Archive | January, 2013

Give It Up For Comic Relief

31 Jan
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© ents24

It’s Red Nose Day again this year and Comic Relief have announced a special concert, featuring top music acts including Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sandé and Nicole Scherzinger.

Give it up for Comic Relief will be held on Wednesday 6th March at the Wembley Arena in London.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the musical acts will be introduced by a whole host of top comedians, including our lovely Noel Fielding and his Goth Detective partner in crime Russell Brand.
Also appearing on the night are Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Eddie Izzard and Jason Manford and more are to be announced in the days leading up to the event.

Tickets are on general sale from tomorrow, but you can get yours now by clicking here. They are priced at £54.00, but you do get a lot of entertainment for your money and it’s for a fantastic cause.

Get Up, Stand Up With Sarah Kendall

30 Jan

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Sarah Kendall will be tackling the thorny issue of modern-day feminsim in her new solo show at the Soho Theatre in February.

Get Up, Stand Up is Kendall’s first solo show in five years, and in it you’ll see her pushing the boundaries with a more political slant to her act. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, she’ll be questioning the kind of society in which we’re raising girls: a society where educated middle-class women are pole dancing for fitness and fairytales teach young girls to value beauty above brains.

The show runs 5th-9th February at the Soho Theatre (Tue – Wed £10, Thu – Sat £15/£12.50 cocessions). For more information and to book tickets click here.

The Wrong Mans

30 Jan


The Wrong Mans is a dark comedy thriller co-written by and starring James Corden and Matthew Baynton with Tom Basden and script edited by Jeremy Dyson.

It has just been announced that comedy legends Dawn French and Rebecca Front have joined the cast and the show also stars Dan Renton Skinner (Angelos Epithemiou) and Rufus Jones, along with Benedict Wong, Emilia Fox, Sarah Solemani, Karl Roden and  Stephen Campbell Moore.

According to the BBC website “the series centres on hapless duo Sam (Baynton), and Phil (Corden), two lowly office workers, whose menial existence is turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity.”

It all sounds very intriguing, as soon as we find out more we’ll let you know.

The six half-hour shows are currently being filmed and will be shown later this year on BBC 2.

Sightseers Discs In March!

29 Jan

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The incredible, multiple award winning Sightseers will be winging its way to home media on March 25th.

The film, directed by Ben Wheatley and written by its two stars – Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, has been wowing audiences and critics alike around the world – and it’s not hard to see why.

For those of you living under a rock during our recent Sightseers Week, during which we interviewed most of the cast and some key members of the crew, the film tells the story of two nerdy caravanners on a seemingly accidental killing spree.  It’s a blackly comic treasure which also features Richard Glover and has cameo appearances from Tony WayTom Meeten and Antony Elvin!

Now, at last, you’ll be able to see the film over and over again – and you can pre-order both the blu-ray edition, and the dvd version from our TVO Amazon UK Store.  With no word yet on a US release date full stop (though we know one is due any time soon), now is as good a time as any to remind all our peelers that our Amazon UK Store will ship internationally, so there’s no need to wait to see the absolute belter if you’re intrigued.

If you missed them back in November and December, you can catch our exclusive interviews with stars Alice LoweSteve OramRichard Glover and Rachel Austinproducer Claire Jones, cinematographer Laurie Rose and director Ben Wheatley via our interviews section at the top of the site, or by clicking on their names just above these words.  Enjoy.

Picture Preview: Barratt & Hoult In Being Human 5

29 Jan

The launch of Being Human Series 5 is fast approaching, and with it comes a handful of images of the cast in character – including our very own Julian Barratt and Colin Hoult as werewolf Larry and vampire Crumb, respectively.

© BBC / Touchpaper

© BBC / Touchpaper

Both actors feature in the main series image featured above, which we brought you last week – but now the embargo has been lifted on showing you another little glimpse of the two in action.  With each character looking as if they’re up to no good, it seems they will put the new trinity of vampire Hal, werewolf Tom and ghost Alex to the test as the threesome try to stay under the radar at Honolulu Heights.

© BBC/Touchpaper

© BBC/Touchpaper

The six part series begins on Sunday 3rd February at 10pm on BBC Three.  Colin appears throughout the run, with Julian set to guest star in Episode Three.  With hints about characters from Series Four making a reappearance, there’s also a possibility that Laura Patch may return during the run – though we must stress this is completely down to speculation on the part of TVO – we know no more than every other viewer!

