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Inside (The Wardrobe In) No. 9

7 Feb


On Wednesday night the first episode of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s Inside No 9 – the intriguingly entitled  Sardines – got the series off to a roaring start.

If you missed it we won’t spoil it for you, but it was an amazing half-hour of television that didn’t fail to keep us wondering until the end, and starred TVO regular Katherine Parkinson.

For those who didn’t see it, it’s on the BBC iPlayer until 19th March, and the next episode – A Quiet Night In – is on next Wednesday (12th) at 10pm on BBC 2 (except Northern Ireland when it’s on at 11.20pm).

Later episodes of the six-part series feature other TVO regulars including Julia Davis.

The series is available for pre-order at TVO Store, where you can also find a selection of other treats from Shearsmith and Pemberton.

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014

3 Feb

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The Velvet Onion would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away this weekend aged 46.

An acting powerhouse whose glittering career has led to so many different ‘Top Ten Performances’ lists, Hoffman’s sole connection to TVO came with his central role as The Count in Richard Cutis’ 2009 comedy The Boat That Rocked alongside our very own Chris O’DowdKatherine Parkinson, and in a deleted sequence, Rich Fulcher.

Yet his legacy left a resounding impact on our regulars, and the team here, with masterful performances in productions as diverse as The SavagesSynecdoche New York, Boogie Nights, Mary And Max, A Late Quartet, The Hunger Games and The Big Lebowski.

In 2010, he also directed the feature film Jack Goes Boating, in which he also starred, and frequently directed theatre productions even in the later years of his life.  He had almost completed shooting on the final Hunger Games movie at the time of his death, has two other movies in the can for release this year and was about to start work on a new television comedy Happyish following a pilot episode filmed last year with Hedwig & The Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell.

Naturally, his work has inspired generations of performers and will continue to do so for decades to come.  This includes a number of TVO regulars who publicly expressed their shock and grief at his untimely passing.

Steve Coogan led public tributes at the London Critics’ Circle Awards last night, stating: “There are actors and there are movie stars and sometimes they’re both but he was an actor first and a movie star second. He did some tremendous work. People have different opinions about actors but you wouldn’t find anybody who would have a bad word to say about any of his performances – they were all incredibly nuanced.”

In the Twittersphere, more TVO regulars shared their views, which we have collated below.

Rest in peace, Mr Hoffman. You will be missed.

Trailer Time For Brian Pern & Inside No. 9

30 Jan

The BBC have released trailers for two of their forthcoming comedy shows with strong TVO connections.

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern – written, directed and produced by Rhys Thomas - airs from Monday 10th February at 10pm on BBC Four, and features Simon Day as the titular rock god turned documentary host.

He’ll be joined by a whole host of famous faces including Lucy MontgomeryTony WayMichael SmileySteve Burge, Matt Lucas, Paul Whitehouse, Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer (seemingly reviving Mulligan And O’Hare!), Nigel Havers, Danny John-Jules, Michael Kitchen, David Baddiel, Jools Holland, Rick Wakeman, David Arnold, Peter Gabriel and Queen’s Roger Taylor. Phew!

You can see the trailer below.

One week earlier, Inside No. 9 - the typically macabre anthology series from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton  - begins on BBC Two, also at 10pm, from Wednesday 5th February.

Featuring guest appearances from Katherine Parkinson and Julia Davis amongst others, the show has already wowed critics (including us!), and will be returning for a second series, as confirmed to British Comedy Guide earlier this week.

Those charming gents Reece and Steve introduce the show below, along with a chance to see the previously released trailer from earlier this week.

More On No. 9

24 Jan

Following on from our previous post, when we showed you a stack of stills from Inside No 9, the first trailer for the show has been released.

The trailer shows many of the stars of the show, including the writers Rhys Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, and it looks like it will be up to their usual standards.

Also in the trailer are TVO regulars Katherine Parkinson and Julia Davis, who hasn’t been mentioned in the cast list previously, so we were pleasantly surprised!

