Archive | April, 2013

Matt, Vic & Bob

30 Apr

Matt Berry has been confirmed as one of the featured cast in a forthcoming new sitcom written by, and featuring , Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

© Ben Meadows

BBC2 has commissioned the brand new sitcom from Vic and Bob, with the working title of ‘House Of  Fools’. The 6 epsiode series will be filmed later in the year for transmission in 2014.

The studio audience sitcom will be set in Vic and Bob’s grubby flat, through which a constant stream of unwanted visitors pass, including lady-obsessed lothario Beef, played by Matt.

Other cast members include Dan Skinner as  Geordie ex-con, Bosh, Daniel Simonsen as  Erik, Bob’s sulky son, and Morgana Robinson as next door is man-eater, Julie.

The show promises classic Reeves and Mortime comedy, complete with uniquely surreal jokes, physical nonsense, daft songs, unimaginable props and impossible situations. Keep peeling to stay posted about the new series!

And don’t forget our exclusive interview with Matt – coming to TVO soon…

Down The Line Returns

29 Apr


Series Five of cult radio comedy Down The Line begins this week on Radio 4.

The show stars the legendary Rhys Thomas as DJ Gary Bellamy, hosting his usual live phone-in discussions with listeners, who just happen to be played by familiar names from classic comedy hits.

Thomas’ fellow Fast Show veterans Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day and Felix Dexter are joined by Look Around You star Robert Popper, Big Train (and It’s Kevin) actress Amelia Bullmore, Citizen Khan writer Adil Ray and another TVO regular (and Rhys’ wife), Lucy Montgomery.

As well as four previous radio runs, the show also spun-off into the much loved, dearly missed tv series Bellamy’s People in 2010, featuring the same cast.  Previous seasons of the radio show have also included other well known guest stars such as Kevin Eldon, Matt Lucas and Catherine Tate, so stay tuned to find out if any more big names turn up unannounced.

The show airs on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm on Radio 4, and will be available on iPlayer shortly after transmission.  The first three series have also been made available on cd, and whilst Series 1 is currently out of print, you can pick up Series 2 and Series 3, alongside Bellamy’s People from the TVO Amazon Store now.


29 Apr

© Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

Hunderby collected another award last night at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

The period comedy from the mind of Julia Davis aired its first series on Sky Atlantic last year, and became an instant critical darling and audience favourite – which is no small surprise when you consider how many TVO links it features!

Co-written by Barunka O’Shaughnessy, the series starred Davis alongside Rufus Jones, Kevin Eldon, Alex McQueen, Alex Roach, Rebecca Staton and How Not To Live Your Life star Daneil Lawrence Taylor.

It was also narrated by Julian Barratt and featured cameo appearances by Princes In The Tower too, as well as being produced by the wonderful folk at Baby Cow Productions.

The show is set to return in the unspecified future for a second run, and last night picked up yet another gong: the award for “Writer – Comedy”.

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No photographs of the team have been released by Bafta, sadly, though Kevin Eldon was on hand to present the award for “Photography – Factual” to Steve Robinson for Amish: A Secret Life.

Rhys Thomas was also nominated as Breakthrough Talent for his stunning documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, but unfortunately lost out to the rather talented Tim Whitnall (former star of CITV classic Mike & Angelo!) who wrote a docudrama which also featured Mercury – Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story. Rhys can console himself, however, with the news that his documentary has also been nominated this week for the Rose D’or, which will be held in Brussells on May 30th.

Hunderby and The Great Pretender are both available to buy now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

It’s Kevin: The Grand Finale

28 Apr

Here’s a timely reminder that you can see Episode 6 of It’s Kevin tonight at 10.30pm on BBC2.

Kevin Eldon‘s hotly-anticipated sketch show has been garnering rave reviews from the world of comedy (and beyond) since it first appeared on our screens a couple of months ago. To whet your whistle for later, here’s this week’s preview clip, in which Kevin talks about fostering a ghost.  Sunday evening’s just won’t be the same from next week…


For more from It’s Kevin, including previous weeks’ episodes in full, visit the show’s site here.

The Wrath Of Ken

28 Apr

More Brain Sucking action from the Multiverse gang. This week Roger and Brenda meet Ken, leader and only member of The Resistance, except for his broom.

With a message from the Prime Minister (Alex Kirk) and cameos from husband and wife duo Waen Shepherd and Katy Derby as hapless tourists, this is another great installment from Bob PipeJames WrenPhil Whelans and the team.

There’ll be more next week, and you can check out previous episodes here.