© BBC/Touchpaper

© BBC/Touchpaper

You can see the series trailer below, and catch the last two episodes on Series Four on iPlayer to whet your appetite. For more news on all things Being Human, check out the official BBC website now.

Chat Show Roulette Comes To Television!

29 Jan

© Justin Edwards

The popular live character comedy night Chat Show Roulette is to make a move to television, with initial episodes filming next month.

The show, presented by our very own Justin Edwards, is a new take on the traditional chat show format, which first appeared at The Soho Theatre back in June, with the likes of Katy BrandJulia Davis and Phil Whelan guesting.  You see, this is not your standard chat show – all of the show’s guests are comedy performers who don’t know who they will be playing until literally seconds before they appear: their names, occupations and life stories are chosen randomly from containers filled with suggestions from the audience!

Confirmed to appear with Edwards on the recorded shows are The Day Today legend Rebecca Front, and Little Britain megastar Matt Lucas.  So get on down there if you can!  The show records at RADA Studios just off Tottenham Court Road, London – with booking for Sunday 3rd February and Wednesday 6th February now open to applications at SRO Audiences.  Stay peeled for transmission dates as soon as we recieve them.

Chanda In Manhattan & McNeill Goes To Dinner!

29 Jan

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Arnab Chanda is the guest on this week’s Film Fandango podcast.

The regular comedy show which discusses new releases and classic films features Danielle Ward, David Reed & Marek Larwood – all magnificently funny people in their own right.  Their promise each week is not to provide a review show, but instead a meandering movie chat.

This week, David & Marek have been to see Django Unchained and, as their guest, Arnab has brought in Manhattan.  You can download the results for free at the official Film Fandango website over yonder.

Whilst we’re talking about Marek Larwood, you may have seen his recent viral video entitled How To Have A Perfect Dinner Party. If you haven’t, now’s the perfect time to mention it, as his silent guest is none other than the brilliant David McNeill!  You can check it out below.

The King In The Car Park

29 Jan

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In what may seem like the strangest news story of the year so far, Simon Farnaby presents a documentary about King Richard III on Channel 4 next week.

Last Autumn, a skeleton was found under a Leicester council car park, and the news that it may be the long lost remains of the infamous king made headlines around the world.  Tests to establish the identity of the skeleton have been carried out in complete secrecy, with no footage previously made public.  The documentary film-makers have been granted exclusive access of every step of the journey, and in scenes which will be shot just hours before broadcast, the programme will reveal if the body is indeed that of the monarch.

The talents of our favourite Yorkshireman have been called upon to present the show – Simon being no stranger to history, however horrible (pun intended).  Naturally, we’re very excited about this new avenue for Farnaby – and we’ll be tuning in with you all to see the results!

The 90 minute show airs on Monday, 4th February at 9pm on Channel 4.  It will also be available on 4+1 from 10pm that evening, then will be repeated on MoreSeven at 12:05am Monday night/Tuesday morning, and naturally, will be available on 4oD shortly after transmission.

Common Ground Online

29 Jan

Sky Atlantic have launched the Common Ground minisite, in preparation of the series première next week.

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The run of comedy shorts is directed by Dave Lambert, and features the likes of Katy BrandRufus Jones and Paul Kaye – as well as Snuffbox legend Alan Ford, and frequent TVO collaborator Jessica Hynes.

With the first two editions, featuring Hynes, Amelia Bullmore, Hugo Speer and Charles Dance, set to air at 9pm on Monday, February 4th -followed by a repeat screening of Hunderby – the show’s official site now contains clips from the episodes and a series of galleries to peruse.  There’s also this rather lovely trailer, which we’ve included below – alongside a preview clip of Katy Brand in her episode, Eleanor.

We’re currently keeping our eyes peeled for news of the show making it to dvd and/or blu-ray, so if you’re a fan of what you see – and it looks amazing, we must admit – check back for news as and when we get it.  For more info in the meantime, visit the Common Ground website.

New Wave On The Air Waves!

