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Noel & Mike Join The Trailer Park Boys Podcast

26 Sep


Noel and Mike met up with The Trailer Park Boys, who were visiting England for a few days, to chat about life in London, and the best tourist locations to visit.

They also discussed the lack of ice in England and frozen guitar solo’s, along with Margaret Thatcher and Walt Disney. The star of the show is Noel’s outfit, watch it (and the podcast)  here:

Needless to say, as it’s The Trailer Park Boys, the podcast is NSFW.

Two Thousand Acres of Sky: Remastered & Released

20 Sep

2000 acres of sky
Two Thousand Acres of Sky has been re-mastered and all three series can be bought in one DVD set.

The popular BBC drama ran from 2001-2003 and starred Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) and Paul Kaye.

The series revolves around Abby Wallace (Michelle Collins), a single mother living on a housing estate in London with her two young children.

When the education authority threatens to close the tiny Scottish island of Ronansay’s primary school unless more pupils enrol to keep it open, they advertise for a couple with children to come and run the Bed and Breakfast – Abby sees this as the chance of a lifetime.

The only problem is that she has no husband so she enlists the help of her best friend Kenny (Paul Kaye) to pretend they are married so they can all move to the island.

The set is available from Amazon and all other DVD retailers.

Bill – Out Tomorrow

17 Sep

Bill – the long awaited film about the lost years of William Shakespeare is finally released tomorrow (September 18th), six months later than originally planned.

© BBC Films

© BBC Films

It is written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, who star in the film, along with the rest of the cast of BBC’s Horrible Histories (and Sky 1’s Yonderlandto tell the story of hapless lute player Bill Shakespeare, who wastes his life in a band called Mortal Coil.

He dreams of becoming a playwright so moves his family from Stratford-upon-Avon to London, where he befriends Christopher Marlowe, who has been unemployed since the plague closed all the playhouses.

They join forces on a play which they intend to sell to The Earl Of Croydon who has promised some comical entertainment for Queen Elizabeth I (Harry Potter’s Helen McCrory). Unfortunately there is a plot to kill the Queen, so of course the lads get caught up in this.

As well as Simon Farnaby and the rest of the Horrible Histories gang, the cast also includes Damien Lewis and a few familiar TVO faces in supporting roles: look out for Richard GloverJustin EdwardsTom Meeten and Rufus Jones!

Click here for reviews and interviews and you can see the trailer below.

Kevin’s Pointless Celebrities

5 Sep


Kevin Eldon stars in today’s special ‘Comedies’ edition of Pointless Celebrities at 6.30pm on BBC1.

If you haven’t seen it before, Pointless Celebrities and its daily non-celebrity parent – Pointless – is a quiz show presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, where contestants have to get the lowest possible score to win.

Kevin’s team-mate on the show is Citizen Khan‘s Adil Ray. The other teams are Nerys Hughes (The Liver Birds) and Jeremy Dyson (League of Gentlemen); Nigel Planer (The Young One’s) and Doon Mackichan (Toast of London), and the legendary Chuckle Brothers.

Tune in tonight to see who wins the all important Pointless Trophy and money for their chosen charity. If you can’t see it tonight, it will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

Tony On The Wall

26 Aug
© Dave Brown

© Dave Brown

Tony Law will join fellow comedians early next month for a special one-off comedy show on Hadrian’s Wall!

Hadrian’s Wall Live:Comedy Evening with Magna Laughter is actually at Housteads Roman Fort, so the acts won’t be in danger of falling off anything.

The evening is MC’d by Ben Van der Velde whose interest in history inspired Magna Laughter’s creation. Other acts include John Henry Falle and Gordon Southern,

The show is on Saturday 5th September from 7.15pm to 11pm and tickets can be bought by calling the Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

More details can be found on the English Heritage Website.

Questionable Science – With Rich Fulcher

8 Aug

Our favourite American (don’t tell the others!) is back.

Rich Fulcher is Professor Rich who, with his Unfocus Group, hit the streets and interview leading experts to find the answers to some of life’s dumbest hypothetical questions.

There’s a clip on YouTube (below) and the shows are available to stream on Comedy Central but only in the USA.


