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Julia No. 9

28 Feb

The sublime Inside No. 9 continues apace on BBC Two each Wednesday evening, and next week’s edition features the long awaited guest appearance of Julia Davis.

© BBC / Des Willie

© BBC / Des Willie

The latest concoction from the delightful duo of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, formerly of The League Of Gentlemen and Psychoville fame, is an anthology of twisted tales which have featured a number of big name guest stars across the run, from Katherine Parkinson and Tamsin Grieg to Gemma Arterton.. from Tim Key to Kayvan Novak.

You can catch up with previous episodes on iPlayer now, ahead of Wednesday’s fifth episode, The Understudy, which features Pemberton as a successful West End actor with an overbearing personality.

As his tour-de-force performance of Macbeth on stage is celebrated, he makes life hell for all around him, the acclaim he brings would mean any sudden indisposal would be very bad luck indeed, except for his ever-hopeful understudy, of course…

© BBC / Des Willie

© BBC / Des Willie

Julia, who last worked with Shearsmith on the sadly-aborted spoof Bad Sugar, plays company manager Felicity, and she’s joined by her Hunderby co-star Rosie Cavaliero, plus Being Human star Lyndsey Marshal; Eastenders actor Roger Sloman; Pemberton’s Whitechapel co-star Richard Codery; and last but by no means least, Di Botcher, who appeared in multiple roles in both Tittybangbang and Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show.

Quite a cast list, then. You can see the results on Wednesday evening at 10pm on BBC Two, and the show will also be available on iPlayer shortly after transmission.  It is also available to pre-order on dvd (sadly not blu-ray) now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, with an expected release date of 17th March.  You can also see preview clips below…

BAFTA Scotland Event: Hear A TVO Icon Talk

18 Aug

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On Saturday 24th August BAFTA Scotland are hosting a masterclass featuring Henry Normal from the production company Baby Cow.

Normal has been responsible for creating, writing, executive producing and script-editing some of the best and most award winning television comedy of the last 15 years, including many, many TVO-connected shows: The Mighty BooshNighty Night, Hunderby, Moone Boy, AD/BC: A Rock Opera and a large number of Steve Coogan/Alan Partridge shows. He is also behind the new Alan Partridge movie, Alpha Papa.

In fact, the list goes on; to see everything Normal has had a hand in, check out his impressive IMDB entryIn this masterclass, he will show clips of many of his shows and discuss how he has built one of the most creative and successful production companies in the UK.

The event takes place at Filmhouse in Edinburgh; tickets cost £4 (£3 concessions; free for BAFTA members). Because this masterclass has replaced another event, we recommend that you contact the box office for ticket information.

While we’re on the subject of Baby Cow’s creative output, you may be interested to know that The 2008 Mighty Boosh documentary A Journey Through Time & Space is now available to view in full on Vimeo:

 

It’s Your Choice At The TV Awards

27 May

It’s time for you to do the choosing… as the voting for the annual TV Choice Awards is open once again!

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The TV Choice Magazine’s awards are open for voting for the 17th time and this year’s ceremony will be hosted by Ben Miller. The event will take place on September 9 but fans have the opportunity to vote for their favourite shows and actors until midnight, June 14.

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As always, we bring you the news because a variety of TVO regulars have made it onto the longlist. In the first category ‘Best New Drama’ we have Utopia which featured Simon Farnaby and Dan Tetsell, and will go up against Mr. Selfridge and The Village.

Unsurprisingly, the category of ‘Best Comedy Series’ proves to be jam-packed with members of our roster. You can vote for Friday Night Dinner (Matthew Holness), Sky sitcom Mount Pleasant (Alex Kirk, James Bachman), Chris O’Dowd‘s award winning sitcom Moone Boy. As if that’s not enough, you can also find Julia Davis‘s amazing (and well-deserving of all the awards) series Hunderby in this category.

‘Best International Series’ includes worldwide smash hit Game Of Thrones which features the talented Tony Way and, as of the current third series, Paul Kaye.

Neil Maskell from Utopia and Kill List can be found in the category ‘Best Actor’ while Hollyoaks with regular cast member Dan Tetsell is up for ‘Best Soap’.

So get those voting fingers ready but note that you can only vote once per person so make it count. You have until midnight on June 14 to cast your vote over at the TV Choice Awards’ website.

Hunderbafta

29 Apr

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Hunderby collected another award last night at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

The period comedy from the mind of Julia Davis aired its first series on Sky Atlantic last year, and became an instant critical darling and audience favourite – which is no small surprise when you consider how many TVO links it features!