26 Jan

Finally, there’s an alternative comedy contender to the mainstream of Live at the Appollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow!  One-time Boosh collaborator, Stewart-Lee, is curating a new show on Comedy Central, featuring a few of our favourite new wave acts.

Alternative Comedy Experience airs from 5th February at 11pm on Comedy Central. It will offer an eclectic, offbeat cast of comics which he feels captures the ethos of alternative comedy’s early years from the 1970s/80s. Appearing on the show are TVO-related artists Paul Foot and Tony Law. The full line-up can be seen below.

For those of us who prefer a more interesting flavour to our TV-based live comedy, this is pretty darmed exciting – and well overdue! In the 12-part series Lee doesn’t perform any stand-up himself, but conducts brief interviews with the acts. Here’s a trailer for the new series, with an episode guide beneath it so you can see who else is involved:

Episode 1: ‘Value Bastard’ (February 5)
Stewart Lee, Isy Suttie, David O’Doherty, Glenn Wool, Henning Wehn, David Kay, Boothby Graffoe

Episode 2 (February 12)
Paul Sinha, Josie Long, Henning Wehn, David O’Doherty, Isy Suttie, Bridget Christie, David Kay.

Episode 3: ‘Jim Davidson’ (February 19)
Boothby Graffoe, Bridget Christie, David Kay, Paul Sinha, Simon Munnery, Josie Long, David O’Doherty

Episode 4: ‘Paedophile Hair’ (February 26)
Tony Law, Simon Munnery, Boothby Graffoe, Bridget Christie, Josie Long, Paul Sinha.

Episode 5: ‘Rice pudding’ (March 5)
Phil Nichol, David Kay, Alun Cochrane, Andy Zaltzman, Bridget Christie

Episode 6: ‘Danger comedians’ (March 12)
Andy Zaltzman, Eleanor Tiernan, Phil Nichol, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Henning Wehn

Episode 7: ‘Ed Miliband’ (March 19)
Robin Ince, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Josie Long, Alun Cochrane

Episode 8: ‘Shouty bollocks’ (March 26)
Eleanor Tiernan, Henning Wehn, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Boothby Graffoe

Episode 9: ‘Rude words’ (April 2)
Phil Nichol, Stephen Carlin, Eleanor Tiernan, Robin Ince, Simon Munnery, Henning Wehn

Episode 10: ‘Disturbances’ (April 9)
Alun Cochrane, Stephen Carlin, Glenn Wool, Paul Foot

Episode 11: ‘Love me’ (April 16)
Maeve Higgins, Sam Simmons, Stephen Carlin, Andy Zaltzman

Episode 12: ‘Job security’ (April 23)
Henning Wehn, Simon Munnery, Maeve Higgins, Phil Nichol, Boothby Graffoe

MeeBOX Revisited

25 Jan

© BBC3

Comedy legend Adam Buxton has uploaded the full length solitary edition of MeeBOX – the 2008 BBC3 pilot he made featuring a smattering of TVO faces – to his YouTube page.

The half hour sketch show featured a lot of the hallmarks of Buxton’s work from both his early days with Joe Cornish – including his hilarious alien character who has now taken to posting comments on YouTube – and his more recent internet-focused work, which recently found a new home with the brilliant Sky funded series Bug.  

A firm favourite in TVO Towers, the pilot has extra interest level for us by featuring Matt Berry, Gareth Tunley and Tony Law in a segment spoofing nostalgic countdown shows, entitled “10,000 Things That Are Sooo Crap”.

© BBC3

Despite being made in 2007, the show was quietly buried, finally airing on Sunday 22nd June 2008, in a horrible graveyard slot of 11:45pm – a slot also used to discard the brilliant Lifespam pilot six months later.  As Buxton half joked on his YouTube page: “Despite a couple of lukewarm reviews and viewing figures of at least two hundred, The Castle decided did not commission a full series. So hooray for the internet!”  You can see the full show in HD below.

TVO can take this trip down memory lane a little further, as in the build up to the show’s airing, Buxton hosted an evening of comedy at The 100 Club in central London.  This featured the self styled Dr Buckles performing a live rap version of his “Help The Police” sketch from another BBC3 sketch show pilot, Rush Hour, which also featured Katy Wix. Small world, eh?  And that’s made all the smaller by the rest of the acts on the bill that night at The 100 Club: Stewart Lee, David Cross, Glenn Wool and our very own Rich Fulcher, who was promoting the then-imminent release of Snuffbox on dvd ahead of the forthcoming Mighty Boosh tour which began a few months later.  Those were the days, eh?

