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The Festive edition of Never Mind the Buzzcocks will air on Monday 16th December, and will be hosted by Jonny Vegas. Team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding, will be joined by Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Jessica Hynes, Sara Pascoe and DJ Locksmith from Rudimental.
The show will air at the normal time of 10pm – 10.30pm on BBC 2, except Northern Ireland where it airs at 11.50pm.
Buzzcocks will also be on BBC 2 at its usual time tomorrow (except Scotland when it’ll air at 11.20pm), when Krishnan Guru-Murthy takes a look back at highlights from the series, while investigating the claim that there is a missing edition!
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Hayden Black has written a sketch for Rich Fulcher‘s 2013: Mashed show, due to be shown on Channel 4 later this month. You can probably remember 2012: Mashed from last year, also hosted by Rich, featuring material from internet legends like Dan Bull, Rob Manuel, Cassetteboy, and David Schneider. Hayden has written an animated sketch about Justin Bieber, inspired by some of the headlines he’s made this year.
Hayden has been busy as he has also contributed to an anthology of stories about Doctor Who: Behind the Sofa – Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who, which was first published last year. It was compiled by author Steve Berry in memory of his mother, Janet, and is beautifully illustrated by Ben Morris.
A new extended version of the book has been published to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, and again all profits from the book go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. This version has all the previous stories, including those from Charlie Brooker and Rhys Thomas, plus contributions from Sophia Myles, Ben Aaronovitch, John Leeson and many others.
Behind the Sofa.. is also one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013 and is, of course, available from The Velvet Onion Store.
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We have news of three appearances by Colin Hoult in the next few months, so you can make a note in your diaries.
On Monday (2nd December) he will be taking part in Triceratops, with Adam Riches and Nick Mohammed. Billed as “Three Men, One Night, No Dinosaurs”, the show is on at The Invisible Dot 2 Northdown Street Kings Cross London N1 9BG starting at 8pm. Tickets are £7 and are available from here.
On Friday 21st February, Colin is taking his Characthorse show to the Dave Leicester Comedy Festival at The Firebug, starting at 9:30pm. Tickets for this show are available here.
We mentioned a while ago that on Friday 28th March, Colin is appearing at Colston Hall Bristol in Characthorse. Tickets for this show are available from the venue.
We mentioned a few weeks ago that both Chris O’Dowd and Rhys Thomas were nominated for International Emmy Awards, and we are pleased to announce that the 41st International Emmy Awards took place yesterday at the New York Hilton and there were some TVO faces there to accept awards!
Rhys Thomas’s Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender tied with Hello?! Orchestra to win the Best Arts Programming award. His documentary focusing on Queen’s Freddy Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen, has already won a Rose d’Or award this year.
Moone Boy co-written by and starring Chris O’Dowd won the Best Comedy award, fighting off challengers from Brazil, France and South Africa. The second series of the comedy about 11-year old Martin Moone, growing up in a small town in Ireland is soon to appear on Sky 1.
Sean Bean also won Best Performance by an Actor for Accused. to see a full list of winners click here.
As always, if you have missed either of these gems, the Emmy Award winning Moone Boy and the Emmy Award winning The Great Pretender, are available now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.
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We’ve already mentioned that Dave Brown will be signing copies of The Mighty Book of Boosh at Proud Camden tomorrow, but now we can tell you more about what is in store.
The evening starts at 6.30pm when Dave will be signing copies of the book, you do not need to buy the book there to get it signed, so if you already have one you can take it along.
8pm sees the start of an evening of live music featuring Tuner, Owen and The Eyeballs and a DJ Set by Dave Brown, all alongside Dave’s Behind the Boosh exhibition of pictures of The Mighty Boosh.
To take part in this unforgettable evening of music and pictures reserve your place by emailing email@example.com now.
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Rich Fulcher has taken part in a podcast with writer and performer Andy Beckerman. The Beginnings podcast features Andy talking to creative people he admires about their life and work and how they have come to be where they are today.
The lads talk about everything from philosophy to turds, college football, The Air Force, coin collecting and Brown Recluse Spiders.
To hear the over an hour-long interview, just click here.
To see Rich in action, live at Shambles, see our previous post here, or if you want to see him live, check out this post.
David Mitchell and Robert Webb are returning to radio next week in a new 4 part series of That Mitchell and Webb Sound. After a six-year break they are back on Radio 4 at 6.30pm on Tuesday.
As well as Mitchell and Webb the show also stars regulars Olivia Colman and James Bachman.
Further information and preview clips can be found at the BBC Website, and the show will be available on iPlayer after broadcast.
