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Matt Cuts The Mustard

4 Jul

We reported a while ago, that Mustard Comedy Magazine had produced its last ever print copy, but that it would ‘live on’ in other forms, well the good news is that it did!

The magazine is now available as an app on iTunes. The first issue has been revamped and expanded, including an extended interview with Graham Linehan looking back on The IT Crowd, Father Ted and Black Books, plus his thoughts on Twitter, TV vs Movies and the possibility of writing for Dr Who.

So even if you own an original print copy of the magazine, there is plenty of new content to keep you interested. There’s no word on whether there will be an android version coming out yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

Matt Berry is a guest contributor to the magazine and you can hear him and his music in the trailer below:


Rose D’Or Awards Nominations

22 Jun

© Kuba Wieczorek

The nominees for the television, online and radio 2014 Rose d’Or were announced this week, and there are two TVO shows in the shortlist for Best Sitcom!

Toast of London (featuring Matt Berry) and Yonderland (from the Horrible Histories Team) are two of just three nominees in the Best Sitcom category.

Nearly 400 programmes from more than 100 broadcasters and production companies from all over the world were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards, so to be shortlisted for an award is an achievement in itself!

The winners will be decided at the 53rd Rose d’Or Awards ceremony which will be held in Berlin on 17 September. For the full list of nominees, take a look at the Rose D’Or website.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and best of luck to ‘our lot’!


Comedy Shorts Online

1 Jun


As we mentioned a couple of months ago, the BBC have commissioned a set of original comedy shorts, created by and starring some of Britain’s best comedians, to celebrate the new BBC iPlayer.

As we mentioned at the time there are contributions from our TVO family including Lone Wolf – an alternative wildlife documentary, written by Bob Mortimer and performed by Matt Berry and Channel M from House of Fools’ Morgana Robinson, featuring Rufus Jones.

The line-up also includes Reece Shearsmith with Sally Phillips in The Case of the High Foot, a 1940′s set black and white medical caper, Frankie Boyle and Bob Mortimer in an interactive cooking programme in which they are judged by how the show is performing on social media.

Meera Syal’s Playback centres around a Bollywood star and her playback singer – the one who actually sings the songs. and their relationship with each other and the media. Micky Flanagan’s Foxageddon tells the story of a dead fox and Micky’s part in the media circus that surrounds it, and contains a scene of a sexual nature.

In our original post we mentioned a short by Stewart Lee, which doesn’t appear to be online yet. We’ll keep checking back and update you when we know anything.

Overall there is something for everyone and they only last around 6 minutes each, so why not give them a go when you have a bit spare time? Links to all of them can be found on BBC iPlayer.

Wee Paper People

1 Jun

Regular readers of TVO might remember Paper People – cut out and keep paper models of your favourite TVO folk. We’ve just revisited the site and there are many, many more characters for you to cut out and keep. How many do you recognise from the pictures below?

If you can’t wait to get your hands on your own Wee Paper People, all you have to do is click on the website, download your favourites then print and assemble. Assembly instructions are on the site.

If you want something more personal, the creator of all these fantastic models, Sally Grosart, can make personalised little people of your friends and family, or personalised cards or banners. To contact Sally and see the rest of her creations click here.

Music For Insomniacs – Out Now

24 May


Matt Berry‘s latest Album,  Music For Insomniacs is out now, and there are loads of rave reviews around the web,  overall it has been well received by critics, here are a few of the reviews:

NME like the album but are struggling to come to terms with Matt’s music not being like the characters he portrays on TV.
The List find it a bit unnerving in parts. say “it could have been issued by Virgin Records in 1974″ and they could be right!
The Observer are not keen on it, only giving it 2 stars.

It has been well documented that Matt was inspired to write the music for the album when he suffered from insomnia, and Dorian Lynskey from The Guardian has written an article about this, featuring Matt and Dave Bayley, the frontman of Oxford art-pop quartet Glass Animals. You can read The Upside of Insomnia… here.

Matt will be chatting to Stuart Maconie about the album and other things, tomorrow at 8pm on BBC 6 Music. Listen here for a preview clip, where we are pleased to hear that the new series of Toast of London is in pre-production!

Don’t forget you can get your own copy of Music for Insomniacs from the TVO Store, on CD or Vinyl.

