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A while ago we told you that Matt Berry is releasing a limited edition vinyl record for record store day, which is tomorrow (19th April).
Ralfe Band are releasing a special limited edition linocut print, handmade and hand-printed by Oly Ralfe! The prints come with a download code for Cold Chicago Morning and a Field Music remix of Oh My Father. There are only 250 prints available in the UK and Europe tomorrow, and they are all signed and numbered.
To celebrate the event, Oly Ralfe and Mike Monaghan will be playing two free in-store shows:
11am at Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, Wiltshire
3pm at Rapture Witney, Oxfordshire
For more info go to their Facebook page.
Rich Fulcher stars in a new Life Hack, to help when you have to leave in a hurry! This handy tip is brought to you by the folks at A Better You, a new film project by Upright Citizens Brigade founder and star of Veep, Matt Walsh.
The film is the story of Dr Ron (Matt Walsh), a revolutionary Hypnotherapist, who could solve everyone’s problems but his own, and will be mainly improvised. Some of the team behind the film were also involved with Matt’s 2011 directorial debut High Road featuring Rich Fulcher as a cross-dressing Dad. There’s no information yet about Rich being involved in A Better You.
The video is to publicise that the film is being funded by crowd sourcing through the Indiegogo site. There are lots of goodies on offer for contributors; from a message on Facebook for $2, tickets to exclusive improv performances in New York or Los Angeles for $20 (sadly this does not include travel or hotels), up to the $15,000 package which gives you executive producer credit, and a host of other exclusive rewards! There’s more information about the film and the rewards here.
Watch Rich in action below and maybe you’ll be moved to make a contribution to the making of A Better You.
Pond is a new Comedy Blap from Channel 4 starring Lucy Montgomery and Rufus Jones, written by Will Smith and directed by Gareth Tunley.
Described as “an alarmingly accurate insight into the TV industry”, it is a sitcom set in the treacherous world of modern television commissioning, a world filled with bullshitters and arse-kissers.
You can watch the full 10 minute show right here:
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Ted’s Tees, the T-shirt shop for any Father Ted slogan you could possibly want, have branched out into mugs.
So you can now have your favourite brew from a mug with the legend “That would be an ecumenical matter”, “Down with this sort of thing” or more appropriately “There’s always time for a nice cup of tea”, along with many other classic Ted quotes.
You can still get T-shirts and shopping bags as well as the mugs. Everything you need to know can be found here.
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Since The Double was released last week there have been plenty of rave reviews and interviews with Richard Ayoade. Here are a few for you to enjoy:
Digital Spy say “If Richard Ayoade continues in this vein, we could be looking at a director to rival David Cronenberg and David Lynch during their prime”!
The Metro describe the film as “downbeat and tricksy”.
The Radio Times call it “visually arresting and utterly compelling”.
The Independent says “Richard Ayoade’s surreal film makes for twice the fun”.
And of course, not forgetting Mog’s interview with Richard from last week.
The Double is out in the UK now and will be released in the USA on 9th May.
You can now get a copy of the screenplay by Richard Ayoade and Avi Korine from TVO Store, where you can also pick up a film tie-in version of the original story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
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The Bafta nominations are out, and there are many TVO connections to be found.
To begin with; The IT Crowd has 4 nominations, with Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson nominated for Best Male/Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, and Best Situation Comedy, where it shares the nomination with Toast of London and The Count Arthur Strong Television Programme.
Richard III: The King in the Car Park, featuring Simon Farnaby, is nominated for Best Factual Programme.
There are also nominations for Rory Kinnear (Count Arthur Strong), and Doon Mackichan (Toast of London), for other roles.
In the Single Drama category, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Be Right Back, featuring Claire Keelan (Nathan Barley) and Mark Gatiss’s An Adventure in Space and Time, featuring Reece Shearsmith, are both nominated.
A full list of nominations is here, where you can also vote for the Radio Times Audience Award.
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We all know that Kevin Eldon is a busy man, with appearances on many TV and radio shows, but you can also see him live in a number of shows in the next couple of months.
On 17th April you can see him at Mostly Comedy at the Market Theatre in Hitchin, where he will be joined by Bec Hill and Doggett & Ephgrave. The show starts at 9.15pm, tickets are £10.45 and can be bought in advance here, where you can also get more information about the venue etc.