Co-written by Barunka O’Shaughnessy, the series starred Davis alongside Rufus Jones, Kevin Eldon, Alex McQueen, Alex Roach, Rebecca Staton and How Not To Live Your Life star Daneil Lawrence Taylor.

It was also narrated by Julian Barratt and featured cameo appearances by Princes In The Tower too, as well as being produced by the wonderful folk at Baby Cow Productions.

The show is set to return in the unspecified future for a second run, and last night picked up yet another gong: the award for “Writer – Comedy”.

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No photographs of the team have been released by Bafta, sadly, though Kevin Eldon was on hand to present the award for “Photography – Factual” to Steve Robinson for Amish: A Secret Life.

Rhys Thomas was also nominated as Breakthrough Talent for his stunning documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, but unfortunately lost out to the rather talented Tim Whitnall (former star of CITV classic Mike & Angelo!) who wrote a docudrama which also featured Mercury – Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story. Rhys can console himself, however, with the news that his documentary has also been nominated this week for the Rose D’or, which will be held in Brussells on May 30th.

Hunderby and The Great Pretender are both available to buy now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

Hunderbafta… With Alan Partridge.

9 Apr

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No, it’s not the title of another useless television pitch by yer man Alan, but the news that TVO’s top hitters are up for yet more gongs – this time at the BAFTA Television Awards.

The seemingly never ending cycle of BAFTA award ceremonies is no bad thing when the likes of HunderbyAlan Partridge and Game Of Thrones continue to get nominated.

Hunderby – Julia Davis twisted period black comedy co-written with Barunka O’Shaughnessy and featuring Rufus JonesKevin Eldon, Arnab ChandaPrinces In The Tower and the dulcet narrative tones of Julian Barratt – has been nominated in the category of Situation Comedy, where it must fend off competition from Episodes, Twenty Twelve and the incredibly popular The Thick Of It. 

The latter also has a TVO connection, with Justin Edwards in its huge ensemble cast, and its creator Armando Iannucci being one of the driving forces behind Partridge all these years.

Speaking of Partridge, the Dave Lambert directed special Welcome To The Places Of My Life has been nominated for Best Comedy Programme, against The Revolution Will Be Televised, Mr Stink and Cardinal Burns.  The one off show was the first original slice of Alan made for Sky Atlantic last year, after they bought the rights to web-show Mid Morning Matters.

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Alan’s alter-ego, Steve Coogan, has a lot to celebrate – he’s also been nominated for Male Performance In A Comedy Programme – versus Greg Davies (Cuckoo), Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve) and Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It).  Similarly, the Female Performance In A Comedy Programme list features none other than Julia Davis once again, for her role in Hunderby – a show made by Coogan’s BabyCow Productions.  She’ll be up against old friends Jessica Hynes and Olivia Colman (both for Twenty Twelve) and Miranda Hart (Miranda).

TVO would like to extend our congratulations to all at Baby Cow and especially everyone involved with Hunderby and Welcome To The Places Of My Life, and assure you our fingers are crossed for your victories!

For the full list of nominations, check out the Radio Times website, where you can also vote for the Radio Times Audience Award BAFTA.  This highly charged poll battle is between some serious tv big-hitters: The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, could be expected to walk away with the trophy, but it’ll be up against stiff competition from Strictly Come Dancing, The Great British Bake OffCall The Midwife, Homeland and Game Of Thrones - the latter of which has featured Tony Way and Paul Kaye amongst its guest cast.  Vote for your favourite now!

Nods & Nominations

26 Mar

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The Oscars may seem like a distant memory already, but Awards Season continues apace, and TVO regulars are, as always, in the offering.

The BAFTA Craft Awards were announced this weekend, and comedy legend Rhys Thomas is up for the highly prestigious Breakthrough Talent award for his documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, which shone a candid light on the period between Freddie’s debut solo album in 1985, and his premature death in 1991.

He’s up against stiff competition from Mike Bartlett for The Town, Julie Gearey for Prisoners’ Wives and Tim Whitnall for Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story.

Elsewhere, in the comedy department, Julia Davis has been nominated for “Writer (Comedy)” due to her gloriously funny period piece Hunderby.  She’s up against Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche and Simon Blackwell for the final run of The Thick Of It (which featured Justin Edwards), as well as John Morton for Twenty Twelve and Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan for Getting On.  For the full list of nominations, check out Digital Spy’s rundown over yonder.

