Archive | March, 2013

Kaye’s Collective Works

31 Mar
© Paul Kaye

© Paul Kaye

The ever in-demand Paul Kaye will be bringing a selection of his paintings to London’s West Bank Gallery later this month, and the highly versatile star has a number of other intriguing projects in development.

TVO readers may know of Paul from his appearances in Mongrels, Pulling and seminal cult classic Strutter – or his dramatic roles in everything from Two Thousand Acres Of Sky to Being Human and Stella. He will soon be wowing audiences as Thoros of Myr in smash hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones (which returns this weekend), but there’s a lot more to Kaye than you may realise.

With a background in graphic design in the days before he shocked showbiz as crass reporter Dennis Pennis, it’s only natural that Kaye is a gifted artist, and he’ll be exhibiting a selection of his paintings at London’s West Bank Gallery at the end of the month as part of The Collective.

His work, which is as colourful and anarchic as one would expect from such a charismatic talent, will be joining that of artists Kimberley Thomas, Hjordis Folgelberg, Dan Johnson, Tracey Taylor and Lance Tilbury – with private viewing on Tuesday 23rd April, and the show open to the public until Tuesday 30th April.

© Paul Kaye

Paul has also been in touch about his various up & coming projects, and whilst it’s early days, we can’t help but tease you with titbits about them.  He’s currently filming a BBC drama about a 19th century whaling voyage in Malta called The Whale – allowing that impressive beard he’s grown a little more time in the spotlight!

This follows his appearance in forthcoming thriller Blackwood – starring Sophia Myles, Ed Stoppard and Russell Tovey, which is currently in post-production for release later this year.

Most intriguingly, the former rock star (he achieved cult fame in We Are Pleb and TV Eye in the late 80s/early 90s), has formed a new musical project called Zang along with fellow actor Marc Warren and long-standing collaborator Adie Hardy, who he last worked with soundtracking Kathy Burke series Walking And Talking last year.

Zang are currently demoing material, and TVO can confirm it’s exciting stuff – sort of PiL meets Massive Attack with a side order of Bowie’s “1.Outside” period, but still very much its own powerful beast.  We’ll hopefully be bringing you their debut music video in the coming weeks, so stay peeled.

In the meantime, we’ll leave you with this little gem which we uncovered this week having missed it back when it aired as part of a BBC4 documentary on Klezma music last year, which has got us itching for a rocked up version of Oliver! featuring Paul as Fagin.  Enjoy…

Foot In Melbourne

30 Mar

Part of Paul Foot‘s routine from the recent 2013 International Melbourne Comedy Gala has been uploaded to youtube. Now those of us who couldn’t make it down there can now experience his unique brand of funny.

In the clip below he considers the true meaning of the ‘Baby on Board’ stickers you sometimes find on cars. It’s classic Foot – pin-sharp and ridiculous in euqal measures. Brilliant stuff!

Catch Colin On BBC2

29 Mar

© Colin Hoult

Life’s Too Short has an hour-long Easter Special tomorrow at 10pm on  BBC Two. As we told you earlier this month, it features  Colin Hoult as psychic charlatan Bryan Medici.

If you haven’t seen the show before it is a mockumentary starring Warwick Davis as a version of himself with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and a host of special star guests.

According to Colin himself the show is “properly hilarious, especially everything concerning Keith Chegwin, Les Dennis and Shaun Williamson. Warwick Davies is also brilliant and the whole thing is rather sweet and moving as well as funny“, so it seems we are in for a treat.

You can watch the preview video here.

An Early Look At It’s Kevin

29 Mar

As we draw towards the third episode of It’s Kevin, Kevin Eldon‘s BBC2 series, the word-of-mouth acclaim for the show continues to mount.

In last week’s show we got to see Julia Davis as a florist in an astonishing cardigan (check it out here and then you can watch the full episode on iPlayer), and this Sunday’s episode looks to be as marvellously unhinged as its predecessors!  The BBC has released some early preview clips, which you can see below:




The episode is billed on the BBC’s website with the following description: “Kevin Eldon finds out what Neil Armstrong really said when he landed on the moon.” And you can see it at 10.30pm on Sunday on BBC2.