The first half-hour episode of Inside No. 9 – Sardines, is set to air on Wednesday, 5th February at 10pm on BBC2, with another 5 episodes to follow.

A Look Inside No. 9

22 Jan


The BBC have released a series of promotional pictures granting us a tantalising view Inside No. 9.

The series is the brainchild of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – previously responsible for cult classic Psychoville and one half of The League Of Gentlemen.

Whilst both men have numerous connections back to the inner circle of TVO regulars – with Shearsmith in particular cropping up in a huge amount of Onion related film and television in recent years, the other reason we’re excited about this one is because the show also features Katherine Parkinson – IT Crowd legend and former Ealing Live collaborator.

A dark anthology series that pays homage to Amicus and The Twilight Zone, whilst also having the contemporary edge of Black Mirror and filled with typical Shearmsith & Pemberton magic, each episode explores the sense of claustrophobia and intensity of one key location per story.

TVO recently attended a screening of the first two episodes, and can confirm its every bit the delight fans of the duo will be expecting.

Inside No. 9 is set to air from Wednesday, 5th February at 10pm on BBC2, and will be available on iPlayer shortly after transmission.  You can see a gallery of images from the show below.

To celebrate, we’ve also used this opportunity to create a ‘pop-up’ area of our TVO Amazon UK Store, featuring the complete runs of PsychovilleThe League Of Gentlemen and other classic appearances by Reece & Steve, whilst Katherine Parkinson fans can plug the gaps in their collection via her dedicated category over yonder.

Festive TV Catch-Up

5 Jan


There were some great TV programmes on over the Festive period, many featuring TVO favourites. We’ve posted about most of them, but there’s still the opportunity to catch up on many of the delights:

Most recently, Kevin Eldon took part in Celebrity Mastermind, if you didn’t see it on Thursday, you can catch up here.

Kevin popped up again during the festivities as Doctor McFee in Death Comes to Pemberley, which is still available on BBC iPlayer.

The Christmas edition of Lee Mack’s Not Going Out featured Katy Wix and can be viewed here.

Charlie Brooker reviewed 2013 in 2013 Wipe, although not featuring any TVO related people, Mr Brooker has written many great shows featuring TVO artists.

There was also a re-run of Ambassadors, starring Robert Webb and David Mitchell, with a scene stealing guest appearance by Mr Michael Smiley. You can catch this episode – and the others – on BBC iPlayer.

Matt Berry fans had plenty of opportunities to see and hear the man himself on New Year’s Eve, first Matt was in the final episode of The IT Crowd – also available on 4OD along with every other episode of The IT Crowd and the special documentary, The IT Crowd Manual, which was broadcast on Christmas Eve.

This was followed by Matt narrating The 50 Funniest Moments of 2013, which is now available on 4OD. Then to round off the New Year celebrations, Channel 4 showed every episode of Toast of London, also available on 4OD.

Rich Fulcher popped up as a commentator on The 50 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians on Channel 5. This featured clips from a wide variety of comedians spanning the years up to the present. You can catch up with this on Demand5.

Rich also presented 2013 Mashed on Channel 4, which also featured a sketch by Hayden Black. Again you can still see this on 4OD.

And of course there was the Big Fat Quiz of The Year featuring Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade – on the same team! If by any chance you missed it, there’s still time to catch up on 4OD

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part Four

4 Jan

Hello and a warm welcome to the final part of our Review of 2013. Although October to December may feel like it only just happened, prepare to be amazed by how much you’ve forgotten. We were, but then we’re getting on a  bit.

So here are the best bits from the fourth quarter of the year – cherry-picked from news stories about both our regulars and a few new faces too. Enjoy.