NME Awards 2013: Vote Now!

24 Jan


You came and you nominated.  And lo and behold, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy is (deservedly) one of the nominees in the ‘Best TV Show’ category!

So now it’s time to get voting, to remind the nation just how darned good it is. It’s up against stiff competition, so head on over to the NME, make sure you’re logged in, and then click on your preferred option in each category to vote.  As well as Luxury Comedy, you can also vote for musical friends of Fielding, in the form of Kasabian and Tame Impala.

You have until 20th February to vote, so go, go, go!

Reminder Round-up

24 Jan

There have been a few appearances of TVO people on the airwaves this week, so here’s a quick reminder of what has been on.

On Tuesday at 10pm the second part of Utopia aired on Channel 4. The show is a dark and enigmatic thriller, with a lot of violence and gore and guest appearances by Dan Tetsell and Simon Farnaby.

Catch up with both episodes on 4OD, and the third part is on next Tuesday.

On Wednesday at 6.30pm on BBC Radio 4, was the third episode of Cabin Pressure, featuring Dan Tetsell as Karl/Otto.



Cabin Pressure is a radio show about the crew of a small airline, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole and John Finnemore. You can catch this episode and episode 2 on BBC iPlayer, unfortunately the radio player only keeps stuff for two weeks, but if you missed the first and now want to listen you can download it here for 99p. The next episode is on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday at 10pm on BBC 4 was the first episode of Bob Servant Independent, a new six-part series starring Brian Cox (the actor) as a Scottish politician. As we have previously mentioned it also stars Rufus Jones as his slick professional politician opponent Nick Edwards.  As always you can catch this on BBC iPlayer.

Crumbs! It’s Colin!

24 Jan

As the fifth series of Being Human looms ever closer, we’ve finally got our first glimpse of Colin Hoult as vampire villain Crumb.



The show returns to BBC3 at 10pm on Sunday, February 3rd – with Julian Barrat also set to appear as deluded werewolf Larry, whose cardboard cut-out you can just about make-out upturned bottom left.   With a return appearance of Laura Patch as goth poet turned vampire Michaela not beyond the realms of possibility, as the show’s creative team have teased for the return of some characters from last year, we really can’t wait to see more!

A handful of press images featuring Colin & Julian in more detail have been released, but these are embargoed until Tuesday, January 29th – so come back here then to see them!  For more info on the return of the show, visit this earlier peeling.

More Sightseers Success

22 Jan

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Sightseers continued its award-winning ways on Sunday by winning an award  at the 33rd Critics Circle Film Awards in London. Steve Oram and Alice Lowe won the award for Breakthrough British Film Makers at the ceremony hosted by Richard Herring.

As we mentioned previously the pair were also nominated for British Actress of the Year and British Actor of the Year. Although they didn’t win everything we would like to congratulate Alice and Steve on another great achievement.

As if this isn’t enough Sightseers excitement, the film is now on show at the Sundance Film Festival. The showing on 26th January is ‘waiting list only’, but there are still tickets left for the 11:59 pm showing on 25th at the Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City.

Free Berry!

20 Jan
Matt Berry

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American Matt Berry fans, take note!  Not only has the talented Matt Berry done a star turn on the hit series Portlandia, you can watch the episode for free On Demand until January 24, 2013!

Portlandia is an IFC original series created by Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney and Wild Flag, and writer/director, Jonathan Krisel. It’s a sketch comedy that takes a satirical look at a 90’s era Portland as seen through the eyes Fred and Carrie. The show spoofs everything from organic restaurants and feminist bookstores, to culture, music, and relationships. It’s inventive; it’s fresh, and it’s funny.

Quite a few notable performers have appeared on Portlandia. Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum, Andy Samburg, and Kristen Wiig have appeared on the show, and musicians Aimee Mann and Eddie Vedder have also guested.  Season three will include Matt, Roseanne Barr, Rose Byrne, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Hader, Juliet Lewis, Matt Lucas, Martina Navratilova, Chloe Sevigny and George Wendt, just to name a few.