Law On Tour

28 Mar

Following the recent addition of the supremely brilliant Tony Law to the TVO family we thought it was only right and proper to let you know where you can see him perform in the coming weeks.

Here, for your delectation and delight, are details of the performances of his Maximum Nonsense show in the month of April (just click on the links to purchase tickets):

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April 3; The Stand, EDINBURGH – Book Tickets

April 4; Lemon Tree Theatre, ABERDEEN – Book Tickets

April 6; Barbican Theatre B-Bar, PLYMOUTH – Book Tickets

April 12; Lygten Station, COPENHAGEN – Book Tickets

April 13; Rondo Theatre, BATH – SOLD OUT

April 14; Fruit Space, HULL – Book Tickets

April 17; Milton Rooms, MALTON – Book Tickets

April 20; Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, LONDON – Book Tickets

April 23; Colchester Arts Centre, COLCHESTER – Book Tickets

April 25; Glee Club, BIRMINGHAM – SOLD OUT

April 26; The Junction, CAMBRIDGE – Book Tickets

April 27; Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, LONDON – Book Tickets

April 28; Warwick Arts Centre, WARWICK – Book Tickets

Tony will also be appearing as part of the line-ups on Saturday 30th March at the Lounge at Leicester Square (7pm), then at The Pembroke in Hampstead (8.30pm). You can also catch him at the Soho Comedy Club on 5th April. For details of these shows click here.

Having had first hand experience of Tony’s stand up (indeed, several times over) we can’t recommend him highly enough. If you enjoy your comedy with a large twist of clever silliness, then go see!

Hoult’s In Demand!

28 Mar

© Idil Suki / Draw HQ

The continuing adventures of Colin Hoult continue apace as Edinburgh Festival draws ever nearer, and Colin will be bringing not one, but TWO separate shows to this year’s calendar.

As we’ve mentioned previously, the comic genius will be appearing in new show Characthorse (not Charactwhoresas Colin first told us!) which he suggests will be “very silly, very funny and surprisingly not dark” – promising brand new characters to savour.

On top of that, Colin will also be  mounting a fully fledged theatrical incarnation of his fledging Real Horror Show at the Festival, with a top-notch guest cast which will be revealed in due course.  We’re sure there will be more warm-ups in the weeks and months to come, but for now you can book to see the debut of Characthorse at the Udderbelly on London’s South Bank in June.

Before then, comes Colin Hoult’s Carnival Of Monsters for BBC Radio 4, currently planned for a July broadcast.  Produced by Sam Bryant (Alice’s Wunderland), the show will also feature his regular collaborators Dan Snellgrove and Zoe Gardner, as well as his Being Human co-star Damien Molony!

On the subject of Being Human, Colin’s appearances in Series Five as hedonistic vampire Crumb will be available on dvd and blu-ray from April 8th – and he’ll be joining co-star Michael Socha on the bill for sci-fi convention Collectormania19 at Milton Keynes Dons Stadium on May 27th.

All of this, plus his appearances in Life’s Too ShortThe Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains and the forthcoming Pappys tv show The Secret Dude Society make Colin Hoult one of the busiest men in showbiz!  If we can pin him down for long enough, we’ll hopefully be having one of our semi-regular Hoult-grilling sessions on all of this before the radio show airs, so stay peeled to find out more.

The Brain Sucking Begins!

28 Mar

© The Multiverse

It’s here at last! The long awaited online comedy series, The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains premièred its first episode today!

The show is part of the Warwick Davies fronted YouTube channel The Multiverse, and features music from Waen Shepherd plus a host of TVO stars in front of – and behind – the camera.

Episode one features Gareth Tunley as a befuddled Macclesfield parent, Phil Whelans as a pyrotechnical scientist and Richard Glover as his German collaborator.