October was the month that Booshmania returned.  Just as the fantastic Behind the Boosh exhibition started its run at Proud Camden, showcasing the history of that most Mighty of comedic troops via the majesty of Dave Brown‘s photography, the boys were back in town.  Or rather, on the pier, as The Mighty Boosh went from the Soho Theatre to Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme in LA. A final (chaotic) UK warm-up show and a further run through at The Comedy Store, almost halted by a Visa saga, paved the way for a live performance that turned out to be one of the Festival’s highlights. Fan forums and social media platforms were buzzing with photos, footage and reviews of the show.

Another announcement that got us more than a bit over-excited in October was the news that Ben Wheatley is to direct the first 2 episodes of the next series of Doctor Who, starring the new Time Lord, Peter Capaldi. How good is that!?  We’re itching to see what happens when you combine one of the UK’s finest directors with its biggest export, now in the capable hands of an Oscar-winning acting legend to boot.  You can see the moment Capaldi became the Doctor in the 2013 Xmas special below…

More telly stuff, with the launch of Matt Berry’s new series, Toast Of London.  We’d been itching to see it since the pilot back in 2012, and it did not disappoint…

Elsewhere, Richard Ayoade established himself as a permanent fixture on prime time panel shows with a stint as team captain on Was It Something I Said? on Channel 4. Ayoade’s intellectual sparring with host David Mitchell certainly made our Sunday evenings feel a bit more highbrow!

What else?  Well, in movie news, there was an update on the cast for Paul King‘s long-awaited Paddington Bear feature film, which included mention of Rufus Jones and James Bachman. To end the month, TVO artists offered us a veritable smorgasbord of comedy options for Halloween night’s out, with special spooky performances from Colin Hoult and Richard Sandling.  And we were sad to lose the talented comedy actor Felix Dexter, who died at the too-young age of 52. He left behind an incredible legacy of great TV performances on shows like Bellamy’s PeopleAbsolutely Fabulous, The Fast ShowKnowing Me Knowing You… With Alan Partridge, Mongrels and Alexei Sayle’s Merry Go Round to name but a few. He will be much misse, and would typically hate all this fuss about him, so let’s remember him with one of his silliest moments – dancing for Sport Relief alongside Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery.  What a dude.

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TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part Three

3 Jan

If you’ve previously taken a mosey through Part One and Part Two of our Review of 2013, you’ll already be aware that it’s been a busy old year in Onion Land. July to September was no exception, with news, reviews, new shows and live performances from both our regulars and the new names on our roster.

So here are the best bits from the third quarter of the year – hand-picked from over 700 news stories across 2013, and jam-packed with forgotten treasures and instant classics alike. Enjoy.


The month began with the release of Dan Clark‘s debut album, Dan Clark & The Difficult Three, which had been funded via a successful Pledge Music campaign. Combining genuinely funny lyrics with proper tunes played by a bona fide band, the record offered fans of Clark’s musical comedy an opportunity to re-live some of his live show classics and enjoy some newer compositions. For a wee taster, here below is a live recording of ‘Don’t Kiss Me’ (and if you fancy buying a copy of the album, head on over here):

We also featured a series of introductions to the TVO-recommended artists you could see at 2013’s Edinburgh Fringe. We intentionally mixed up the folk who we already write about with the people who we define as “beyond the Onion”; those featured included Colin Hoult, Tony Law,  Paul FootSpank, Joey PageAisling Bea, Late Night Gimp Fight, Tim Fitzhigham, Jonny & The Baptists (+ Jonny Donahoe), Pete Heat and Glen Wool.

On 19th July the world of comedy sadly lost one of its pioneers, in the shape of Mel Smith. Whilst Smith’s contribution to modern comedy is undeniable, we can also claim a link between him and the TVO family, with Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthew’s first TV sketches being written for Alas, Smith And Jones. You can watch one of them below:

In terms of new TV and film projects, this month saw the release of Ben Wheatley‘s hotly-anticipated follow-up to Sightseers, the psychedelically historical A Field In England, which launched simultaneously in cinemas, on TV and on DVD on 5th July.