BAFTA Wins For Ayoade & Parkinson

19 May

This weekend saw Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson pick up BAFTA TV Awards for their roles in The IT Crowd.

The duo were nominated for Best Performance In A Comedy Programme, in the Male/Female categories respectively.  Parkinson faced off stiff competition from Doon Mackichan (Plebs), Kerry Howard (Him & Her) and Frances De La Tour (Vicious) to collect her gong, which you can see below.

Things were even more heated in Ayoade’s category – especially as he was up against his co-star Chris O’Dowd, no less, as well as comedy heavyweights James Corden and Matthew Baynton for their roles in The Wrong Mans. You can see his typically self-dismissive speech filled with gags and praise for his collaborators below.

Sadly, The IT Crowd itself lost out on the title of Best Situation Comedy, as did Graham Linehan‘s more recent Count Arthur Strong and Matt Berry‘s star vehicle Toast of London - with all three being snubbed in favour of Him & Her: The WeddingNo, we didn’t see that coming, either… but well done to the team behind the BBC Three smash, and to all the winners on the night – which you can see in full here.

Make A Date With A Whimsical Festival

14 May

© Festival No. 6

The strangely-named Festival No. 6, which takes place in Portmeirion in September, features a bevy of TVO folk in its eclectic line-up.

2014 will be the third year of the critically acclaimed festival, which promises an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture in a magical festival site in you will ever see. Festival No.6 takes place over the weekend of 4-7 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales.

The line-up is brilliantly wonky, encompassing the likes of Beck, Neneh Cherry, Rhys Ifans, Gavin Turk, St Etienne, Andy Weatherall, Charlie Higson and Julian Cope – with the promise Philosophy and Stargazing Walks to finish things off.

© Show & Tell UK

Our particular reason for writing about Festival No. 6 is that it also affords you the opportunity of seeing the awesome Tony Law, Katy Brand and Matt Berry perform!

The festival takes place 5, 6th and 7th September, and there are a range of ticket and entry options – which you can see here. For more information – including the full line up and site details, please visit the charmingly lovely festival website. We so want to go!

Fans of Tony Law who also dig interesting-sounding festivals don’t need to wait until September to see their man. Tony is part of the line-up of the Arts Emergency Festival, which takes place 18th & 19th June at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London (he’s appearing on 19th).

Tickets for the Arts Emergency Festival are £20/£15 and you can find out more about the comedy festival for a worthy cause here.

Get Your Wig On With Matt and Kevin

6 May
© big wig gig

© big wig gig

Wednesday 21st May is Wig Wednesday, when everyone is encouraged to wear a wig and raise money for CLIC Sargent, the charity that helps young people and children with cancer.

To celebrate the day – and raise funds – 93 Feet East, is hosting The Big Wig Gig at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane London E1 6OL, from 06:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

Among the star-studded guests for the evening are Matt Berry and Kevin Eldon, alongside Mark Morriss, Cardinal Burns, Liane Carroll and many more, with some still to be announced.

There is no ticket price for this gig, entry is free and you pay what you think it is worth on the night.

To apply for free entry contact

Angry White Man At Last?

4 May

We’ve posted a few times over the years about Angry White Man, the film Matt Berry finished in 2010!

The film, which also stars Steve Agee, Mary Birdsong, and Scoot McNairy, has been shown at festivals and various places over the years, but it looks like it’s finally getting a proper release.

The new trailer (see it below) on Funny or Die has “Coming This Summer” in the heading, so it looks as if a release is on the cards. You can see more trailers and photographs on the official website.

Berry Tour Tees For Sale

18 Apr

© Acid Jazz

The Kill The Wolf tshirts which were exclusively available on Matt Berry‘s Spring tour are now for sale through the Acid Jazz Shop. You’ll have to be quick, however, because these are the last few remaining, and there’s limited availability of certain sizes.

The 100% cotton tshirts, which feature Matt’s face in a mountainous pose, are available in red and olive green and cost £10 each.

To procure yours, visit Acid Jazz’s shop here.

Ralfe Band @ Record Store Day

18 Apr

© Ralfe Band

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.

Bafta Bonanza

8 Apr

© Channel 4

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.

Matt Berry With Stuart Maconi

5 Apr

© Matt Berry / Acid Jazz

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.

Darkplace Live!

4 Apr
© Grimmfest

© Grimmfest

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.