You can also sneak glimpses of Stephen EvansColin Hoult and Hen & Chickens head honcho James Wren, plus Warwick Davis himself!  Wren has co-written the show with Whelans and Forgery Club head honcho Bob Pipe, who is also on directing duties, and we can’t get enough of what they’ve created.

See episode one below, and come back each week for another episode!

Dan Clark Is A Shambles

27 Mar


Aaah, we never get tired of the wordplay fun to be had with Harry Deansway’s comedy night Shambles!

What’s more, Shambles 16, which takes place on  May 16th, features Dan Clark as part of its line up. Also appearing are  Jay Cowle, Ross Lee and Dan Schreiber

Tickets are only £6 (£6!) and are available here. The show takes place at Aces & Eights bar in Tufnell Park, north London and starts at 7.30pm.

To keep up on news about future Shambles comedy nights pay a visit to their facebook page.

Paul Joins The Game

27 Mar


As we mentioned back in July, the new, third series of Game of Thrones will feature Paul Kaye as red priest turned fire wielding warrior Thoros Of Myr.

The series begins next week (1st April) on Sky Atlantic, just one day after it airs in America.

Series three has more newcomers including Dame Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell, Mackenzie Crook as Orell, Ciarán Hinds as Wildling leader Mance Rayder, Clive Russell as Bryndon ‘The Blackfish’ Tully and Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion.

The first and second series, which featured Tony Way as shamed drunken knight Dontos Hollard, will be available on Sky On Demand from April 1st, and are also available on DVD and Blu-ray, in the UK store and also from the US Store.

Luxury Models

26 Mar

© Richard Martin

As we wait patiently for further news about Series 2 of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, some kind soul has uncovered some fascinating background info about the show to tide us over.

Richard Martin is the model maker whose creations populated the series’ unique visual world. His models include such seminal props as The Golden Needle, used by Fantasy Man to repair the rift in the barrier between YouTube and YouPorn, Ice Cream Eyes’ ice cream eyes, and the frisbee that doubles up as a Greek dipping platter and also has the face of Brian Eno – plus many more besides!

To see the weird and wonderful models that Martin created for the show and to read his comments about them visit his website here. Wonderful stuff!

Editor’s Note: Thanks to oohyeahboomalackaway and funeral-march on tumblr for spotting this.

Nods & Nominations

26 Mar

© Queenonline

The Oscars may seem like a distant memory already, but Awards Season continues apace, and TVO regulars are, as always, in the offering.

The BAFTA Craft Awards were announced this weekend, and comedy legend Rhys Thomas is up for the highly prestigious Breakthrough Talent award for his documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, which shone a candid light on the period between Freddie’s debut solo album in 1985, and his premature death in 1991.

He’s up against stiff competition from Mike Bartlett for The Town, Julie Gearey for Prisoners’ Wives and Tim Whitnall for Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story.

Elsewhere, in the comedy department, Julia Davis has been nominated for “Writer (Comedy)” due to her gloriously funny period piece Hunderby.  She’s up against Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche and Simon Blackwell for the final run of The Thick Of It (which featured Justin Edwards), as well as John Morton for Twenty Twelve and Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan for Getting On.  For the full list of nominations, check out Digital Spy’s rundown over yonder.

Last week saw the Royal Television Society Programme Awards take place in London, and again, there were TVO connections on show.  Horrible Histories was pipped to the post as Children’s Programme by Room On The Broom, but Sherlock – the last episode of which featured Katherine Parkinson and Tony Way – won the award for Drama Series ahead of Call The Midwife and Line Of Duty.  Sherlock also picked up an award for “Writer – Drama”, given to its showrunner Steven Moffat.


However, the big TVO win belonged to BabyCow for Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life – which picked up the nod for Scripted Comedy – so congrats to Steve CooganDave Lambert and the rest of the team!  For more info, pop here.

Lastly, and by no means leastly, the delightful Tony Law won Best Club Comic and Best Show for Maximum Nonsense at this weekend’s Chortle Awards, with Stewart Lee & Richard Herring also scoring double wins.

