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Burns In Breeders

6 Sep

© St James Theatre

Nathan Barley himself, actor Nicholas Burns, is starring in a new play called Breeders at St James’ Theatre in London.

The comedy, by Ben Ockrent and directed by Tamara Harvey, offers a fresh take on family, tradition and procreation.

It follows the story of Andrea and her wife Caroline, who long to have a baby. Amidst the drink-sodden traditions of a family Christmas, they have an idea: if nature can’t give them a child that shares both their genes, perhaps Andrea’s under-achieving brother Jimmy (Burns) can? When he and his girlfriend Sharon agree, the four are forced closer than any family should be.

The performances of Breeders take place from 5th September to 4th October, and tickets are available from £15 up to £49.50 (for premium seats).

For more information about performance times, prices and to book tickets click here.

Toast Of The Awards

26 Feb

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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.

The Final Round Begins: World’s End Q&A’s Announced!

31 Oct

© Universal Home Video

As its home media release approaches, the creators of recent blockbuster smash hit The World’s End will be giving two exclusive screening sessions next month.

The film was directed/co-written by Edgar Wright and was co-written by/starred Simon Pegg, forming the final part of their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.  Along for the ride, as ever, was Nick Frost, and a cavalcade of their regular collaborators in a massive ensemble cast.

This included Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, David Bradley, Reece Shearsmith, Mark Heap, Julia Deakin, Mark Donovan and Bill Nighy, alongside trilogy newcomers Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Darren Boyd, Jonathan Aris and Pierce Brosnan.

Also along for the ride, of course, were several TVO faces: Steve Oram was a prominent, if unnamed motorcycle policeman, Nick Burns a town local with a penchant for survival, Michael Smiley was a dealer known as Reverend Green, and Alice Lowe appeared with Rafe Spall in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as a pair of househunters.

With the film due for release on dvd & blu-ray on November 25th, Pegg & Wright will be taking to two London cinemas a few days before to answer questions from diehard fans.

Saturday, 23rd November will see the uber-geeks miss all the big Doctor Who shenanigans (which also involve Bradley & Shearsmith) to give fans a treat at Cineworld Haymarket.  The World’s End will be followed by never-before-seen bonus footage, and a live Q&A session from the pair.

The following day, the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is taken over by the whole darn trilogy – Shaun Of The DeadHot Fuzz and The World’s End, back-to-back, introduced by Edgar and Simon.  This mammoth event runs from 4pm until 10:30pm, so don’t miss out!

Tickets are selling fast for both events, so pick up your Cineworld Tickets here, and your Prince Charles Tickets there.

If you can’t make either event, both The World’s End and the full whammy Trilogy Box Set are released on dvd and blu-ray on November 25th, and both can be pre-ordered now from The Velvet Onion Amazon UK Store, whilst American readers can get the film slightly earlier, on November 19th.  For full pre-order details, see below.


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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.

Your Round For The World’s End

2 Sep

© Universal Home Video

Smash hit film The World’s End is now available to pre-order on both sides of the Atlantic.

The critically acclaimed box office smash, directed by Edgar Wright, stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and a huge ensemble cast, including Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike.

Rounding out that cast are the likes of Reece Shearsmith, David Bradley, Mark Heap, Julia Deakin and a certain former secret agent.  Of more interest to us, however, are TVO regulars Nick BurnsSteve OramMichael Smiley and Alice Lowe. 

Now the film can be pre-ordered from our Amazon store in both the UK and the US.  The latter hasn’t yet been given a release date – perhaps because the film is still wowing audiences in cinemas, but you can pre-order the DVD for just $19.99, and the triple pack of Blu-Ray, DVD and Ultra Violet digital copy for a few dollars more, $23.99.

In the UK, the film will be released on November 25th, with the DVD available for £13, and the Blu-Ray & Ultra Violet digital copy (sans DVD that US audiences get) for £16.50.


The Velvet Onion Amazon Stores ship internationally, and all you need is an Amazon account to get your goods! The UK versions are above, the US versions below.

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One Last Cornetto

21 Aug

The critically acclaimed box office smash The World’s End finally opens in US cinemas this week, and whilst we’d be recommending it to you regardless, the inclusion of a few TVO regulars sweetens the deal somewhat.