Own A Piece Of Kill List

27 Apr

A unique piece of movie memorablia has just come on the market – and fans of Ben Wheatley’s killer flick Kill List had better start saving up now!

© Rook Films

The hit car from the film, as driven by Jay & Gal (Neil Maskell & Michael Smiley), is on sale for £10,000. Yes, you read that correctly! The silver Vauxhall Astra is signed by Wheatley and his wife, Amy Jump, (who co-wrote Kill List), and comes with full service history and ownership documents.

For more information about this unqiue piece of modern movie history (or to purchase it)  visit Rook Films website.

Ayoade Gets Animated

26 Apr

Richard Ayoade of Submarine, The IT Crowd, and The Mighty Boosh fame, will voice a part in Strange Hill High, a CBBC series that has been commissioned for 2013.

The series was created by Josh Weinstein, (Futurama, Simpsons) and is filmed using a new technique that includes, vinyl puppets, stop motion, cgi, and movie-style lighting and effects. Strange Hill High chronicles the mystery solving adventures of Doc Brown ( Ben “Doc” Brown), and his two best friends, Becky Butters, (Emma Kennedy), and Templeton (Richard Ayoade). New kid Doc, confident Becky, and nerdy Templeton, get to the bottom of the other-worldly happenings that take place at the school.

13 episodes have been commissioned for the first series, and additional episodes have been requested for season 2, before the first series has even premiered.

As per his usual, Richard Ayoade’s new project is current, interesting, and sure to gain the attention of viewer’s everywhere.

Look for Strange Hill High on CBBC this spring.

Sunday Highs & Lowes

26 Apr

© Dave Brown/Afrikids

This Sunday you can see Alice Lowe as part of a panel which will be battling to establish whether the UK or US is funnier when it comes to comedy.

The event is part of the Sundance Festival, currently taking place in London (25-28th April). In a debate to establish who is funnier and why, a group of UK and US actors, comedians and filmmakers unpeel the layers and explore what’s behind the American and British approaches to of humour.

The panel features comedian, author and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me), writer, director and actress Lake Bell (In A World…), and our very own Alice Lowe.

Entitled ‘Senses of Humor/Humour’ the event takes place at 3pm this Sunday. For more information and tickets click here.

On a slightly different, but related, note DJ/singer Peaches will be performing live as part of the festival TODAY (26th April). Some of you may recall her as one of the highlights of the Boosh Festival in 2008, so she deserves a shout-out here. For more information and to purchase tickets for Peaches’ show head on over  here.

For more information about Sundance and the festival schedule take a look at this. 

2 Degrees Of Psycho Delia

26 Apr

© Emmett Green / Dee Plume

You can now go completely bonkers for Psycho Delia‘s new single 2 Degrees Of Separation.

Psycho Delia’s new single 2 Degrees Of Separation is available to listen to on SoundCloud right now before it’s officially released on May 27th. You are allowed to press repeat how many times you want, and we highly advise you to get up and shake what your mama gave you.

There’s also an incentive for the musically inclined peelers because Dee Plume has announced that the person that does the best cover of the single will win a t-shirt, handmade by the Psycho herself.

You can also delve deeper into the mind of the kooky Robots In Disguise singer by heading over to the Pretty On The Inside Blog to read a recent Q&A that includes answers to questions such as “what is the best advice you have ever received?”.

Don’t forget that you can see Psycho Delia perform live at LottaRox’s London Summer Festival on May 2nd, which you can read about here.

Reality Is Outside For Page

25 Apr

© Dave Brown

Joey Page will be doing a warm-up gig at the Etcetera Theatre in London.

The comedian is returning to Camden’s Etcetera Theatre on Tuesday, April 30, to do a warm-up gig for his upcoming Edinburgh show. True to his general aesthetic, the show is titled Reality Is Outside, Paradise Is In Your Brain and is described as  “surreal and inventive humour featuring offbeat characters and flights of fancy.”

The evening promises magical humour so why not take the change to escape the dull monotony of everyday life?  It’s a right bargain, just £5, and you can book your ticket now over yonder.

Katie’s Book Group

25 Apr

© Katy Brand

On Wednesday 8th May, Katie Brand brings her Book Group Live to The Tabernacle in London. Joining Katie will be Miranda Hart and Emma Kennedy, who will read from their own books and discuss their favourite works of literature.

There will also be a Q&A session, when you can quiz the ladies about novels and writing.

Included in the £15 ticket price is a digital edition of Katy Brand’s new book, Brenda Monk is Funny, (available when the book is published) along with your actual name printed in the thank-you list.