And of course, as we told you this weekendSightseers picked up yet another gong – this time for Best British Film at the Empire Awards.  All in all, a glorious time for the stars of TVO – and we’re over the moon for everyone winning things!

More Northern Fulcher

26 Mar

We mentioned a few days ago that Rich Fulcher is appearing in Hull in July, and now he’s going to be in York too!

He will perform – with support – at The Duchess in York on 17th July from 7pm. Tickets are £10 and are available here, so there’s no  excuse for Fulcher fans in the North to miss out on seeing the man himself.

If we hear of any more Northern outings for Rich, we’ll let you know.

Love Matters

26 Mar

© Sky Living

There’s a brand new comedy show with TVO connections tucked away on Sky Living later this week – so much so we almost missed it!

Entitled Love Matters, the six half-hour comedies are all about the ugly business of relationships.

The series will be airing in three double bills starting on Thursday evening at 9pm, with Dan ClarkKatherine Parkinson and Daniel Lawrence Taylor (How Not To Live Your Life, Hunderby) on hand.

Clark & Taylor star in Episode One, 30 And Counting, which blurs the lines between online dating and reality in a tale by writers Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe.

© Sky Living

Episode Two, which follows at 9:30pm, is entitled Officially Special.  The episode sees Parkinson as world record official Jo Pepper juggling her bizarre job with her complicated social life.

Later episodes feature the wonderful Isy Suttie, Hunderby star Rebekah Staton, the award winning Sarah Solemani and comedy legend Meera Syal, so they’re definitely worth sticking around for.

For more info on the run, visit the show’s mini-site over yonder, where you can savour trailers, preview clips, galleries and behind the scenes interviews with the cast.

There’s currently no news on a dvd release, but if we hear anything, we’ll keep you posted, so stay peeled!

Hey Globe

24 Mar

© Jimmy Crippen

A brand new song by Hot Brew has emerged online.

Those mystical root-lovers Oona & Crispin Wheatflake, famously captured on film by Alice LoweJacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Films (and TVO!), have passed their latest opus – Hey Globe – on to their good friend Antony Elvin, who unleashed it onto the interwebs via Soundcloud.

In it, they sing a song to their baby ‘Globe’.  As Elvin explains: Globe has been raised genderless to avoid streaming and is probably the most important baby since Moses. Baskets went on sale at John Lewis in 1995. On a diet of flax oil and hummus, Globe thrives and will probably be the next president of Kenilworth.

Well, exactly.  You can hear the song yourselves below, and as soon as we know more about any further brews, we’ll let you know, so stay peeled.

Sightseers On Disc

24 Mar

With Sightseers winning Best British Film at the Empire Awards, and being released on dvd and blu-ray this week, TVO thought it would be as good a time as any to reflect on the film once more.

© Studio Canal

Back in August 2012, TVO teased you all with a spoiler-free preview.  Then in November, as the film’s release drew nearer, we had planned a more in-depth review, but such plans got lost in amongst our blitz of competitions, interviews, location guides and profile pieces.

At that point, we simply didn’t have the time to do it justice, and frankly, we wanted to let the dust settle and help the film’s jolts remain spoiler-free for as long as possible.  Now it feels like an opportune moment to sit down and revisit the film, and tease at the extras available on the dvd and blu-ray releases available now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.




So with a BIG SPOILER WARNING before we continue, we have to admit, it’s time for a confession…  Continue reading

Sightseers: BEST BRITISH FILM Available On DVD & Blu-Ray!

24 Mar
© Empire

© Empire

Sightseers took home the Jameson Empire Award 2013 for Best British Film – and it’s yours to own on dvd and blu-ray on Monday.

The film fought off stiff competition from Dredd, The Woman In Black, Les Miserables and Skyfall.  Yep – the biggest British film of all time at cinemas worldwide was pipped to the post by TVO’s finest, knocking off ramblers, tourists and brides-to-be in a caravan.

Stars Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Richard Glover were joined by director Ben Wheatley and producer Claire Jones at the prestigious event, with Empire snapping Ben post win, as seen here, and Jones delightedly discovering copies of the film were included in the official goodie-bag all the stars were given.

