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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.

Onion Land Catch Up

11 Mar

The past week has seen a smattering of TVO regulars make appearances across television and radio we didn’t have chance to warn you about ahead of transmission, plus a couple of shows you should already be watching have been airing too.

As such, we thought it prudent to give you a quick catch-up, starting with the incredibly popular detective comedy drama Jonathan Creek. The show, starring Alan Davies as the titular sleuth, returned for it’s fifth series recently, with Davies now accompanied by his new co-star (and comedy legend) Sarah Alexander.

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Episode two, The Sinner And The Sandman, featured James Bachman as Rev Hugh Chater, whose vicarage is being plagued by tales of a strange hump-backed beast that has been seen prowling in the garden by night.  You can see the episode for yourselves via iPlayer now, and it’s also available to pre-order on dvd now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store for release next week!

Elsewhere, another veteran of Ealing Live cropped up on topical discussion show Loose Ends on Radio Four.  The show’s usual presenter, Clive Anderson, was absent, but in his place were Nikki Bedi and Emma Freud – who pronounced over a panel of very talented women.

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Film director Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham), actress Imelda Staunton (Pyschoville) and artist Victoria Melody joined our very own Katy Brand on the panel. Brand was discussing her long awaited crowd-sourced novel, Brenda Monk Is Funny, which can still be ordered over yonder. If you want to jump straight to Katy, you can find her 39 minutes, 40 seconds in on iPlayer now.

Sticking with the Beeb for a moment, let’s not forget that Inside No. 9 - the latest stroke of genius from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – is almost at an end, with Episode Six airing this Wednesday (12th March).  Previous episodes – including appearances by Katherine Parkinson and Julia Davies amongst others, can be seen again via iPlayer now.

© BBC / Des Willie

© BBC / Des Willie

Inside No. 9 is also available on dvd as of next Monday, with pre-orders possible now via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.  Shearsmith & Pemberton are also undertaking a dvd signing at HMV Oxford Street on March 20th, so if you want a chance to tell them how great the show is, and get a squiggle on your box, that’s as good a time as any.

That’s not the only BBC2 comedy of the moment to have TVO connections. The glorious Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle returned recently, and the inimitable comic genius is regularly grilled each week by Chris Morris in-between chunks of his stand-up routines.  Regular collaborators Kevin Eldon and Paul Putner are also involved, appearing in sketches at the end of every episode.

© BBC / Colin Hutton

© BBC / Colin Hutton

The first two – focusing on Shillbottle and a certain “political” party – are available to watch on iPlayer now, and we’ll keep you posted on an eventual dvd release.

Finally, for now, whilst we recently bid goodbye to House Of Fools, The Life Of Rock and The Midnight Beast, there are two other very fine shows featuring TVO regulars still underway on Sky channels.

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© Baby Cow

Moone Boy is currently airing on Sky One, and features co-creator/writer Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of a young boy in early 90s Ireland. A delightful little gem, this show has quite rightly won almost every award thrown at it, and if you can’t catch up via Sky Go, you can at least pre-order the dvd release, due out on March 31st.

Whilst it hasn’t yet won any awards, it would be criminal if the critically acclaimed Doll And Em doesn’t pick some up before the year is out.

© King Bee Productions / Sky Living HD / HBO

© King Bee Productions / Sky Living HD / HBO

Currently airing on Sky Atlantic, the show features Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer as hyper-exaggerated versions of themselves, and features cameo appearances from big name Hollywood stars as well as Tom Meeten, Laura Patch and Noel Fielding.

Again, the show is available on Sky Go, but there’s sadly no sign of a dvd release yet. It’s due to air on HBO shortly, so perhaps we’ll hear more then. Stay peeled… and if you see any shows with our regulars we miss, do get in touch so we can spread the word!

Watch The Return Of Moone Boy Now!

3 Feb

As reported last week, the first episode of Moone Boy  is now available to watch online ahead of Series Two later this month.