Doors open at 6.30pm, and the show is from 7pm to 8.30pm, strictly over 18s only.

The Tabernacle is located at 35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY, and you can find more details about the event here.

Go Wild For Ralfe Art

25 Apr

© Ralfe Band

Ralfe Band fans now have the opportunity to see Oly Ralfe‘s paintings in person!

Oliver Ralfe will have ten of his paintings on show down in Oxford at the restaurant and café Oxfork. The paintings will be on exhibit until the end of April and keen minds can ogle Ralfe’s art while enjoying drool-worthy food such as stuffed organic lamb, garlic frittata and lemon and orange tart.

Furthermore, Ralfe Band’s new album Son Be Wise, featuring artwork by Oly, will be released on June 3rd with their new single Come On Go Wild out now. The band is currently on tour with I Am Kloot with three shows remaining in  Leicester, Holmfirth and Liverpool before they go on tour with Alessi’s Ark.

You can get the full show schedule on Ralfe Band’s facebook events page as well as more information regarding Oly’s art.

Don’t miss out and don’t fork-get to download the new single on iTunes!

Your Chance To Ask Noel

24 Apr

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It’s been a bit quiet on the Noel Fielding front of late. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be missing Noel’s occasional twitter-based intrusions into your life. So wouldn’t it be nice to have the opportunity to find out what he’s been getting up to of late? To ask him what he’s being busy doing? Well now you can!

To mark the occasion of his impending landmark birthday Noel has very kindly agreed to talk exclusively to The Velvet Onion. Given how low-key he’s been lately (give or take the occasional Albert Hall gig), this is a rare treat. What’s more, he’s inviting you to decide what we ask! It’ll be a rare opportunity for  fans to find out what really makes him tick.

Please send us your questions for Noel and he’ll answer a selection of the best ones (we’ll credit you if your question gets picked, of course). The more insightful and interesting your question is, the more likely it is to be included. That means marriage proposals and endless questions about his trousers, haircut etc are unlikely to make the grade. Sorry.

Please write your questions in the comments box beneath this post; only those received before midnight (GMT) on Saturday 27th April will be considered and a maximum of 3 questions per person can be entered.

So get your question-posing creative juices flowing and let us know what it is that you’d like to know. If you’re lucky, Noel will be answering your question next week…

Many thanks for your entries – the response has been incredible. You’re an insightful and imaginative bunch! All questions received before the deadline of midnight 27th April will now be reviewed and a selection of the best ones put to Noel. Entries are now closed.

Sorry, but we’re not able to confirm which questions will be included until the interview is edited; unfortunately not all of those asked will make the final cut. We’re aiming to have the interview ready to coincide with Noel’s birthday, but we’ll keep you posted. 

Please note that questions which have been asked by multiple people may not be credited to a specific individual. 

Please see below for some useful blurb on the terms and conditions of this offer. It’ll hopefully answer any questions that you might have:

Only questions entered into the comments box below this post will be accepted. The Velvet Onion will not accept entries as replies to our Facebook/Twitter pages, comments to any other posts in error or emails to any other email address in our domain, nor any entries received after this time-frame. This is being run entirely by The Velvet Onion and Noel Fielding. A maximum of 3 questions per person.  All entries must be received by midnight GMT on Saturday 27th April.  Offensive and/or obscene entries will not be included.  The questions used in the interview will be selected by The Velvet Onion and Noel Fielding, and their decision is final. The Velvet Onion reserves the right to amend questions and include additional questions. The Velvet Onion reserves the right to withdraw this offer if any overriding issues arise which are outside of their control.

Horgan Runs And Jumps In New York

23 Apr

Sharon Horgan features in a new film, Run and Jump, which premieres at the Tribeca Festival in New York.

The Irish-German co-production, directed by Oscar-nominated Steph Green,  is based on an original screenplay by Ailbhe Keogan. It follows the story of  a spirited Irish woman who struggles to rebuild her family when her husband returns home after suffering a stroke that has left his personality fundamentally changed. She finds comfort in an American ethnographer sent to document the recovery process. Actress Maxine Peake plays the lead part, while  Horgan plays the role of her friend, Tara, in the film. You can see her in the trailer below:

Run and Jump can be seen for two further screenings at Tribeca: this evening, Tuesday 23rd at 8.30pm at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4 (be quick!), and then finally on Friday 26th at 6pm at AMC Loews Village 7 – 1. For more information, availability and tickets click here.