Filming also began on the second series of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, and the Marmite-like TV adaptation of Graham Linehan’s Count Arthur Strong also hit our screens. Chris O’Dowd continued with his world domination of the airwaves with a role in the part-improvised US sitcom Family Tree:

Finally, fans of The Mighty Boosh got all hot and bothered over Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt‘s first live performance together since 2010 when the pair performed at The Barbican at a concert to honour the musician, Beck. Expect a bit more of the Boosh boys down below (honestly not as rude as it sounds)…

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Toast The New Year!

31 Dec
© Kuba Wieczorek

© Kuba Wieczorek

If you are staying in for New Year and like Matt Berry then you are in for a treat tonight!

Channel 4 are hosting The 50 Funniest Moments of 2013, where celebrities and others choose their funniest moments of the year. The whole show is narrated by Matt and runs from 11.05pm until 1.05am, so will see you into the New Year.

Following this is the complete series of Toast of London, Mr Berry’s surreal, fantastic sitcom about an eccentric actor and those around him.

For even more Berry goodness, tune into 4seven from 9pm, when you can watch the last ever episode of The IT Crowd – The Internet is Coming, followed by the people’s choice episode – The Work Outing and Graham Linehan‘s favourite episode – The Final Countdown.

This takes you nicely to 11.05pm and The 50 Funniest Moments ….

Sherlock Connections

29 Dec


We suspect that a great many of you reading this will be getting a tad excited about the impending 3rd series of Sherlock, which begins on new year’s day.  But did you know how many TVO connections the show has?

The fact that our very own fairy godmother, Alice Lowe, will be appearing in the new series as a nurse has inspired us to collate a list of The Velvet Onion’s who’s who of Sherlock:

First up, the big man himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, appeared on Nathan Barley as Robin. Next up, we have his sidekick, Martin Freeman, who was in Blake’s Junction 7 alongside TVO folk Stephen Evans, Justin Edwards and Simon Farnaby (which was also directed by Ben Gregor).

In terms of the people who we write about who have appeared in Sherlock, you may have spotted Katherine Parkinson and Tony Way in the final episode of the second series, and Jonathan Aris, who played Anderson in Sherlock, was also in Sightseers and The World End. Finally (and marvellously tenuously!), Louise Brealey, who played the part of Julian Barratt‘s daughter in the 2011 production of Government Inspector at The Young Vic, plays Molly Hooper in all three series of the show.

You can catch the first episode of series 3 (‘The Empty Hearse’ – you can watch the trailer here) at 9pm on BBC1. For those who can’t quite wait that long, here’s a 7-minute prequel mini-episode:

IT Crowd Night Preview!

22 Dec

As we’ve previously mentioned, Channel 4 will be dedicating an evening of airtime to The IT Crowd on Christmas Eve. And we’re pretty darned excited to be able to share a couple of preview clips with you from a new documentary about the series, which will be shown on the night!

The IT Crowd Manual is an hour-long celebration of the sitcom, narrated by Stephen Mangan, which includes classic clips from the show and up-close and personal interviews with the basement-dwelling trio; Richard Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson. Matt Berry also reveals how he felt taking the mantle of the boss of Reynholm Industries from Chris Morris, while Noel Fielding details the forbidden chemistry that mild-mannered Richmond secretly shared with Jen. Meanwhile the show’s biggest fans and guest stars (Paul Whitehouse , Danny Wallace, Kevin Eldon, Frances Barber, Matthew Crosby, Boyd Hilton and Lucy Montgomery) share their top moments.

The clip below features IT Crowd creator, Graham Linehan, giving a guided tour of the iconic basement set which he likens to “the inside of my head and my office… a cheerful mess”:

And the second preview clip Kevin Eldon talks about what a taskmaster Linehan can be when it comes to getting an accent right:

Don’t forget you’ll also be able to watch the final IT Crowd episode again, vote for your favourite episode and watch the one that gets Linehan’s vote too. Wowzers!

Tune into Channel 4 from 9pm on 24th December to get your fill of geekery.

Katherine Parkinson Joins The Club

21 Dec

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Katherine Parkinson has been confirmed as one of the main cast member for a new BBC 1 drama.