Fans of Michael Smiley can see him live tomorrow or Wednesday, but you will have to be quick!
Monumental, the feel-good, fresh, BBC One Northern Ireland comedy panel series celebrating everything that’s weird and wonderful about Northern Ireland, and beyond, is back for a second series.
Free tickets to see the show, chaired by New Zealand Comedian Jarred Christmas, are available from the BBC Website.
Each show features regular teams – Jimeoin and Andrew Maxwell – and Michael Smiley and Micky Bartlett, plus the teams are joined by two personalities from the world of comedy and entertainment and, every show concludes with one of the special guests receiving a humorous and very special tribute to mark their Monumental status and career.
To see the show you must be able to get to BBC Blackstaff House in Belfast in time for the start at 3.45pm.
It seems that Cuban Fury, the Salsa Dancing spectacular starring Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd, will finally come out, in the UK, on Valentines Day 2014.
A new trailer and poster have been released for the film, which also stars Rashida Jones, Kayvan Novak, Olivia Colman and Ian McShane, as well as appearances by many British actors including Steve Oram, Kevin Eldon and Rory Kinnear.
The film is about Bruce Garrett (Frost), who was a teenage Salsa champion, but gave up dancing when his career was ruined by a rival dancer. He’s now shabby, overweight and has no confidence, but a new boss at work changes all that and he fights for the woman he loves by learning to love dancing again.
There’s no news about when the film is released in the rest of the world yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
Yes, that’s right, you can be the proud owner of the hat worn by Noel Fielding in the TV series of The Mighty Boosh!
The hat and mask – signed ‘Vince’, are part of a sealed-bids auction, held by Tankerton Football Club to raise cash for a new ground for young footballers in Whitstable.
The hat and mask are not the only TVO related items in the auction – here are a selection of some of the lots available:
Lot 1: The Mighty Boosh
The very hat worn by Noel Fielding as Vince Noir in the hit TV series. Lot comprises one black Elizabeth Parker hat and one Colette Elcock Chameleon mask signed ‘Vince’
Lot 3: Lenny Henry
A limited edition Lenny Henry print photo signed by photographer Dave Brown
Lot 4: Vic Reeves
A plate of original artwork by Vic Reeves from his Vast Encyclopedia of World Knowledge. The page is signed by photographer Dave Brown
Lot 5: Bob Mortimer
A limited edition Bob Mortimer print photo signed by photographer Dave Brown.
Lot 15: Horrible Histories
A box set of Horrible Histories Series 1 to 3 signed by the cast
There are also football and cricket shirts, tickets to see Russell Brand live, theatre tickets, DVD’s and books and many other items, many of them signed by the stars of stage and screen.
If you want to take part in the auction, you have to send a sealed bid by email by 6pm on Sunday 24th. Full instructions and details of all the lots can be found at the Canterbury Times Website.
Why not have a go? It’s for a good cause and someone has to win!
Tonight is the night that Crackanory makes its debut on UKTV channel Dave – as we have mentioned before there are many TVO connections, including Kevin Eldon, Tom Meeten, Steve Oram, Alex Kirk and John ‘Willie’ Hopkins.
As if that isn’t exciting enough we have also just found out that Waen Shepherd scored the whole series and Gareth Tunley directed a couple of episodes!
Described as ‘storytime for adults’ the series consists of six half-hour episodes split into two 15 minute tales, told by a guest story-teller sitting in a big comfy chair, a lot like Jackanory in the old days.
The stories are illustrated by live action sequences and animation, but will be dark, comedic, twisted tales written by well-known comedy writers including Kevin Eldon and Jeremy Dyson.
So don’t forget to tune in tonight at 10pm on Dave, and if you can’t make it, the show will be available on Dave on Demand. If you want to know more, pop over to the Dave Website.
A few weeks ago we were all saddened by the death of Felix Dexter, a legend of alternative comedy and a much-loved and respected actor.
The BBC promised a programme to celebrate his life and it will be broadcast on Sunday 17th November on BBC2 at 10pm (except Scotland where it will be shown at 10.30pm).
The programme called Respect: A Felix Dexter Special, charts his life in comedy from a pioneer of black comedy, his early days in stand-up, to the landmark Real McCoy, The Fast Show, Down the Line, Absolutely Fabulous, Bellamy’s People and Citizen Khan.
During this special tribute friends and colleagues gather to remember Felix, including Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Adil Ray.
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Rich Fulcher is back at The Soho Theatre on the 6th December, with another helping of Rich Fulcher and his Fucked Up Friends.