Last week saw the Royal Television Society Programme Awards take place in London, and again, there were TVO connections on show.  Horrible Histories was pipped to the post as Children’s Programme by Room On The Broom, but Sherlock - the last episode of which featured Katherine Parkinson and Tony Way – won the award for Drama Series ahead of Call The Midwife and Line Of Duty.  Sherlock also picked up an award for “Writer – Drama”, given to its showrunner Steven Moffat.

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However, the big TVO win belonged to BabyCow for Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life - which picked up the nod for Scripted Comedy – so congrats to Steve CooganDave Lambert and the rest of the team!  For more info, pop here.

Lastly, and by no means leastly, the delightful Tony Law won Best Club Comic and Best Show for Maximum Nonsense at this weekend’s Chortle Awards, with Stewart Lee & Richard Herring also scoring double wins.

And of course, as we told you this weekendSightseers picked up yet another gong – this time for Best British Film at the Empire Awards.  All in all, a glorious time for the stars of TVO – and we’re over the moon for everyone winning things!

The Nominations Are ….

7 Feb

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There are TVO connections in two different awards nominations this week.

First the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2013 have nominations in the Best Comedy section for Julia Davis’s Hunderby and Alan Partridge: Welcome to The Places of My Life starring Steve Coogan.

More details and a full list of nominations can be found here.

The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards also feature  Hunderby and Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy, both in the Best Multichannel Category.

To see the other nominations click here.

Spend A Day With Brand & Davis

20 Jan

If you already have plans next Saturday, we suggest you cancel them. LOCO’s ‘Working Women’, a day-long celebration of smart, funny women on screen, takes place in London on Saturday, 26th January 2013 – and you may very well want to be there!

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They’ll be previewing new work from some of Britain’s best women writers, advising men how to write better female roles, debating the opportunities – or lack of them – for women in the industry, and hosting exciting discussions with some very special guests including  Julia Davis, Katy Brand, Inbetweeners star Jessica Knappett, comedian, actress, writer and musician Isy Suttie, actress Caroline Quentin, Twenty Twelve star Sara Pascoe and performance artist Bobby Baker.

Julia will be in conversation with Sky’s Head of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, as they discuss their collaborative relationship over the years and recount the journey of their work together on Human Remains, Nighty Night, Lizzie and Sarah, Julia Davis’s Little Cracker and most recently the award-winning Hunderby.

Katy will be part of a panel hosted by writer and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes, along with Jessica Knappett and Isy Suttie. They will be talking about the challenges and joys of working in comedy, how they’ve built their careers and what advice they would give to aspiring creatives wanting to follow in their footsteps.

The event runs 9am to 6pm, followed by drinks, and tickets are £65. For more information visit LOCO’s website, and to purchase tickets click here.

The event is organised by LOCO, a  not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to kickstart the next generation of British-based comedy film-makers. To find out more about their activities visit them here.

Another Chance To See Hunderby

13 Jan

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 The award-winning Hunderby is repeated on Sky Atlantic from tomorrow (Monday) at 9pm.

The show, written by and starring Julia Davis is a dark comedy costume drama and also features Kevin Eldon, Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Julian Barratt (as the Narrator), Rufus Jones and a guest appearance by Princes in The Tower.

You can read our preview of the first episode here.

If you don’t enjoy the luxury of a Sky Atlantic subscription then the full series of Hunderby is available on DVD from The Velvet Onion Store.

NME Awards 2013 – Get Nominating!

16 Dec

© NME

The nominations are now open for the 2013 NME Awards, and it’s up to you who gets shortlisted!

Of course, there are several categories that deserve, nay demand, a TVO-related nominee! And 2012 has kindly provided us with a few options. For Best TV Show the psychedelic colour explosion that is Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy surely warrants a nomination? Or there’s award-winning Hunderby, Moone Boy, new Alan Partridge or the much-missed Mongrels.

Best Film?  How about Sightseers, written by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram? For Best video you could nominate Tanlines ‘All of Me’, directed by none other than Julian Barratt, and for the various musical category nominations take a long look at the ‘Musicians‘ panel on the right hand side of this page and get typing! Wouldn’t it be nice if someone a bit less predictable won Best Album this year (Sue & The Unicorn or Loose Tapestries anyone?).

Finally, would it be too cheeky to suggest that The Velvet Onion Live would be a worthy nominee for Best Small Festival? And then there’s Best Fan Community? Ahem ;-)

You can make your nominations here. Go on, let’s make the 2013 awards our own! We’ll be letting you know when the subsequent voting commences, but in the meantime it’s over to you…

Hunderby Does The Double

13 Dec
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© british comedy awards

Julia Davis’s dark, costume-drama comedy Hunderby picked up both Best Sitcom and Best New Comedy Programme awards last night at the British Comedy awards.