The Tribeca Festival runs until 28th April. Its mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking centre. For more information take a look at their website.

Whole Lotta Psycho Delia

23 Apr

© Dee Plume

Come along to Psycho Delia‘s first London show at LottaRox for her 2 Degrees of Separation single release.

Dee Plume as Psycho Delia will play at LottaRox’s London Summer Festival warm-up at Babblejar in Stokey, where she will be turning up the volume whilst sharing the bill with Native Tongue, who will be doing their first show of 2013, as well as V E E N and many many more acts!

If you want to start off your bank holiday weekend with a bang and be there for Plume’s single release – Babblejar is the place to be on Thursday, May 2nd!

Tickets are a mere £4 and can be purchased over here. You can visit the Facebook event page for additional information.

Remember, you can always get more Psycho Delia action on Twitter as well as her brand new Facebook page.

Colin After Dark

23 Apr

© Colin Hoult

Colin Hoult is taking part in Shambles After Dark on Sunday (28th). Joining Colin for the show at 10.30pm will be Aisling Bea, John Kearns and  Pat Cahill, all presented by Harry Deansway.

Shambles After Dark is part of the Adventures in Avante-Garde weekend presented by Harry Deansway and the Shambles team at Aces & Eights, 156-158 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HP.

The Weekend starts on Friday with Brian Gittins at 8pm and Saturday sees a double bill of Wil Hodgson and Andrew O’ Neill starting at 9pm.

For more information and tickets go to the facebook page.

And just a quick reminder that Dan Clark is at Shambles 16 on Thursday 16th May, more info here.

The Devil Inside Matt

22 Apr


As we mentioned previously, Matt Berry’s new album Kill the Wolf is out on 6th June.

You can get a sneak peek of what’s in store as  the second track, Devil Inside Me, has been released on Sound Cloud for your listening pleasure.

If you like what you hear you can pre-order Kill the Wolf from  TVO store on CD or vinyl.

Don’t forget you can keep up with Matt’s musical happenings on the new twitter profile, Matt Berry’s Music, and there’s a dedicated facebook page too.

New Thomas & Way Podcasts!

22 Apr

© Tony Way & Rhys Thomas

In the past four days two new podcasts from Rhys Thomas and Tony Way have been released. Yes, that’s two. Not one, but two!

Podcast #17 was recorded last week on the day of Thatcher’s funeral, and while they do talk about it for a bit, they soon move on to “other important topics” (as they say). This includes Rhys’ recent trip to Brazil, 90’s TV presenter fashions, their friend’s smelly shirt shoulder, ants, Jesus and more. They also answer twitter and email questions and end up discussing The Fast Show, Fun at the Funeral Parlour and the pitfalls of on location drinking – plus Rhys’ crab induced rash.

Podcast #18 has been released today and follows on directly from podcast #17 where your hosts continue to answer the questions that they didn’t manage to get onto in the previous recording. This leads onto  topics like sit-coms, Only Fools and Horses, documentaries and unseen Bellamy’s People.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask them for future podcasts, tweet @tonypaulway and/or @rhysthomasobe or email them to

You can listen to both podcasts here, or if you prefer your audio experiences via iTunes, then here.


It’s Kevin Again Tonight

21 Apr

It’s Kevin, the off-kilter sketch show by and featuring Kevin Eldon, returns to TV this evening following a week’s absence.

You can catch epsiode 5 out of 6 of the series at 10.30pm on BBC2. And it provides us with the perfect excuse to share a couple of preview clips from the show with you. There’s this ‘Old Wives Tale’ sketch and  also ‘Caveman Pop’ below (spot Adam Buxton?)…


If you missed Episode 3, which aired  a few weeks ago, you won’t have seen Eldon’s rather brilliant Amish Sex Pistols interview. Thankfully someone by the name of ‘Cubelog’ has paired in with the Bill Grundy origonal on youtube – it’s well worth a look!


For the purists amongst you, the full skecth from It’s Kevin can be viewed here.

Matt & Katherine On The Radio

20 Apr


We hope you have all been listening to the new series of Matt Berry‘s surreal psychological award-winning radio show, I Regress, on Wednesdays at 11pm on BBC Radio 4. The latest episode Thunder is available now on BBC Iplayer.

If you keep listening you might have heard Don’t Start, written by and starring Frank Skinner and Katherine Parkinson, as a long-term couple who, during each 15 minute episode, fall out over another apparently trivial flashpoint. You can catch the latest episode here, and the next one on Wednesday at 11.15pm straight after I Regress.


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