The Club is a six-part series which follows the lives of six expectant couples who attend a seemingly straightforward antenatal group.  However, in sharing the most intimate of experiences with one another, secrets are revealed and lies bubbling beneath the surface threaten each of the new families.

Parkinson plays the part of Kim, in a relationship with Susie (Tara Fitzgerald) and expecting their second child to the same biological father. As the story unfolds, we discover that the arrangement with Susie’s ex and sperm donor Neil is not quite what it seems.

Kay Mellow, the series creator and director has said: “I’m really excited by the calibre of cast we’ve attracted; the level of talent is staggering. I feel flattered and honoured to have such amazing actors bringing my characters to life.”

The show starts filming in January in and around Leeds; as yet no transmission date has been confirmed.


TV Preview: Inside No. 9

20 Dec

Inside No. 9 is a dark anthology of tales of horror and comedy from masters of the form, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (of Psychoville and League of Gentlemen fame).

Due to air on BBC Two in the new year, the series had its first public outing at the BFI last night and TVO was lucky enough to be there to see it.

Here, then, is our spoiler-free review:


Throwing back to the days of Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone, and more recently Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Inside No. 9 takes the form of an anthology series.  Each episode has a stand-alone story and, although only half an hour long, feels more like a film.

The title refers to opening the door to a different ‘No. 9′ in each episode: “We wanted to explore the sense of claustrophobia and intensity that is brought by limiting the action to one location in each story,” say Shearsmith and Pemberton.

Fans of Steve and Reece’s previous work will know they like to combine the hilarious with the genuinely unsettling, and this series is no exception. This combination was displayed brilliantly in the two episodes shown at the preview, ‘A Quiet Night In’ and ‘The Harrowing’, but in very different proportions.

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‘A Quiet Night In’ is a tale of high comedy, telling the story of two thieves as they attempt to steal artwork from a house, whilst its owners are present. With no dialogue throughout and some excellent slapstick moments, it almost feels like a classic silent comedy in parts, but of course it is darker than it first appears.

‘The Harrowing’ is, as the name suggests, much further towards the horror side of horror-comedy than the first episode. It is set in a grand old house kept at a chilling -2°C and follows the experience of a teenage girl who has gone to babysit there. I won’t reveal any more about the story but I strongly suggest you turn lights down and phones off to watch this one.

In the Q&A following the screening, other episodes were discussed, including one set mostly in a wardrobe in a country house, as game of sardines takes some unexpected turns (this episode will feature Katherine Parkinson and Tim Key in the cast), and another set in a dressing room for a production of Macbeth, where the story starts to parallel that of the play.

Causing huge laughs and genuine fear by turns, Inside No. 9 will certainly be one to watch. It will be shown on BBC Two in the new year – no official date has been set, but producer Adam Tandy says it will hopefully air in February.

Onion On The Red Carpet At The Comedy Awards

20 Dec

We were lucky enough to bag some camera space alongside the red carpet at last week’s British Comedy Awards, so we sent two of our intrepid team down there to extract some chat from the award winners.

Sadly for TVO, the artists and shows that we celebrate on this site didn’t scoop as many gongs as we were hoping for (we was robbed!), but we did manage to find a few familiar faces, one of whom is definitely on our list and most of whom can claim some sort of connection to the folk who we write about*.

In the short video below you can see what Jack Whitehall wants to say to Lee Mack  about his suit, who Steve Coogan would give his award to, and how Johnny Vegas nearly killed someone with plastic flowers:


Many thanks to everyone who stopped by for a natter!

* In case you were wondering, here are a few of the TVO connections: Jack Whitehall has appeared on a fair few panel shows with Noel Fielding; Lee Mack shared a flat in Edinburgh with Noel; Reece Shearsmith of League of Gentleman featured in Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, plus he and Steve Pemberton are responsible for Inside No. 9, a new sitcom starring Katherine Parkinson (more about that soon!); Nina Conti appeared in Family Tree with Chris O’Dowd; Johnny Vegas and that kiss on last week’s Buzzcocks…

Vote For Your Favourite IT Crowd (& See It On The Telly)

7 Dec

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On 24th  December Channel 4 are hosting a special IT Crowd night. And they need you to vote for your favourite episode so that they can include it.