The film, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg & Nick Frost has a huge ensemble cast that includes a number of the trio’s long-standing friends and collaborators – including a number who have cropped up in Onion flavoured productions in the past too numerous to mention here.

That huge cast (rounded out by Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan and a certain former secret agent in leading supporting roles) includes… deep breath now… Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, David Bradley, Reece Shearsmith, Jonathan Aris, Julia Deakin, Mark Heap, Darren Boyd and Bill Nighy.

It also features regular collaborator Michael Smiley as Reverend Green (not actually a man of the cloth), Nick Burns as a town collaborator, Steve Oram as a motorcycle cop and Alice Lowe as a house-hunter.

© Universal Pictures

© Universal Pictures

Best of all, on top of all that, it’s deliciously funny, with an increasingly flippant and wacked out vibe as the film springs to its megabucks conclusion.  Whilst slightly lacking the heart of Shaun Of The Dead and the firm soul of Hot Fuzz, the cynical spin almost a decade on from the former makes this a markedly different and hugely entertaining way to round off the trilogy.

Audiences in the USA and Canada can see the film in cinemas from August 23rd.  French audiences can see it a week later, and for more international release dates check imdb.

To celebrate the final part of the saga, YouTube remix superstar Mike Relm has taken sounds from all three films to form The Cornetto Megamix, which you can see below.

The World’s End Out Now!

21 Jul
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© Focus Features

It can’t have escaped your attention that this weekend saw the UK release of The World’s End - the third and final part of the Three Flavours trilogy from Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright.

Reuniting once again with Nick Frost and a host of their co-stars from Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, the film features cameo appearances by Nick Burns, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.  Wright, of course, was executive producer on Sightseers, and Lowe previously appeared in Hot Fuzz.

With critical acclaim (the film currently stands at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes), and all the usual flair of a Cornetto movie, you’d be mad to miss it!  The film is in UK cinemas now, with US release on 23rd August.

Blinkbox Booshdom!

6 Aug

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Steve Coogan‘s sitcom Saxondale and anthology spoof Dr Terrible’s House Of Horrible are amongst a smattering of TVO favourites available to watch free online.

UK based video on demand service Blinkbox offers television and film from both sides of the pond to download or stream via pc, mac, games consoles, tablets and smart tv’s – and already offers a large back catalogue of programming for purchase.

This includes the TVO flavoured likes of The Mighty Boosh, Dead BossThis Is Jinsey, Horrible Histories and Mongrels, and movies Come On Eileen, Weekender and The Boat That Rocked to name but a few.

Coogan’s work is well represented on the site, from films such as Tropic Thunder and Hot Fuzz (also featuring our very own Alice Lowe), and the televisual adventures of one Alan Partridge.

Now as part of a deal with the BBC, a number of comedy classics are available to stream free of charge.

These include Saxondale – which also featured Matt BerryJames Bachman and Tom Meeten, and underrated spoof Dr Terrible – featuring Julia Davis.


Also up for free viewing is criminally ignored sitcom Lab Rats featuring Dan Tetsell alongside Chris Addison and Dead Boss star Geoffrey McGivern.

You can also take another look at Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive which co-stars Sharon Horgan and Alice Lowe, or That Mitchell And Web Look featuring James Bachman.

For something a little bit more ‘out there’, you can also catch rarely seen French animation series A Town Called Panic – which included Lucy Montgomery and Alexander Armstrong in it’s English dub cast.

To browse the full Blinkbox catalogue, click on any of the links above, or be really obvious and fall onto it’s home page via the word Battenberg – and of course, almost all of these shows, and more, can still be purchased the good old fashioned way on dvd and blu-ray via THE VELVET ONION AMAZON STORE!

Recruiting With Nic

11 Jan


Nathan Barley‘s Nicholas Burns will appear on stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of The Recruiting Officer.

Written by George Farquhar in 1706, it is a tale of love, lustiness and victory in battle and in the bedroom!

Also starring in the comedy are Nancy Carroll, Mackenzie Crook, Mark Gatiss (Nighty Night), Gawn Grainger, Tobias Menzies and Rachael Stirling (Snow White and the Huntsman).

The show runs from Thursday 9th to Tuesday 14th February (not Sunday 12th) at 7.30 except Tuesday 14th (7.00pm). Donmar Warehouse is at 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LX, for more information and to book tickets click here.

