting is a great evil in which the author never proves how or why).

© Graham Turner / The Guardian

As we all know, sexuality is always a hot topic of discussion – no matter where you look. Condou’s great strength is that he gives the reader a fresh and intimate view on the inner workings in a modern family as well on parenting in general, making his written words a pleasure to read.

We at The Velvet Onion want to encourage you to read Charlie’s fantastic weekly column which you can find at the Guardian’s website

You can also see Charlie Condou as Marcus Dent in Coronation Street and follow him on Twitter. Moreover, please take a moment to look at Diversity Role Models, a charity Condou works with that goes into schools to talk about bullying and homophobia.

Even Freer Fulcher

25 Nov

Last week, we told you about Rich Fulcher in the Freesat TV ad and now there are some extra goodies online!

Freesat has uploaded some hilarious extras to complement the final ad. In these videos Rich Fulcher’s character Lance Wormwood, the travelling salesman, is trying to sell products such as the Gravitational Determinator, the Whisk n Time and the Torch Plunge.

The description field says “Freesat said no, will you say yes?!” and it really can’t get more tempting than that. Will you be the next customer at Ding Dong Galactic? Watch the five videos below to find out.

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Give Us Boutique IAMX

25 Nov

© IAMX

Get your wallets and credit cards ready – new IAMX merchandise has been released!

Most IAMX fans have probably spent a significant amount of time over at Boutique IAMX, looking at all the pretty things and wishing they had it all. Well, we have good and bad news for all of you… The good news is that the boutique will be filled to the brim with new items from November 26th onwards.

Fans will be able to find new items such as badges, posters, t-shirts and hoodies (and more!) to complement the already existing assortment. The highly sought-after IAMX rings will also be available for purchase so if you’ve had your eye on those, this is your chance!

Head on over to Boutique IAMX to look at all the new pretty and shiny things. Boutique IAMX ships worldwide so don’t let geography stop you.

Oh and the bad news?… Your bank account might hate you after your visit.

The Joy Of Sketch

24 Nov
© Anna Crilly & Katy Wix

Horrible Histories star Katy Wix will be appearing with her comedy partner Anna Crilley in The Joy of Sketch at the Lyric Theatre in London on Monday 12th December.

The one-off comedy sketch show also stars other well-known  acts including Idiots of Ants, The Pajama Men, The Penny Dreadfuls and TVO favourites Late Night Gimp Fight.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30, are £16.50 and more details about tickets and the event can be found here.

Page etc

24 Nov

Joey Page is due to gig at the Etcetera Theatre in London on December 1st!

This young comic invites you into his world to see Sparklehorse Superbrain – the show which was last taken to Edinburgh and is now back to astound once more.

Along with Joey, you can catch Luke McQueen, amongst other guests for a night to remember. Tickets are available right here and we can’t recommend highly enough for you to go and check him out!!

If you’re still undecided, you can have a read of our profile of Joey and also remember that you can tune in to see the man himself on Never Mind The Buzzcocks this coming Monday 28th November! You can even take a look at some clips below to whet your taste buds.


Foot’s Anagrams And Disturbances

24 Nov

A new little piece of comedy gold by Paul Foot can now be seen on Youtube.

Not everyone has the opportunity to see the brilliant Paul Foot in action but thankfully, the internet exists! Foot has uploaded a five-minute segment of him doing stand-up at the Horne Section, a comedy variety show.

While it is not exactly the same thing as seeing Mr Foot perform in the flesh, this video gives you a taste of what he is all about and surely brightens up your day. See Paul perform his unique style of comedy as he reveals some of his supermarket anagrams and shares the part he calls his “disturbances”. What is the anagram of Waitrose or ASDA? Find out below…

For more hilarity,  join the Guild of Paul Foot Connoisseurs to receive his newsletters (you won’t regret it!) over here. You can also read our interviews with Mr. Foot here and here.

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