The show beat off competition from The Thick of It, Rev and Twenty Twelve in the Sitcom category and Alan Partridge, Cardinal Burns and Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy in the Best New Comedy Programme category.

Hunderby was not the only TVO related winner on the night, the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme award was won by Harry Hill’s TV Burp directed by Spencer Millman.

Nathan Barley writer Charlie Brooker won Best Comedy Entertainment Personality and Horrible Histories was beaten this year by Cardinal Burns (script edited by Rufus Jones) in the Best Sketch show category.

David Rawle from Moone Boy missed out on Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist to Morgana Robinson, but he has plenty of time to win awards!

Another TVO connection was that Katherine Parkinson was on the Jury this year.

Noel Fielding also popped up on film in a tribute to Vic and Bob, talking about Toasty Surrealism!

The full list of winners can be found below, and the whole ceremony is available on 4OD.

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality – Charlie Brooker

Best Sitcom – Hunderby

Best Male TV Comic – Lee Mack

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist – Morgana Robinson

Best TV Comedy Actress – Rebecca Front

The Writers Guild of Great Britain – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best TV Comedy Actor – Peter Capaldi

Best Female TV Comic – Jo Brand

Best Sketch Show – Cardinal Burns

Best New Comedy Programme – Hunderby

Outstanding Achievement – Sacha Baron Cohen.

TVO Stars Up For British Comedy Awards!

3 Dec
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© British Comedy Awards

The nominations for the 2012 British Comedy Awards have been announced, and a number of TVO flavoured productions are, quite rightly, in the running.

Amazingly, all four shows up for Best New Comedy Programme can be traced back to these very pages, starting with the remarkable Hunderby featuring Rufus Jones and Kevin Eldon, but most notably written by and starring Julia Davis.

The show will be battling it out against the wonderful Chris O’Dowd‘s sitcom Moone Boy and a third hilarious Baby Cow production, Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life which not only featured Steve Coogan as the titular character but was directed by Dave Lambert, no less!

The final show in this category has a less obvious TVO connection, but it’s there all the same – as sketch show Cardinal Burns was script edited by Rufus Jones!  So whoever wins, TVO can celebrate!

In other categories, Hunderby will be fighting for the Best Sitcom gong against Rev (which featured a guest appearance from James Bachman), Twenty Twelve and The Thick Of It.  A tough competition for that one, but we’re naturally rooting for Julia over here!  The aforementioned Cardinal Burns is also up for Best Sketch Show, as is CBBC behemoth Horrible Histories which counts Simon Farnaby and Alice Lowe amongst its ensemble cast.  They’ll both be going up against Facejacker (starring Four Lions and Bad Sugar star Kayvan Novak), and cult new show Very Important People.

Steve Coogan will be fending off challenges from Peter Capaldi, Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander for the title of Best TV Comedy Actor, whilst Bad Sugar star Olivia Coleman’s two roles in Twenty Twelve and Rev will be up against Lizzie & Sarah star Jessica Hynes, and The Day Today legend Rebecca Front for Best TV Comedy Actress.

Harry Hill’s TV, produced by Spencer Millman has received it’s final nomination for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme, which sees it square up to The Graham Norton Show, Celebrity Juice and Alan Carr’s Chatty Man for the title.   Hill will also be hoping to win Best Male Television Comic, and he’s up against the likes of Sean Lock, Blunder and Bruiser veteran David Mitchell and Boosh radio series star Lee Mack, who is perhaps now best known for his role in Not Going Out alongside Katy Wix.  The Best Female Television Comic section is the only one with no TVO link, and it will be decided between Jo Brand, Nina Conti, Sarah Millican and Sue Perkins.

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© Baby Cow / Sky

Despite being a standup veteran, Nina Conti is also up for Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist, as are Cardinal Burns, Morgana Robinson and our personal favourite, young Moone Boy star David Rawle.  Finally, Best Comedy Entertainment Personality will be one of the following four men: Stephen Fry, Harry Hill, Graham Norton or Nathan Barley writer Charlie Brooker.

For more details on the awards, which take place on December 12th and are broadcast live on Channel 4, visit their official website now – and good luck to everyone nominated!

Metropolitan Wo(man)

23 Nov

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After a successful appearance on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man, Julia Davis goes on to conquer the printed media.