Sean Signs

4 Aug

A new video has been released by Sean Reynard (aka Sean the Prawn). He stars in the video as Quentin Smirhes, who appears in an excerpt from See Hear circa ’83.

If that has piqued your interest you can see Sean’s other videos by clicking the Vimeo button, where there is a gallery of previous uploads, including Quentin reciting 2 poems from  the 17th and 19th centuries with a twist.

Battlefield Casualties

27 Jul


 Campaign group Veterans for Peace have enlisted the familiar voice of Matt Berry to make a serious point. Matt lends his voiceover talents to spoof Action Man adverts for Battlefield Casualties.

The group is trying to get the minimum recruitment age for military service increased to 18, and the film shows the reality of war for some veterans, instead of the glamour and excitement portrayed in adverts for action figures aimed at children.

From the website – “The UK is one of only nineteen countries worldwide, and the only EU member, that still recruits 16 year olds into its armed forces, (other nations include Iran and North Korea). The vast majority of countries only recruit adults aged 18 and above, but British children, with the consent of their parents, can begin the application process to join the army aged just 15.”

The films are quite disturbing, considering they involve action figures, so careful about who is around when you are watching.

Free Comedy Pilots From Audible

7 Jul


Audible, the Amazon-owned company that sells audio downloads, has created five new sitcom pilots which it is giving away for free. The collection is titled This Is Your Pilot Speaking!, and this is the first time that Audible has commissioned original comedy content in the UK.

Of course if it’s comedy then there is TVO connected people involved!

The five pilots are:

Catching Up – Written by Bronagh Fegan

A sharp yet warm-hearted comedy about what happens after university. Performed by Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, Grainne Maguire and Andy Goddard.

Working for The Big Man – Written by Rob Sears and Tom Sears

Committed rationalist and atheist Ralph gets an unwelcome surprise when he dies on his honeymoon. He discovers that God does exist after all, and worse yet God has a job for him. Performed by Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu and Mitch Benn.

Slaving Away – Written by Miranda Kane

Meet (the other) Miranda. She’s a cheerful, happy-go-lucky single girl in London … who just happens to be a professional dominatrix. Performed by Hugh Dennis, Miranda Kane and Jon Holmes.

The Uncynical Cannibal –  Written by Dewi Llywelyn

This gloriously mad Desert Island romp is what Robinson Crusoe would have been like if the castaway had found a crop of magic mushrooms growing among the coconuts. Performed by Richard Glover, Simon Kane, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Bobby Mair and Sophie Henderson.

The Hub –  Written by Bruce Windwood

Deep underground is The Hub, a top-secret location from which a team of dedicated professionals keep us safe by waging war against Terror, Anarchy and Foreigners in General. It’s just a shame that all the state-of-the-art, counter-terrorist hardware can’t stop them from screwing everything up. Performed by Susy Kane, Alex Kirk, Howard Gossington, Anjella Mackintosh and Joel Morris.

Click on the link to find out more and download the pilots. Once you’ve listened to them, you can vote for your favourite by giving a star rating on the site. Voting will remain open until December 31st when the most popular show will be turned into a full series.

Uncle Matt

2 Jul


Hard working Matt Berry has taken time from his busy schedule of writing, acting and music, to help you with your problems. That’s right, Matt has become an agony uncle for, a website for men, with fitness tips, comedy, music, football and other sport. Click on the link to see an interesting interview with Matt, mostly about his recent work.

Matt is also planning more musical appearances. In September he is joining Steven Wilson for one of two unique evenings of music and art, at the Royal Albert Hall,  Matt Berry and the Maypoles will be there on Tuesday 29th September, limited tickets are available here.

Then in December Matt and the Maypoles will be in York, at Fibbers, on the 5th and London at The Forum, on the 10th. Tickets for these are also going fast and can be bought here.

STOP PRESS! Matt has announced a full UK tour for December, the band will be playing Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Brighton, Bristol and Birmingham as well as York and London! Full details available here.

British Muslim Comedy

18 Jun


To celebrate the start of Ramadan, BBC iPlayer has released five comedy shorts, written by and starring British Muslim comedians. They explore the highs and lows of modern Muslim life, including personal struggles around Ramadan.