The show, featuring Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of a young boy in rural Ireland in the late 80s, returns to SkyOne HD on Monday 17th February at 9pm, but you can see the first episode to get you prepped below.

The whole second series is now available to pre-order on dvd now via The Velvet Onion Amazon UK Store, with an expected release date of March 14th.  The show also has a new official Facebook page, so keep an eye on it for exclusive content very soon.

MooneTube For Series Two

30 Jan
© Baby Cow

© Baby Cow

Smash hit sitcom Moone Boy is set to return for a second series next month, and fans of the show will have a special chance to watch the first episode ahead of transmission.

The show is the brainchild of Chris O’Dowd, who co-writes the show with Nick Vincent Murphy, and following a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning first series, it was always expected the show would return.

For those not in the know, O’Dowd stars as Sean Murphy, the best friend of David Rawle’s character, Martin Moone.  Together they get into all sorts of hilarious japes and unusual hi-jinx, and Sean always has some friendly advise for his friend – or a banjo tune to keep him happy.  Except Martin is a schoolboy, and Sean… well, he’s imaginary.

Originally spun-off the back of anthology series Little Crackersthe show has been an international hit, with a series of children’s books on the way, and a third series planned ahead of the new run.

Series Two is set to air from Monday 17th February at 9pm on SkyOne HD, however, fans will be able to see the first episode for free this weekend via Sky’s own YouTube channel!  In a move targeted at non-subscribers, everyone in the UK will be able to access the episode ahead of transmission.

If you still don’t fancy subscribing to Sky, the whole second series is available to pre-order on dvd now via The Velvet Onion Amazon UK Store, with an expected release date of March 14th.

For more details on Series Two, including an episode break-down, visit our friends at The British Comedy Guide.

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

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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Moone Boy To Be Published

11 Dec

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Moone Boy, the TV sitcom co-written by and starring Chris O’Dowd, is to become a series of children’s books.

Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired the rights to two Moone Boy novels for what’s been described as a “substantial six-figure sum”. Publisher Venetia Gosling said of the deal, “I loved the first Moone Boy TV series and saw immediately how well the characters and scenarios could work in book form.”

The first book will be published in the Autumn of next year, and the second book in the following year, 2015. They will be aimed at children aged 8 years and over and will feature illustrations by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish animation company.

Fans of the TV show haven’t been forgotten, with the second due to start on Sky1 early next year and a third series already filmed.

Onions At The Emmys!

9 Oct

TVO is pleased to hear that both Rhys Thomas and Chris O’Dowd have been nominated for International Emmy Awards!

Moone Boy: © 2 Entertain / Baby Cow Productions / Sky Comedy | The Great Pretender: © Mercury Songs Limited / Eagle Rock Entertainment

O’Dowd’s sitcom Moone Boy, soon set to return for a second series, has been nominated for the International Emmy for Comedy – an award previously won by The IT Crowd back in 2008.  It faces competition from South African show Late Night News with Loyiso Gola, French show Workingirls and Brazilian series How To Enjoy The End Of The World.  It recently won the IFTA for Best Entertainment.

Elsewhere, Thomas has been nominated for the second year running in the category of Arts Programming, for his Rose D’or winning documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender.  That film was a follow up to his previously nominated documentary, Queen: Days Of Our Lives made in collaboration with Simon Luton.

Rhys’s competition this time around are Hello?! Orchestra [South Korea], Soundtrack [Belgium] and Multiple Views: La Máquina Loca (The Crazy Machine) from Mexico.

Winners will be announced at a star-studded Gala in New York, on November 25th, and gents… our fingers are crossed for ya!

If you’ve not seen either piece, the Emmy-nominated Moone Boy and the Emmy-nominated The Great Pretender (we love saying that!), are available now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

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.

© Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

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.

Tony Law’s Cat Jumped Over The Moone, Boy!

3 Apr

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Tony Law is one of a number of big names at Sky’s The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Ireland this Summer – and those attending can be the first to see a new episode of Moone Boy too!