Stand up for Shelter is on 7th May at the Wyndham Theatre. It’s a special comedy night to raise money for the charity. As well as Mr Eldon the participants include Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Zoe Lyons, Sean Hughes and Miles Jupp. For tickets (from £15.00) and further information about the show and Shelter, click here.
We told you last week about Experiments at The Invisible Dot, a new night that “brings together a gaggle of established performers come together to joyously experiment”. Hot Brew are there on 13th April and Kevin Eldon on 18th May.
Tickets for each show cost £8 and the gigs start at 7pm. For more information and to book tickets visit The Invisible Dot’s website.
And if that isn’t enough opportunity to see Kevin Eldon live, he will be joining Shambles Presents: The Norwegians of Comedy at Aces & Eights Saloon Bar on 22/23 May, for two nights only. Lars and Martin will also be joined by Tony Law, Paul Currie and a Special Guest Comedian.
Tickets are £8.00 (a bargain!) and the show starts at 7.30pm. More information can be found here.
A couple of TVO favourites have been on BBC Radio 4 this week.
First off, Katy Brand was a guest on The News Quiz on Friday, with Sandi Toksvig. The topical news quiz takes a satirical look at the latest news. You can catch-up on the show on BBC iPlayer.
On Saturday, Tony Law was a guest of Clive Anderson on Loose Ends, joining Jo Whiley, Paul McGann, Scarlet Page and Danny Wallace. You can also catch Loose Ends on BBC iPlayer,
Tony appears at 35 minutes, talking about his childhood in Canada and how he didn’t start his comedy career until he came to London.
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Matt Berry talked to Stuart Maconi on the Radcliffe & Maconi show on 6 Music recently, to talk about Music for Insomniacs and share some tracks.
During their chat we discover that Matt painted the artwork for the album, and he explained about the album being recorded before Kill the Wolf, when suffering from insomnia himself. You can listen to the interview here.
As we mentioned earlier, there will be a limited edition, two track, vinyl record released on 19th April for Record Store Day, and the full album is out on 19th May.
Remember that Matt is now on tour, see his official site for dates.
The lovely people over at Den of Geek have compiled a ‘where are they now’ about the cast of Darkplace to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show. You can catch up here.
Of course if you are a regular TVO reader, none of it will come as a surprise to you, as we give you regular updates on what the cast are up to these days.
Fans of Darkplace (and who isn’t?), who can get to Manchester, can treat themselves to a live screening of all 6 episodes followed by a Q&A session with Matt Holness and Alice Lowe! The event is on Sunday May 18th from 3pm to 10pm at Gorilla, Manchester.
Tickets are on sale NOW from Grimmfest, where you can also get more details of the event.
Kevin Eldon is helping Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse take a twisted look at the story of BBC Two in Harry And Paul’s Story Of The Twos. The show, commissioned to commemorate 50 years of BBC 2, is an hour-long tribute to the channel’s most iconic programmes and personalities.
Harry Enfield says: “BBC Two gave me my big solo break with Harry Enfield’s Television Programme almost 25 years ago. They have been loyal to us over decades. We therefore felt it was only right that now we should stab BBC Two in the back.”
As well as Kevin Eldon, guest stars include Simon Day (The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, Moone Boy), Rosie Cavaliero (Inside No. 9, It’s Kevin), Catherine Shepherd (The IT Crowd) and many more.
Harry adds: “They kindly asked us to do an homage to 50 years of BBC Two. It’s turned out to be less of an homage and more of a homicide. Whoops.”
BBC Two launched on the 20 April 1964, but with only a few minutes to go before the channel went to air, a power cut affected the whole of west London, so the first show to be broadcast on the channel in its entirety was Playschool, which went out the following day.
Did you know that BBC Two was the first channel in Europe to broadcast in colour in 1967?
To find out more about the show and BBC 2′s 50th anniversary celebrations click here.
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Emily Mortimer was interviewed for In Conversation and it is due to be shown very soon (6.30pm) today on Sky Arts. She talks to Jason Solomons about her varied film and TV career, including Doll & Em.
For those without Sky Arts you can see a snippet of the interview here, and those with Sky Arts need to tune in now! It will be on sky on demand later on too.
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Calling all Inside No. 9 fans! Yesterday’s announcement on Facebook that there would be prints available of the poster of The Harrowing, if anyone was interested, has generated enough interest that the prints are now available.
You can get A3 size prints of The Harrowing poster (as seen above) for £15.99, plus £3.50 post and packaging. Other sizes may be available email Graham Humphreys to order now – firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep informed of further developments on this and other Reece Shearsmith stories, follow his fan page on Facebook.