All the shorts are directed by Dave Lambert, with costumes by Suzy Evelyn-Hall of DeadDogInBlackBag. Eid Mubarak is written by and stars Asim Chaudry who stars in Hoff The Record.

The mixture of stories and styles means there is something for everyone, and not just for Muslims.  You can see them all here on BBC iPlayer, where they are available for 29 days.

While you are there, don’t forget Matt Berry‘s moving tribute to UK Father’s – Father’s Day, which also features Bob Mortimer.

Gen Zed Trailer Out Today!

8 Jun

The trailer for Hayden Black ‘s ground-breaking animated series Gen Zed is out today.

Gen Zed is making headlines as the first ever animated show to feature a trans actress in a leading role. The series follows 4 disparate college-age people who move in together.

To find out more about the series read our interview  with Hayden from earlier in the year, and like the show on Facebook to get all the latest news.

Brian Pern Live!

4 Jun
© BBC / Rory Lindsay

© BBC / Rory Lindsay

Brian Pern is celebrating his illustrious 40-year career in music with a one-off live show in London!

The founder of fictional prog rock band Thotch and creation of Simon Day and Rhys Thomas, will be Only Live Only For Only One Night Only at The Lyric Theatre in London on Monday 19th October at 7.30pm.

 An Evening with Brian Pern is a mixture of music and chat and also stars two TVO regulars from the TV series, Lucy Montgomery and Tony Way.

 If you don’t know much about Brian or the series or you just want to be reminded of his greatness, then take a look at our interview with Simon and Rhys.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (June 5th) at 9am and cost £27.50.

Count Arthur Is Back!

22 May


Radio Times today revealed that Count Arthur Strong will be back for a third series on BBC1 next year.

The BBC has commissioned seven more episodes of the Bafta-nominated comedy which sees Steve Delaney once again in the role of the eccentric ex-music hall performer, who causes chaos wherever he goes, joined by his long-suffering friend Michael (Rory Kinnear).
The series will again be co-written by Delaney and TVO regular Graham Linehan.

Count Arthur recently released the first volume of his memoirs entitled ‘Through it all I’ve always Laughed’, available here, and series 1 is available on DVD from the TVO Store.

New Thomas & Way Podcast – At Last!

3 May
© Thomas and Way

© Thomas and Way

After an unplanned 18 month gap, Rhys Thomas and Tony Way have finally released their latest (21st) podcast for your listening pleasure.

The lads drink some questionable wine, talk about Doctor Who, discuss the General Election and there’s a surprise guest. They also reminisce about the good old days and generally have a good time.

This latest podcast (and all the others) can be found here.

If there’s anything you’d like to ask for the next podcast you can contact them at or on Twitter @tonypaulway or @rhysthomasOBE.

Berry In Space With Spongebob

3 Apr
© Den of Geek

© Den of Geek

Matt Berry has had a busy couple of weeks.

He is the voice of a space dolphin named Bubbles in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which came out last week and he has been nominated, along with Arthur Matthews, for a British Academy Craft Award for Toast of London, as they are busy writing the third series of the Channel 4 comedy.

They are up against the equally talented Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who are nominated for their inspired series Inside No. 9.

Matt chatted to the Radio Times, The Guardian, and Den of Geek about SpongeBob, Toast and House of Fools, and you can read all the interviews by clicking on the links.

Dolly’s Blunt Talk

28 Mar

As we told you earlier this year, Dolly Wells is starring in Blunt Talk, a new show for starz, starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt, a British news anchor who moves to Los Angeles with his alcoholic manservant (Adrian Scarborough), to host a sanctimonious talk show.

The first teaser trailer for the new series is out and here it is, featuring Dolly and Adrian Scarborough. Looks like they have a hit on their hands!

We still don’t know when it will be on our screens, but as soon as we do you will be the first to know.

Silly Billies Go Live!

26 Mar
© Live Theatre

© Live Theatre

As we all know, comedy doesn’t just happen in London (or Edinburgh).

Our attention has been brought to a monthly comedy night held at the Live Theatre in Newcastle – Silly Billies Comedy is hosted by Jack Gardner and his friend Sam and is “an alternative comedy night that celebrates the anarchic, strange and surreal“, sounds good to us!