The festival takes place across five days – from Thursday, May 30th to Monday, June 3rd – in Kilkenny, and will feature some of the finest names in comedy.

Amongst those is TVO’s very own Tony Law, who’ll be bringing his surrealist charms to Langton’s Ballroom on May 31st and June 2nd.

On the first night, he’ll be joined by David O’Doherty, Bec Hill and Anthony King, whereas his second evening sees him share the bill with Hill, Barry Murphy, Fred Cooke and Dead Boss and Fit star Aisling Bea.  For more info on his shows, including ticket links, click here!

With the likes of Dylan Moran, Abandoman, Rich Hall, Simon Munnery, Holly Walsh and many more on the bill, it’s guaranteed to be a great festival – and it now has the added bonus of the worldwide première of Moone Boy Series 2!

© Baby Cow / Sky

The award winning sitcom written by and starring Chris O’Dowd will be on show, alongside a cast and crew Q&A featuring Chris and his co-writer Nick Vincent Murphy, with more guests to be announced.

Tickets for this special event are available now, priced just €15.  There’s currently no news on a definite air date for the new series, so if you’re a) in Ireland and b) desperate to see more of Martin Moone and his imaginary friend Sean Murphy, there’s no excuse for you not to be here.

Don’t forget that Series One is currently available on dvd via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, now for the measly sum of just £7.75!  You can read our preview of Episode One right here, and for the full line-up of artists, shows and events at The Cat Laughs, pop over yonder now!

Hayden At The Oscars

24 Feb
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© meivio.com

Hayden Black will be commenting on the Oscars live from Hollywood later today!

The show Oscars Live & Loud will be broadcast live on the front page of Ustream and mevio.com from 3pm PT to 9pm PT including the red carpet and award show itself.

Hayden will be co-hosting from a special Tweet Suite at the W Hotel, from which he and others will be live Tweeting comments about the proceedings. They will also be shown live during the broadcast. Follow their tweets at #wliveandloud.

Among Hayden’s fellow Tweeters will be comedians Wendy Wason and Tara Flynn who TVO readers may recognise from Moone Boy, Time Trumpet and Pixelface.

If you’re wondering what Hayden and his co-hosts will be wearing, they are being dressed by fashion designer Mila Fargo.

IFTA For Chris

10 Feb

The 10th annual Irish Film and Television Awards were announced in the Convention Centre in Dublin last night.

Chris O’Dowd won the Best Entertainment Award for Moone Boy at the star-studded ceremony.

The show, which was nominated in five categories, features a 12-year-old Boyle lad (David Rawle) and his imaginary pal (O’Dowd). The second series is in production and a third series has already been commissioned by Sky 1.

For more information and all the winners check the RTE Website.

Fans of Chris can also catch him in Girls from HBO on DVD and Blu-Ray available from TVO Store.

(Picture © rte.ie)

The Nominations Are ….

7 Feb

© Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

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.

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.

© Baby Cow / Sky

© 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!

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.

Common(ion) People

11 Oct

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The televisual resurgence in new wave comedy has had a surprising beacon of shiny awesomeness over the last twelve months, in the form of Sky Atlantic – and that association looks set to continue apace with the announcement of Common People.

An eleven part series of comedy shorts directed by Dave LambertCommon People is planned as a mockumentary style peek into the ordinary lives of some unusual people.

Naturally, much like previous Sky series Little Crackers, its makers are drawing upon the excellent reserve of talents we have here in Onion land.

Katy Brand will be writing and starring in Eleanor Popplewell - which will tell the story of the titular character’s beloved organic shop slash café, which goes out of business and faces a takeover from greasy spoon owner Tony.

Tony has a serious thing for Eleanor, but will she ever see things from his point of view?  There’s currently no word on who else will be in this short, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for any developments just in case Katy draws on her friends on these pages!