As we reminded you recently, Rhys Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton were at HMV in Oxford Street on Thursday, to sign copies of the Inside No. 9 DVD, which you can acquire via our Amazon store here.
HMV have released an exclusive interview from the day which you can see below.
Then this morning they were on the Matt Edmondson show on Radio 1, playing the Leave It Yeh interview game. You can catch up with the show on BBC iPlayer. You can hear Reece and Steve at 1:16, if you’re in a hurry.
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Action man Neil Cole is starring in a new film: – Richard The Lionheart: Rebellion, which is a sequel to the 2013 film Richard The Lionheart.
The latest film continues the adventures of Richard (Gregory Chandler), as he rebels against his father, Henry the Second.
Neil’s character is known as ‘Captain’, and he is busy filming in Romania, as he reported on Twitter – “Finished filming such an epic battle scene today, I half expected an ewok party at the end of it” – so you can expect a lot of action in the film!
There’s no release date scheduled yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more.
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Matt Berry was interviewed by The Observer this weekend and spoke about his varied career, some hints on what is in store for the next series of Toast of London, and how he’s inspired by things that frighten him.
Matt told John Plunkett that he got into comedy ‘by the back door’, through his friendship with Matt Holness and Richard Ayoade, who he met while doing warm-ups at Mighty Boosh gigs, and working at the London Dungeon.
We also find out that Toast of London is nominated for tomorrow’s Royal Television Society Awards – along with Psychobitches and also a Broadcasting Press Guild Award, where it is up against Ambassadors.
Click here to read the full article and listen to the interview.
To celebrate the launch of the new iPlayer, the BBC have announced a series of seven original comedy shorts created by and starring some of Britain’s best comedians, who were invited to create ‘something they’ve always wanted to write or perform’.
There was no specified length for the works, as the BBC Media Centre announced:’the comedies are as long, as they are funny’, so it sounds like we will be in for some unusual entertainment.
Of course there is the TVO connection as Matt Berry has contributed The Lone Wolf, with others from our extended family – Reece Shearsmith with Sally Phillips, in an Austro-German medical caper set in the 1940s, Bob Mortimer joined by Frankie Boyle in a ‘demented interactive cookery show’ and Stewart Lee with Boom Boom Out Go The Lights .
The shorts will be available on BBC iPlayer from May 2014.
The titles of all seven comedies are:
Micky Flanagan’s Foxageddon, Frankie Boyle and Bob Mortimer’s Cookery Show, Reece Shearsmith ‘The Case Of The High Foot’, Channel Morgana, Matt Berry: The Lone Wolf, Stewart Lee: Boom Boom Out Go The Lights and Meera Syal’s Bollywood Fights.
The executive producer is Lisa Clark for Pett Television
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Paul Foot was recently asked by Daily Review in Australia about the 5 best and 5 worst things about his profession, ahead of his appearance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
You can read his replies here, but as you can imagine, the answers were not your run-of-the-mill replies that are often trotted out at interviews!
Those of you in Melbourne, or travelling there soon, can see Paul in his show Words at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 27th March to 20th April at The Hi Fi - more details and tickets here.
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Tudor Folk trio Princes in the Tower, are playing their next gig in London at 6.30 on Friday 28th March, and it’s happening at The Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design.
The trio, comprising Michael Tyack, Antony Elvin and William Summers, will be wearing clothes designed by Stephanie Dickinson.
Their appearance is part of Utopographies – a two-day event of work by teachers at Chelsea and a few guests.
Admission is free, and you can find out more about the Space here.
Don’t forget to check out our store for Princes related media.
Dave Brown and Mr Bingo have designed this limited edition t-shirt for the Sumatran Orangutan Society to publicise their Ape-ril campaign.
The campaign is to sponsor men to grow beards and ‘release your inner ape’ during April in solidarity with our red-haired cousins, to raise money for the work – helping to protect critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans and their rainforest homes.
The fundraising pack can be found here – featuring Bill Bailey, who is a patron of the charity.
Get your Ape-ril T-shirt now for the special price of £24 from their online shop, where you can find other t-shirts, books, cute toy Orangutans and DVD’s, or if you raise over £150, they will send you one free as a thank you, so why not ditch the razor in April and make a difference to our orange friends?
And who knows… maybe TVO will go a little bit Ape to celebrate the campaign next month. Stay peeled for more info.