The next night is on Sunday 29th March, with headliner Seymour Mace, star of the sadly missed Ideal (a BabyCow Production, directed by Ben Wheatley, with a film version announced).

Support will be provided by Cheekykitta, Liberty Hodes, Joby Mageean and Andy Clark.

The headliner for the next night on April 19th, is TVO regular Joey Page with support from Heavy Petting, Lee Kyle, Adam Hastings and Sean Turner.

The fun starts at 8pm and the tickets are a very reasonable £5, so what are you waiting for?

Tickets and more information about the shows and venue can be found here.

The Vote At The Donmar

24 Mar
© Donmar Warehouse

© Donmar Warehouse

As you probably know, if you live in the UK, there is a General Election happening in May, and The Donmar Warehouse is celebrating this event with “A national television event and a first for theatre and television“. A lot to live up to you might think, but The Vote is certainly on track to be such a huge event.

The play is set in a fictional London polling station, in the final ninety minutes before the polls close in this year’s General Election. There will be two weeks of performances at the Donmar from Friday 24 April to Wednesday 6 May, then on the 7th, at 8.30 until 10pm, the performance will be broadcast live on More4 from the Donmar stage.

There is a stellar cast performing this new play by James Graham, including some with TVO connections – of course!

Among the cast are Nathan Barley himself, Nicholas Burns, who was also The King in The Mighty Boosh, had a guest role in The IT Crowd, appeared in Surrealissimo with Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, and more recently has appeared in Uncle. Nina Sosanga also appeared in Nathan Barley and W1A

Dame Judi Dench was Philomena alongside Steve Coogan, Catherine Tate was in Big Train and Psychobitches, while Mark Gatiss also took part in Psychobitches, Surrealissimo, The Crimson Petal and the White with Chris O’Dowd, Fear of Fanny and of course Nighty Night with Julia Davis.

Llewella Gideon, also starred in Nighty Night, Big Train and more recently the Paddington movie and Crims, which also starred Kadiff Kirwan. Timothy West starred in the first episode of Inside No. 9 and Not Going Out.

Also in the cast is Rachel Denning, who was in the Life’s Too Short Easter Special, Hadley Fraser who had parts in The Wrong Mans and Pompidou, Wanda Opalinski from Cardinal Burns.

Tickets to see the live performances will be made available through a ballot, which opens on Monday 30 March at 10am and runs until midnight on Tuesday 7 April. For more information about performances, tickets and the cast click on this link.

That’s Rich

20 Mar
© Rich Fulcher

© Rich Fulcher

Last week TVO offered you the chance to watch the recording of the pilot episode of That’s Rich – the new sitcom written by and starring Rich Fulcher. For those of you not lucky enough to get tickets, here is our guide to the madness:

Rich owns a junk shop on a run-down high street, with help from his son Alistair who has a business degree, which he is unable to put to any use as Rich won’t have anything to do with new-fangled selling methods like eBay, even though he is running out of money fast.

Other residents of the high street include Rich’s business rival Fantasio, an egomaniacal hairdresser who runs a salon/art gallery; his best friend Dalton who owns a jacket potato shop and is obsessed with potatoes; and Margaret, a community police officer who is determined to find out who owns the car parked outside Rich’s shop, which is covered in parking tickets, and which Rich denies is his. There is also a man in a dressing gown who appears to live in the shop.

With us so far?

The storyline of the pilot episode was original, multi-layered and completely bonkers (this is Rich Fulcher that we’re talking about). The narrative flowed through the show, there was (some) method in the madness, and we were introduced to the characters quickly, so they were believable. The plot involved a cat, puppets, silly string and underwear, not necessarily in that order! There are elements of traditional sitcom in the storyline, but as you can imagine, it has a strong stream of the unhinged flowing through it, which made it much funnier.

The shop set is amazing and the attention to detail was fantastic. We spent ages spotting stuff in the mounds of bric-a-brac all over the set – it looked like a real junk shop. Half of it will probably never be visible on-screen, but it is a work of art.

We understand that the pilot – the first comedy commissioned by Channel 4 from King Bert Productions (the production company set up by Miranda Hart and David Walliams) – is not intended for broadcast, but if it gets made into a series – which it really should be – we will let you know.


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