Earlier this week, the actress was interviewed by Metro in connection to the DVD release of Hunderby. This subject also brought forward a discussion regarding the general state of British TV comedy and where Davis’s dark humour came from. You can read the full interview at the Metro website.

Julia Davis is not the only Booshniverse member who has been featured in Metro recently. The monkey master and primate prodigy Peter Elliott, who was Bollo in series one of The Mighty Boosh , gave an interview which might give you a little insight to what it means to be the man in the monkey suit. Curious to find out more about series one Bollo? Head on over here!

The fabulous Hunderby DVD is out now and you can order your copy over at The Velvet Onion Store!

The Moone, The Matters & The Bubbly Milk… New TVO DVD’s From Baby Cow!

19 Nov

Today sees the release of two of the latest additions to the TVO canon on digital versatile disc… as both Hunderby and Moone Boy are unleashed to the world, joining Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters which was released last week.

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Julia Davis‘ period comedy Hunderby also features the likes of Rufus Jones and Kevin Eldon in it’s powerful ensemble cast, and as rumours of a second series begin to gain strength, we’re pleased those who loved the show on Sky Atlantic can be joined by those who didn’t have the chance to appreciate this instant classic.  You can order a copy to accompany your bubbly milk right here for just £13.99.

Meanwhile, another production from Baby Cow sees the big man himself, Steve Coogan, make a guest appearance.  The charming Moone Boy written by, and starring Chris O’Dowd is also released today, in which Chris plays the imaginary friend of young dreamer Martin Moone.  The rural Irish setting and 80s period flavour combine with a whimsical style that again, deserves to return for another series as soon as possible, and it can be bought for only £13.69 by giving a dead bird the kiss of life, or just clicking here.

Finally, last week saw the release of another Baby Cow and Coogan concoction – the latest piece of the Alan Partridge saga.  Mid Morning Matters started life as a series of webisodes, before being picked up by Sky for broadcast earlier this year.  With another run currently in production, and the long awaited Partridge movie gearing up for production soon, this is a great chance to catch up with a legend of local broadcasting, and you can grab a cup of beans with a sausage in them to go with your dvd, which is only £14.15 in our store now.

Chatty Woman

17 Nov

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If you didn’t manage to catch Julia Davis on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man yesterday, the show is now available to watch on 4oD.

A smiley Julia shyly sparkled in her first ever chat show appearance (assisted perhaps by the five vodkas she claimed to have downed beforehand!). And her very presence seemed to evoke the submerged dark voices in Alan Carr’s psyche…

Click here to see the show, although it may not be available to non-UK residents – sorry if you can’t view it. Julia appears in part 2.

Don’t forget that the brilliant Hunderby is released on DVD on Monday – it’s available to buy in our TVO amazon store by clicking here.  And there are rumours of a second series of Hunderby too – we live in hope (and a desperate need for Sky Atlantic)!

Chatterby Davis

14 Nov

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The lovely Julia Davis is set to appear on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man this Friday.

The comedy actress will be joining Carr to chat about the DVD release of Hunderby but will also talk about Nighty Night and much more. The show was filmed today (November 14th) and you can see two preview photos here and here.

Apart from Davis, viewers will be treated to a jam-packed show featuring comedian John Bishop, the Spice Girls ladies Mel C, Emma Button and Geri Halliwell and also Rita Ora who will perform her latest single.

This episode of Chatty Man will air on Friday, November 16, at 10pm on Channel 4 and later be available on 4oD.

Don’t forget that Hunderby is released on November 19 and you can pre-order your copy of the Hunderby DVD over at The Velvet Onion Store now!

Dr Foggerty Spills The Beans

11 Sep

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Rufus Jones, currently gracing our screens in Julia Davis‘s Hunderby, has been interviewed by The Bristish Comdy Guide this week.

In the interview Jones talks about how much he enjoyed performing as Dr Foggerty in the critically-aclaimed series. He explains. “Julia likes us to play the comedy serious, really serious, and the more serious we are, the funnier it becomes. Julia’s just the most inspirational person I’ve worked with. She’s built this entire world and language in Hunderby which I absolutely loved inhabiting.”  He also mentions that it, “Contains the single best and disgusting scene I will ever be involved in.”  The mind boggles!

As well as his role in Hunderby, Jones also talks about playing Terry Jones in Monty Python’s Flying Circus (“It was huge fun to do – writer Tony Roche’s script was incredibly funny and ballsy.”), and his time as Nelson on two series of  Mongrels. Of the BBC’s controversial decision not to commission a third series of Mongrels, Jones is surprisingly pragmatic, saying, “Yes, it was a real shame it didn’t happen, but you can’t get too angry about that. It’s just how TV works – it happens. Commissioners change, and it depends on what type of show they want to air at that particular moment.”