The quartet took to the stage with executive producer Nira Park to receive their award, and Ben announced: “I’m having a meltdown. Someone else do it.”  This forced Steve into action, commenting: “Thanks to the people who work in my local Sainsburys. And Empire, who came to the set a year ago.”  Alice then added a reference to Ideal star Johnny Vegas, who had riotously accepted an award on behalf of Ted earlier in the evening, saying: “I wish Johnny Vegas were here to accept our award; he’d have done it brilliantly.”

© Nick Gillespie

© Nick Gillespie

TVO would like to congratulate the whole team for their just deserved win, and this seems like as good an opportunity as ever to point back to our interview archive with the team from November and December.  If you missed them back then, you can read our interviews with Ben Wheatley,  Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Richard Glover, Claire Jones, Laurie Rose, Rachel Austin, Tom Meeten & Tony Way by clicking on their respective names in this sentence, and there’s still chance for you to download your exclusive door hangers and Banjo posters over yonder too.

If all this hasn’t been enough to convince you to check the film out, then the imminent release of the film on dvd and blu-ray this week should be the final bit of persuasion necessary.

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With two audio commentaries, behind the scenes materials and a blooper reel, the film can now play on a loop in your own homes, and if you don’t want to trek out to find one of the few remaining shops that sell movies, you can get both versions from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now!




Film buffs and collectors should be aware that Sainsburys are stocking a limited edition two-disc version of the dvd (sadly not the blu-ray) featuring additional extras:  interviews with the cast and crew, a B-roll, premiere footage, and TV spots.

For a more detailed breakdown of the extra material on the standard release, and a more in-depth review of the film than we previously offered, stay peeled.

Last week we offered five peelers a chance to win a copy of either format thanks to the good folk at StudioCanal.
We had hundreds of entries, but our five randomly assigned winners were Nicola Ryall, Peter Cleasby, John Taggart, Cherie Nute and Janet Haste.
Thanks to everyone who entered! Sorry we couldn’t have more winners, but there’s always the links above.

Future Fulcher Up North

24 Mar

© Dave Brown / Afrikids

With the UK currently covered in snow (it’s supposed to be Spring FFS!) the Summer seems like a very long way away. But tickets are already available for a Rich Fulcher show in July!

Rich will be performing at Tofts Lane Bar & Grill in Hull on Thursday 18th July. The show starts at 8.30pm and tickets are £10, available here. There’s nothing like forward-planning your summer comedy intake.

Given how rare it is to get the chance to see Rich perform outside of London and LA, we recommend you further-afield Fulcher fans snap them up early!

Berry Aid

24 Mar

Matt Berry appears alongside Peter Serefinowicz and Jo Scanlon in an online video for Save the Children, based on the Monty Python What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? sketch.

The video features a group of people on a bus who are on their way to protest that too much of their money is being given as aid, and want to know what good aid has ever done for anyone.

You can watch the results below.

Own Sightseers Original Artwork

24 Mar

Fancy owning some bona fide Sightseers memorabilia? Now’s your chance!

© Kenn Goodall

Illustrator, Kenn Goodall, is making available the original artwork that was used on the sleeve design of Music Control Experiment Vol:1 – Jim Williams: The Sightseers Sessions – the ultra limited edition (150 copies) red vinyl copy of the original score to the film. Sadly the albums are completely sold out now, but for the princely sum of £120 or £140, an ink drawing artwork from the album could be yours!

Goodall created the images under the moniker of Twins of Evil, his partnership with fellow artist, Luke Insect. For more information and to purchase one of the pieces visit Kenn Goodall’s website.

All That Roy Wore

23 Mar

© Channel 4

Some of our most popular posts are the ones when we’ve told you about the launch of limited edition IT Crowd t-shirts. Clearly IT Crowd fans are also lovers of the humble short-sleeved tee. So we’re guessing you’ll like this:

Boing Boing have recently compiled a summary of all of the t-shirts worn by Roy  across the three series!

Take a look at it here, and get reminiscing…


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