Matt appears as the character “Squiggleman” in an episode in which the overly involved parents of a preschooler object to the music in the school’s library.  The parents form their own band to make music for children, and come to successful “Squiggleman” for guidance.  As always, he is a scene-stealer with a strong screen presence, and makes a significant and memorable contribution to the musically based episode.

Check out Portlandia here and get Matt for free On Demand while you can!

Spend A Day With Brand & Davis

20 Jan

If you already have plans next Saturday, we suggest you cancel them. LOCO’s ‘Working Women’, a day-long celebration of smart, funny women on screen, takes place in London on Saturday, 26th January 2013 – and you may very well want to be there!


They’ll be previewing new work from some of Britain’s best women writers, advising men how to write better female roles, debating the opportunities – or lack of them – for women in the industry, and hosting exciting discussions with some very special guests including  Julia Davis, Katy Brand, Inbetweeners star Jessica Knappett, comedian, actress, writer and musician Isy Suttie, actress Caroline Quentin, Twenty Twelve star Sara Pascoe and performance artist Bobby Baker.

Julia will be in conversation with Sky’s Head of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, as they discuss their collaborative relationship over the years and recount the journey of their work together on Human Remains, Nighty Night, Lizzie and Sarah, Julia Davis’s Little Cracker and most recently the award-winning Hunderby.

Katy will be part of a panel hosted by writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes, along with Jessica Knappett and Isy Suttie. They will be talking about the challenges and joys of working in comedy, how they’ve built their careers and what advice they would give to aspiring creatives wanting to follow in their footsteps.

The event runs 9am to 6pm, followed by drinks, and tickets are £65. For more information visit LOCO’s website, and to purchase tickets click here.

The event is organised by LOCO, a  not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to kickstart the next generation of British-based comedy film-makers. To find out more about their activities visit them here.

Audio Awards Nominations!

19 Jan

© Lewes Herriot

Two TVO artists are shortlisted in the 2013 BBC Audio Drama Awards, which were announced earlier this week.

Alice Lowe has been nominated for Alice’s Wunderland and Matt Berry has been nominated for I, Regress, both in the Best Scripted Comedy category. The award will be judged by Hannah Begbie, Bruce Dessau, Christopher William Hill and Alexei Sayle.

Now in its second year, the BBC Audio Drama Awards are intended to pay tribute to the cultural importance of audio drama, on air and online, and are intended to give recognition to the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work in the genre.

The Awards themselves will be announced on Sunday 27th January in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in central London.

Page At Twice As Nice

18 Jan

© Mog

Joey Page fans in the capital will get the chance to see him again this week at Twice As Nice on Sunday.

Joey is headlining the comedy night at The Grove in Hammersmith. Also appearing on the bill are Benji Waterhouse, Joshua Ross, Gabriel Ebuelue, Blod Jones, Bisha K. Ali, Sam Golin, Sam Deards and Piers Gibbon. Phew!

Doors open at 7.30pm for a show start time of 8.00pm. Tickets are only £5 and can be purchased here in advance.

Plus, while you’re there you can take advantage of an exclusive offer of 15% off the A La Carte menu at The Grove Restaurant. Just mention you’re there to watch Twice as Nice Comedy to qualify.

Umbrage Swain & The Magical Diamond Of Ramtutiti

18 Jan

© James Wren

Richard Glover and Neil Cole have joined the cast of a revival of comedy play Umbrage Swain & The Magical Diamond Of Ramtutiti at legendary venue The Hen & Chickens, later this month.

The play is the brainchild of friend of TVO, James Wren – head honcho at the venue, who was involved in our live night last year.  First staged back in 2008, the play – written by Wren & Alan Freestone, is set in the 1980s with the world in deadly peril.

An evil bastard called ‘The Darkness’ is intent on world domination, but needs the Magical Diamond of Ramtutiti to fulfil his dastardly plans. There is only one hope for mankind… A New Romantic hope!

Glover has returned to the cast, alongside Wren, and they will be joined by Cole,  Millie Reeves, Mark Johnson and Marny Godden for the five night revival, between January 29th and February 2nd.  Tickets are available now for just £8, right over yonder, so there’s no excuse if you’re nearby and want a great night out.


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