For more on this, and to find out what’s next for Rufus Jones, read the interview in full by visiting the British Comedy Guide.

Wonder Woman

5 Sep

The positive buzz around Julia Davis‘s new series Hunderby continues to grow, and with it her fan base. This week those affected by her gentle charm and rapier-sharp wit include David Bailey, Stylist magazine and a Daphne Du Maurier expert.

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Julia is interviewed in today’s Stylist magazine, as this week’s lead feature. Of her comedy writing they say, “Davis hasn’t so much pushed the envelope as blown up a branch of Ryman.” The interview takes in her work on comedy shows such as Hunderby (of course), Nighty Night and Lizzie & Sarah, but also provides some genuine insight into what makes Julia tick. She talks about the dynamic of working in what’s traditionally a man’s world, how she uses humour to get through life, and what makes her cry (plenty!).

The interviewer clearly knows their stuff and is something of  an admirer; what’s clear is that meeting his idol has more than lived up to expectations. To read the article in full click here – it’s well worth a look.

Julia was photographed for the interview by the iconic David Bailey. There’s a short piece with Bailey about how he approached the shoot, in which he refers to Julia as “a decent kind of person”. Take a look here for more on that one.

And finally, one other person who’s been gushing about Julia’s talents is Daphne du Maurier expert, Ann Wilmore. In the article in Tuesday’s Guardian, Wilmore says of her writing in Hunderby: “She certainly knows her stuff…there are lots of other brilliant Du Maurier references.” Prepare to be impressed by Julia’s literary prowess by reading what else the expert had to say.

Don’t forget that Hunderby airs on Sky Atlantic, and is next broadcast on Thursday at 11pm. For the non-Sky customers out there don’t fret, because you can also pre-order the DVD from the TVO amazon store. Phew!

Hunderbuy!

3 Sep

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Julia Davis’ sublime new costume-drama comedy Hunderby continues apace tonight on Sky Atlantic, and is now available to pre-order on dvd!

The show also features Rufus JonesKevin Eldon, Daniel Lawrence Taylor and three Alex’s – Alex MacQueen, Alexandra Roach and Alexander Armstrong.

The first episode, which aired last week, featured a cameo from Princes In The Tower and narration from Julian Barratt - whilst a forthcoming episode will feature a guest appearance by Barunka O’Shaughnessy too!

Episode two continues to unravel the mystery of Hunderby tonight at 10pm, and the full series will be released on dvd on October 15th.  You can now pre-order the disc via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, and we’ll be bringing you more news on extra features nearer to release.

Preview Peeling: Hunderby

23 Aug

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Monday, 27th August sees the première of Hunderby – the new comedy costume drama from Baby Cow and Julia Davis, airing at 10pm on Sky Atlantic.

The channel has kindly let us catch a sneaky peak of the first episode, and our editor in chief shares his thoughts below.

When a shipwrecked stowaway with a haunted past arrives in the small coastal town of Hunderby, the lives of its inhabitants are set to be changed forever in Julia Davis’ first full length series by her own hand since Nighty Night.

Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, the costume drama also has a whiff of Austin and Bronte about it – with dashing heroes, widowed pastors and a matriarchal housekeeper. Yet, as with Nighty Night, Davis’ blackly comic humour runs through Hunderby’s veins, at times threatening to topple it into Gormenghast levels of absurdity, yet always just about reigning in proceedings thanks to its stellar ensemble cast.

Former IT Crowd and Being Human guest star Alexandra Roach’s gentle Helene is a troubled soul, plagued by memories of a haunted past, only tantalisingly glimpsed in the first episode. Washing up on Hunderby during the lengthy prologue (narrated by our very own Julian Barratt), she is soon wed to puritanical man of the cloth, Edmund, brilliantly portrayed by Alex MacQueen (Four Lions, The Wrong Door, The Thick Of It).

As Edmund MacQueen is every bit the stuffy, put-upon gentlemen, who mourns for his dead wife, enjoys breasts, and yearns for his bubbly milk. By contrast, TVO regular Rufus Jones is every bit the polar opposite as Doctor Fogherty. A dashing man, made entirely of bravado, horsemanship, artistic skills and a good way with avian pets, he nevertheless longs wistfully for Helene the moment he sees her. Continue reading

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