Booshniverse Stars Appear In Psychoville

2 Jun


Two familiar faces from the realm of TVO have now appeared in the second series of black comedy Psychoville.

The cult show, written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton [half of the team behind The League of Gentlemen], is reaching the conclusion of its two-series arc, revolving around the mysterious goings on at Ravenhill Psychiatric Hospital.  Also featuring Dawn French and Daisy Haggard [The Persuasionists] in its ensemble cast, episodes four and five of the second run have now featured two actors better known for their contributions to the Booshniverse.

Last week, Nathan Barley himself, Nicholas Burns appeared as a wealthy man celebrating his birthday with an illegal operation on a willing donor.  Burns, of course, also portrayed The King Of Xooberon in The Mighty Boosh episode Fountain Of Youth.

Tonight’s episode featured none other than Katherine Parkinson – better known as Jen from The IT Crowd.  As part of the same sub-plot, Parkinson’s character was working at a scientific research facility where frozen body parts are a speciality.

The final episode of the series airs on BBC2 on Monday at 10pm, and every episode from this series is currently available on the iPlayer catch-up service until June 13th.

If you’d prefer to own the episodes on dvd, and TVO cannot recommend the show highly enough (!) – you can preorder Series Two or, for the complete experience, the Series One & Two boxset from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now.  Both titles are released the same day the show disappears from iPlayer: June 13th.

The Village Bike

19 May

Nathan Barley star Nicholas Burns will appear as John in Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike at the Royal Court this summer.

The production also stars Romola Garai, as his frustrated pregnant wife. We last saw Romola as Sugar in The Crimson Petal and the White, which also starred The IT Crowd‘s Chris O’Dowd.

For further details and booking information follow the links.

TV Choice Awards

17 May
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It’s time for the TV Choice Awards and there are quite a few categories featuring some of our Booshniverse favourites!

The first category is ‘Best New Drama’ and in this category is The Crimson Petal and the White, starring the multi-talented Chris O’Dowd.

Next up is the category ‘Best Drama Series’. Agatha Christies Marple and Misfits are in this category, in both of which Nicholas Burns (Nathan Barley, The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd) appears.

You would expect the next category ‘Best Comedy’ to be full of Booshniverse members and The IT Crowd is there of course. There are also a couple of others; Not Going Out, which stars Lee Mack who was the Boosh radio series’ Graham, and Friday Night Dinner had an appearance from Matthew Holness. The category also includes ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show’, directed by Spencer Millman, and The Trip starring Steve Coogan. Remember that Noel Fielding made a short appearance on this season’s ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’!


Not surprisingly, ‘Best Reality Show’ is short on talent from the Booshdom!

However, this year the category ‘Best Talent Show’ is relevant as it contains Let’s Dance For Comic Relief. Who can forget Noel Fielding’s stunning rendition of Wuthering Heights and Mr Barratt’s dapper Heathcliff?

Next up is ‘Best Entertainment Show’, which is where you will find Never Mind the Buzzcocks (Noel Fielding again), and Shooting Stars (Noel appeared season 6). Also listed is Harry Hill’s TV Burp produced by Spencer Millman.

The ‘Best Lifestyle Show’ category contains Come Dine With Me, in which Paul Foot famously made an appearance on the soap stars episode as one of the contestants’ helpers.

That’s the end of the categories that are of interest to the wide world of Booshdom. If you would like to vote in any of these or the many other categories then head to the website for the TVChoice Awards.

Forgotten Favourites: Nathan Barley

23 Apr

On quiet news days such as this, we here at The Velvet Onion like to offer you, our beloved peelers, something worth reading as a reward for your continued support.

After our popular look back at AD/BC: A Rock Opera back in March, we continue our series of retrospectives with Babyonfire’s focus on the cult classic Nathan Barley.

You could say that the list of hidden television gems that root from The Boosh is endless, but one that stands out from the rest is Nathan Barley. Made in late 2004 and broadcast on Channel 4 the following February, the show was the brainchild of the legendary Chris Morris (of The Day Today, Brass Eye, Jam and more recently The IT Crowd fame) and the popular television and newspaper critic/ranter Charlie Brooker.

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