The evening will include a repeat of the last ever episode, Graham Linehan‘s favourite episodes, and a premier of The IT Crowd Manual, a behind-the-scenes documentary about the show. At 11pm, they will also air the fan’s favourite episode, as voted by you!

To cast your vote you need to head on over to Channel 4’s website. There, you’ll find a short clip from each episode (to refresh the memory box), and you simply click onto your favourite one and hit ‘Vote Now’ to vote. Before you’re allowed to do so, you’ll need to sign in to All of the details can be found on the website via the link above.

So which one is it going to be then?…

Inside No. 9 At The BFI

3 Nov


The British Film Institute are hosting a preview of Inside No. 9, a new series of darkly comic tales from the minds of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

The series, set to be shown on BBC 2 in the near future, invites viewers to take a look inside a very different No. 9 each week. A grand mix of high comedy and dark horror this is set to be another classic from Pemberton and Shearsmith.

Among the huge list of big names in the cast is Katherine Parkinson – if you want to read more about the series, take a look at our previous post, here.

The series preview will be held at the BFI’s cinema on London’s Southbank and will consist of a screening of two of the episodes followed by a Q&A with Pemberton, Shearsmith and producer Adam Tandy.

The event isn’t on sale yet but tickets are already going. If you have BFI membership, the tickets will go on sale on Tuesday and we suggest acting as quickly as possible to obtain them. The rest of us will have to keep our fingers crossed that tickets are still available when they are released to the general public at 11:30am on November 12th.

More information can be found on the event listing on the BFI website.

More IT Teasers

24 Sep

© Hal Shinnie

© Hal Shinnie

Unless you have been out of circulation somewhere very remote, you must have noticed that this Friday is the day we get to see a new, extended episode of The IT Crowd!

We first thought that the special final episode would be part of a The IT Crowd Night, but the night has been postponed until later in the year. We’ll tell you all about it when we hear more.

Meanwhile if you can’t wait until Friday there are some clips on the Channel 4 website.

If you’re really desperate you can read our spoiler-free review of the episode by our Editor in Chief.

Or you could wait until Friday at 9pm on Channel 4 to see it all in its full glory!

Onion Selling

16 Sep

Whilst TVO appears to be in a ‘proper telly’ lull as we await a few big name shows coming soon, there’s no shortage of Onion faces cropping up on our screens thanks to the world of ad-breaks.



Such is the fickle nature of the acting profession – and stand-up comedy for that matter – every once in a while, TVO regulars crop up in commercials.

Whilst some may baulk at the notion of talented people turning up in adverts, let us remind you that, much like voiceover work, it pays well, doesn’t take long, and adds to the portfolio.  And hey, if it’s good enough for John Cleese, Dawn French, Kylie Minogue and Kevin Bacon, to name but a few big names who succumb to acting in ads, then who are we to complain.   Plus… it gets our good friends on the tellybox when we least expect it!

In the past, we’ve rounded up a number of commercials featuring so many faces of Onion Land, and the last month or so has seen the debut of three more such ads.

First up in this latest collection is the return of Rufus Jones as the face of job website, in an advert which debuted during this weekend’s top-rated edition of X-Factor, no less.  Once again Richard Sandling is one of his potential targets for new work after a rude awakening…

Elsewhere, Channel 5 is keen to push it’s own catch-up service, Demand 5, which is now available on smart televisions, as well as NOWTV boxes, their website and YouTube.  Catching up on Neighbours with a rather heavy hangover in this commercial is none other than Rachel Stubbings

And then there’s Virgin Media, who are using athlete Usain Bolt and company founder Richard Branson in a series of adverts, all of which are voiced by Richard Ayoade

Lastly for now, is the return of Paul Kaye in typically maniacal form as the star of BetVictor’s long running campaign.  Here, Victor Chandler is enjoying a nice, gentle, first-class train ride, but typically, Maurice can’t quite leave him in peace…

As long as there is an Onion Land, it seems, there will be commercials featuring its inhabitants.  There are far too many for us to possibly collate, but we’ve done our best to dig into the archives and find you some of the better moments via the handy playlist below.

