In series-universe, The Velvet Onion was a happening nightclub frequented by Vince Noir and his cohorts. In reality, the name is all the more fitting, as the many layers of our sphere of interest spread outwards like a great big comedic group-hug.
So we’re particularly excited that a fellow we at TVO have a lot of time for, Tim Minchin, will be appearing in a new BBC sitcom pilot, 88 Keys, which has a number of ties back to what we call Onion Land.
First off, it co-stars the sublime Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, Bad Sugar, Phonejacker), and is written by the immense talent that is Jon Brown – who wrote a substantial chunk of Mongrels and forthcoming flick Cuban Fury.
The show is also coming from the splendid folk at Big Talk - who were responsible for Sightseers, The World’s End, Spaced and lots more, with the producer of those classics, Nira Park, on board. Set to direct is Martin Dennis, who has the likes of How Not To Live Your Life, Black Books, Men Behaving Badly and even Allo Allo on his impressive cv.
Set to feature Minchin as Charlie the cocktail pianist stuck in the Carlton Arms Hotel with grand ambitions, and Novak will be the hotel’s regular barman. It all sounds rather intriguing, and we’re sure it’s going to be a show most of you will be itching to see. A non-broadcast pilot will hopefully be followed by a full series commission, so stay peeled for more info as and when we get it.
For more details, visit The Guardian’s article over yonder.