Rich has been in America for the past few months so it’ll be a treat to be able to see him live again. We are promised Tom Meeten and other very special fucked up guests who are to be confirmed. As soon as we know who they are we will let you know.
Tickets for this night of mayhem – starting at 11pm in Soho Downstairs – cost £10 and are available from here.
Rich will also be at the Knock2Bag Comedy Night at Bar FM on 11th December and you can read about that show here.
We finally have the broadcast date for Yonderland, and it’s Sunday (10th November) at 6.30pm on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.
The first two half-hour episodes are being shown, with the next six episodes shown weekly. It will be repeated on Tuesdays and Fridays and the episodes will be available from Sky On Demand after broadcast.
As regular readers know, Yonderland is written by and stars the main cast of Horrible Histories along with Dan Skinner, and is a comic fantasy about Debbie Maddox, a Mum who drops her twins off at school for their first day, and is confronted by an elf with a magic stick at the back of her food cupboard.
The elf transports her to another world filled with carnivorous plants and strange creatures, where she finds she is the ‘Chosen One’.
Watch a clip from the first episode here and a Q and A with the cast there, where they talk about their influences when writing the show.
Michael Smiley turned up yesterday in Ambassadors, which stars David Mitchell as the newly arrived Ambassador to the fictional country of Tazbekistan and Robert Webb as his second in command, Deputy head of mission.
Mr Smiley plays Mr Jackson, a legendary Foreign Office interrogation specialist, who has been sent to ‘vet’ all embassy staff to check they haven’t been spying. He is not popular with the embassy staff but a great hit with the Tazbek secret service, who all know his reputation.
The show also stars Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfayden and a great ensemble cast as the various characters from both inside and outside the Embassy.
Unfortunately last night’s episode was the final one, but luckily all three episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer for the next 6 days, and the DVD of the series is available to pre-order in our TVO Store.
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Count Arthur Strong is out and about a lot this month!
As well as his appearance at The Ballet School on Wednesday, he was on Loose Ends on Radio 4 on Saturday, entertaining Clive James with his exploits and incidents that have happened during his long career. You can catch-up with the show on the BBC iPlayer until Monday 11th November – The Count arrives at 17.39.
If you can’t go and see The Count live on Wednesday, he’s appearing at Ealing Town Hall on Friday 29th November at 7.30pm – doors 7pm, as part of the Chortle Comedy Book Festival, when he will give a rare live interview about his life and times and his autobiography Through It All I’ve Always Laughed.
Tickets for this unique event are available here.
Remember you can still catch up with clips from Count Arthur Strong on the BBC Website, and the DVD is available at our TVO Store, with special feature Behind the Moustache – The Story of Count Arthur Strong.
Count Arthur Strong will be appearing at The Royal Ballet School on Wednesday November 6th at 7.30pm.
He will be in conversation with Tim Arthur and answering audience questions, before signing copies of his latest novel Through It All I’ve Always Laughed : Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong, the first in what he believes will be a six volume collection of his memoirs.
You can buy tickets (£5.50) for this exclusive event here.
Remember you can still catch up with clips from Count Arthur Strong on the BBC Website. The DVD is, of course, available at our TVO Store, with special feature Behind the Moustache – The Story of Count Arthur Strong.
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Matt Berry was a guest on The Matt Edmondson Show on BBC Radio 1 today to talk about his new show Toast of London. They discussed why the show is on at 10.35pm, the ‘Brucie’ make-up and whether any of the incidents that happen to Toast are based on Matt’s acting experiences.
Matt B also gave Matt E some voiceover tips and they talked about Matt’s other acting work including The IT Crowd final episode. They also played a round of the inexplicably named Pie Tennis, where the winner gets to make one tweet from the losers Twitter account! You’ll have to listen to find out who wins.
To hear the show for yourself, head over to the BBC iPlayer, if you’re desperate to hear Matt, he arrives at 1 hour and 44 minutes.
The next episode of Toast which is titled Afternoon Tea, is on tonight on Channel 4 at 10.35pm and will be available on 4OD soon afterwards.
The full series DVD is available to preorder now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, for just £12.74, and is scheduled for release on November 25th.
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Film4 are showing Ben Wheatley‘s A Field in England and Kill List, as part of The Dark Arts Season which runs from Tuesday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November – “six nights of cinema that will steal your soul”.
The season crosses with the BFI GOTHIC season which runs from October to January.
Kill List will be shown at 12.30am on Saturday 2nd November, and A Field in England will follow at 11pm on the same day.
For a full list of films and more information on The Dark Arts Season and the GOTHIC Season click here.