Included here are such classic moments as Julian Barratt advertising Metz way back in 1997, and his co-hort Noel Fielding being creative with handcuffs for Carling Live five years later.  There are big name ads you’d never realise had TVO links, from Simon Farnaby voicing a horse with a penchant for NutriGrain through to Ben Wheatley helming recent Go Compare ads.

Of course, there’s a huge chunk of voiceover king Matt Berry, but his IT Crowd co-stars Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson get a look in too.  Regular collaborators Tom Meeten and Barunka O’Shaughnessy pop up in a few ads, and we’ve got loads more to savour featuring the likes of Richard GloverLaura PatchAlex KirkRhys ThomasJustin EdwardsDan TetsellAnna CrillyKaty Wix and the well trained eye of Paul King.  We’ve also got a ridiculously early tv appearance by Steve Coogan, and a couple of later ads in character as Paul and Pauline Calf. Enjoy…

The IT Crowd’s Final Bootup

11 Sep

© Talkback Thames / Steven Peskett

As we announced back in July, the final, long-awaited episode of The IT Crowd will air during a special The IT Crowd Night, on Friday 27th September at 9pm, on Channel 4.

The hour-long episode re-unites Richard Ayoade as Moss, Katherine Parkinson as Jen, Chris O’Dowd as Roy and Matt Berry as Douglas, as well as writer and director Graham Linehan.

There will also be an appearance by Noel Fielding as everyone’s favourite Goth, Richmond.

Despite rumours to the contrary, the title of the episode is ‘The Internet Is Coming'; we’ll let you know more details on the episode and the supporting shows as soon as we can.

So clear your schedule and get ready to ‘turn it off and on again’ one last time!

TV & Radio Times

8 Sep


We want to tell you about some TV and Radio shows that are being aired now or in the near future with TVO connections.

First there is Colin Hoult’s Carnival of Monsters, which had its first outing on BBC Radio 4 extra and can now be heard on Thursday evenings at 11pm on Radio 4. Join Colin Hoult and his host of weird and wonderful characters as they show off their various talents for your delight and horror. As always you can catch it on the iPlayer.

Next is a new series of Start/Stop, written and starring Jack Docherty and starring Katherine Parkinson as Alice. The show centre’s around 3 married couples, and when the situation gets out of control, the action stops and one of the characters addresses the audience. You can catch Start/Stop on Radio 4 at 11am on Fridays. Click here for the iPlayer link.

Radio 4 is again your destination on Tuesdays at 11pm, when you can catch the second series of Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed, co-starring Anna Crilly and Colin Hoult, as his two colleagues who get caught up in his schemes. If you need to catch up iPlayer is your friend.

Coming soon to a television near you is The Wrong Mans, written by and starring Matthew Baynton and James Corden. Most of you will have seen the trailer by now. The all-star cast includes Dan Renton Skinner, Benedict Wong, Tom Basden and Rufus Jones. To see more about the show including an interview with James and Matt and clips and trailers, head over to the BBC website.

Finally, coming to BBC 2 for Christmas is The Tractate Middoth, a chilling tale by MR James, adapted and directed by Mark Gatiss and starring Nick Burns, Sacha Dhawan , John Castle, Louise Jameson, Una Stubbs, David Ryall, Eleanor Bron and Roy Barraclough. The story is about a man looking for an obscure Hebrew text, in a quiet academic library. All is not as it seems and soon terrifying apparitions  begin to appear.  More information about the half-hour show can be found here.


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