House of Fools to Return!

20 Mar


It has been announced that Vic and Bob’s madcap sitcom House of Fools will be returning to BBC Two for a second series.

The first series starred Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer who were joined by Matt Berry, Dan Skinner, Daniel Simonsen and Morgana Robinson. Set in Bob’s house, the series produced new and ridiculous stories each week and captured the hearts of many of its viewers.

The full core cast are expected to return for the second series, the BBC announced on Tuesday.

Vic and Bob said “We are overjoyed and thankful to our great corporation for their diligence in this matter.” Bob also revealed the news via Twitter:

Here at TVO, we can’t wait to see what the next series will bring!

Matt Berry Observer Interview

17 Mar
© Frantzesco Kangaris for the Guardian

© Frantzesco Kangaris for the Guardian

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.

Original Comedy Shorts

16 Mar


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

Toast Of The Awards

26 Feb

© Kuba Wieczorek

There are more award nominations for TVO related shows, starting with Matt Berry‘s Toast of London being nominated in the TV Award category of the Chortle Awards 2014.

Meanwhile in the Empire Awards, A Field in England is nominated for Best Horror, with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and The World’s End both being nominated in the Best Comedy and Best British Film categories, with Edgar Wright nominated for Best Director, making three nominations for The World’s End.

Click on the links to vote for your favourites. The Chortle Awards are open until midnight on 4th March, and while there’s no closing date mentioned for the Empire Awards, it’s best to get your votes in soon!

If you’ve missed any of the nominated shows, don’t forget you can get everything you need at the Velvet Onion Store, just click to buy.

Toast of London

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa DVD or Blu-ray.

A Field in England.

Cornetto Trilogy.

Music For Insomniacs… And Vinyl Hunters!

25 Feb

© Matt Berry / Acid Jazz

Matt Berry‘s long awaited Music For Insomniacs Part IV project will be released in May, with a preview except available for Record Store Day.

Featuring choral vocals, soothing synths, conga drums and other sounds you can drift away too, the project was completed prior to the Kill The Wolf sessions, but was deemed too ‘out there’ to release as the direct follow up to Witchazel.

Recorded during Matt’s own bouts of insomnia, every note was recorded in solitary isolation during the nights when sleep wasn’t an option.

Now a two-track sampler will be released as a limited edition 7″ via Acid Jazz as part of this year’s RSD celebrations on April 19th, which see vinyl fans across the land queue for hours and hours to try and get collector’s edition records before e-bay scammers buy them all up to sell them on for inflated prices.  Let’s just say it’s a nice concept, but if you really want one of these, you’re going to have to beat the odds!

Previews of the tracks can be heard now via Juno Records, which does suggest there may be further chances to bag one of the 500 copies if they don’t sell out on the day.  Matt’s previous RSD release, the 2010′s The Badgers Wake, was later sold on tour, so if we hear of any more places to pick up a copy we’ll keep you posted.

The full collection will be released in May. We’ll bring you pre-order links as soon as we have them, so stay peeled.

How Matt & Mark Met

17 Feb

© The Independent

This weekend’s Independent featured a rather heartwarming interview with Matt Berry and ex-Bluetones frontman, Mark Morriss, in which they talk about their friendship.

From a chance meeting a few years ago at a comedy gig (at The Hen & Chickens, no less!) mutual artistic appreciation blossomed, and having performed with each other at a series of ad hoc gigs Mark is now a regular part of Matt’s touring band, the Maypoles, as rhythm guitarist.

It’s apparent from the interview that the pair’s different outlooks on life work well together, with Mark providing the calming counterbalance to Matt’s wilder tendencies!

As Mark says, “I think my role in our friendship is as the slightly more sensible older brother: Matt’s a free spirit while I’m a little bit more reserved. When I go out to a bar, he coaxes me out of my shell, while I can help rein him in.”

Matt agrees, noting about his friend, “He even folds his clothes while staying in a Travelodge; he’s the neatest man in pop. And on nights out he’s always very careful. We’d go out to a club and I’d tell him, ‘We’re not going to die from a good night out.’ But I need that caution from him: you can’t have everyone acting like an animal; if both of us had my attitude we’d never get anywhere on time.”

To read the interview in full visit The Independent’s website.

The duo will be touring with the Maypoles from 4th April. For further details visit Matt’s website.


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