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Meanwhile, Brand’s former Mongrels co-star Rufus Jones, will be crafting away on short film Scoundrels alongside occasional collaborator Dan Skinner (perhaps best known for his alter ego Angelos Epithemiou).

It will tell the story of an ex-city banker, Bill (Jones), who fell from grace after accusations of embezzling.  Now lives with his brother Sinclair (Skinner), Bill must stop his sibling from revealing all to his wife, Francesca.

Another short in the series has TVO links – as the living legend that is Jessica Hynes takes her cameo appearance in Moone Boy and turns it into a full blooded misadventure called Politically Incorrect.

Having perfected the art of getting away with terrible decisions in work and real life, and approaching the menopause on mixed medication, Local Councillor Patricia David manages to dodge professional bullets with sheer luck and a talent for being… somewhere else!

© Dave Lambert

Other shorts in the series will feature the likes of Johnny Vegas, Simon Day, Charles Dance, Tom Davis, Jose Lawrence, Annette Crosby, Alex Lowe, Linda Robson, double-act Totally Tom,  Big Train‘s Amelia Bullmore, and How Not To Live Your LifeHunderby star Daniel Lawrence Taylor.

To further links to TVO, the show will be produced by stalwarts BabyCow, and directed by Dave Lambert - Boosh documentary maker extraordinaire who recently helmed Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life.

We can’t wait.  Common People looks set to air in January, and we’ll be bringing you more news closer to transmisison.  In the meantime, check out the full story over yonder with our friends at The British Comedy Guide.

Over The Moone!

16 Sep

Chris O’Dowd‘s new sitcom, Moone Boy, featuring a 12 year old Boyle lad and his imaginary pal, has been raking in the media coverage! Ever helpful, we thought we’d collate it here and offer up a warm rosy glow for Sunday bellies. Just click on the links to read the full articles:

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First up, Chris himself was interviewed in The Telegraph a couple of days ago. In the article they discuss the new series, growing up in Ireland in a family of older sisters, and his charmed relationship with Holly wood. To read it in full click here. He was also interviewed in this week’s Radio Times, Shortlist, and What’s On TV. Phew! Then there’s a a wee interview in the Galway Independent with Chris’ brother, John O’Dowd, who also appears in the show.

The reviews that followed Friday’s series launch have generally been very positive; The Guardian described the show as “A granite-solid winner…sculpted with charm, knowingness and a canny ability to lift from tradition while delivering fresh unpredicatability at every turn.” The Mirror described it as, “Friday’s must-see TV”, while The Independent‘s reviewer is slightly less prone to superlatives, saying the show is, “A bit Beano”, and adding, “Presumably meant to be nostalgic, sweet entertainment for adults, it’s perhaps too successful at inhabiting the kidult mindframe.” But that’s about as negative as it gets!

Entertainment.ie says, “Moone Boy manages to mix unbridled childhood innocence with an underbelly of latent inappropriateness, which – in essence – was Ireland in the 80s.” And even The Mail gives it a thumbs up! With Time Out, the Radio Times also praising the show, we’re looking forwards to seeing how the series develops next week, following Steve Coogan’s scene-stealing turn in episode 2. You can watch Moone Boy on Sky1 at 9.30pm on Fridays.

And if you’ve still not had your fill of reviews, why not read our preview write-up here?

From IT To LA

14 Sep

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With Chris O’Dowd‘s new show Moone Boy set to begin this evening on Sky 1, Radio Times have taken a moment to celebrate some highlights of Chris’ career.

Their singled out choices are The IT Crowd, The Boat That Rocked and Bridesmaids – the latter being the film that propelled O’Dowd to stardom in the US, and the former being fully fledged TVO classics.  We’re glad to see we’re not the only ones giving The Boat That Rocked some belated love.

You can see what Radio Times have to say over yonder, check back on our reviews of The IT Crowd and The Boat That Rocked by clicking on the appropriate titles, and see what we made of the first episode of Moone Boy right here, ahead of it’s debut tonight at 9:30pm on Sky 1.

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