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From Boosh To Bear: Paul King In The Guardian

24 Mar
© Ernesto Ruscio / Getty Images Europe

© Ernesto Ruscio / Getty Images Europe

Paul King, director of The Mighty Boosh, and more recently Paddington, spoke to The Guardian newspaper yesterday.

We’ve always thought that Paul King is a bit of a hero – well, look at the wonders he has brought us over the years: Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the Boosh and Bunny & The Bull.  And now it looks like the rest of the world is catching up: Paddington is now the second highest-grossing non-Hollywood family film ever, passing £170m at the global box office. And the DVD which was released yesterday is already No 1 on the Amazon chart (with the Blu-ray at No 4).  So the Guardian decided to mark the occasion with a chat with the man himself.

Paul doesn’t talk to the press that often, so it’s nice to get the chance to hear what he has to say about what he does. In the interview, he talks about how the initial resistance he experienced to his plans for Paddington (“The world does not always greet the announcement of a CGI reboot with great enthusiasm.”), and why he thinks it has been so phenomenally popular. As he says: “Paddington is a misty-eyed film about inclusiveness and the ability of people to transcend birth and come together and be terribly nice and fluffy to each other. And so it’s nice to see that fluffiness in the real world.”

To read the article in full click here. And to procure the Paddington movie for yourself, visit TVO’s amazon store for the DVD (£9.99) and Blu-ray (£12.99) editions.

Own Part Of A Movie

27 Mar

We enjoy being the bearer of news for you lovely lot via this here website, but we feel a special kind of joy when we discover something random and just a bit ridiculous that we can share with you!

© Prop Store

May we introduce you to Prop Store, a website that offers a whole array of weird and wonderful prop from films and TV shows, some of them TVO-related! The only downside is that some of them are on the (very) expensive side, but for a piece of one-off authentic film memorabilia, perhaps they’re worth saving up for.

First off, take a look at the item above. It’s the rocket launcher from Four Lions which was used by Omar in Pakistan at a terrorist training camp. He misfires this particular rocket and kills his follow terrorists in the process. Somewhat bizarrely, due to the Violent Crime Reduction Bill, the item is only for sale to people who reside outside the UK. If that’s you, the rocket launcher can be yours for the princely sum of £595/$809. For more information click here.

There are also some lovely newspaper props from Bunny & The Bull (plus a script for just £20!), Chris O’Dowd‘s name tag from Bridesmaids,  and a whole range of props from The Boat That Rocked. If you spend a bit more time snooping around, you’ll probably find more.

Enjoy – and start saving!

A Sneaky Peek At WarpFilms10

4 Nov

© Warp Films / Golden

A few months ago, we told you about the forthcoming WarpFilms10 boxset from seminal film production company Warp.  Made to celebrate the company’s tenth birthday, this deluxe presentation of some of their finest work over the past decade including a number of big movies from Onion Land.

The limited edition Book and DVD Set features exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials, plus ten key productions from the Warp legacy.

To make it even more sweet, the book contains a foreword by Chris Hewitt of Film 2013 fame, and an exclusive interview with Warp Films creative bods Mark Herbert and Steve Beckett.

In chronological order, the set features: Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny And The BullFour LionsSubmarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.

Mark Herbert, who also produced Four Lions and Submarine, will be signing and hand-numbering the first 1000 copies, to make the set even more collectible.  It will only be available on dvd, sadly (no blu-ray copies it seems for some reason!), and will retail at £95, but pre-orders can currently be placed for just £80.

It’s money well spent, we feel, and you can join the elite club of owners of this gorgeous bit of kit over yonder.  But just in case you needed any further persuasion, the good folk at Warp have very kindly sent us this exclusive preview of one of the book’s spreads on Bunny And The Bull – featuring previously unseen production stills featuring Edward HoggSimon FarnabyJulian Barratt and director Paul King.  Just click on the preview below to see a bigger version… enjoy.

© Warp Films / Golden

© Warp Films / Golden

Historical Hogg

17 Sep

Edward Hogg (Bunny & The Bull)  appears in a new film about Mary Queen of Scots which has been shown at the Toronto International Film festival (TIFF)

Directed by Zurich-born Thomas Imbach, Mary Queen of Scots uses both English and French throughout, and utilises a series of voice-over monologues to progress the narrative.  It’s dark , brooding and looks just a little bit bonkers! You can see a trailer for the movie below:

Hogg was the first actor signed for the film and plays the part of Moray; Mary herself is played by Camille Rutherford. The Guardian described the production as “A sympathetic psychological portrait set to be an art-house hit” and Piers Handling of TIFF said of it, “What consistently impresses is the absolute ‘rightness’ of everything in this film. It is amongst the most thrilling treatments of a historical subject I have ever seen. “

There’s currently no release date confirmed, but when we hear of one we’ll be sure to let you know.



24 Jul

Seminal film production company Warp are celebrating their tenth birthday this year, and film buffs and collectors can savour a very special presentation of some of their finest work over the past decade, including a number of big movies from Onion Land.

© Warp Films / Golden

WarpFilms10 is a deluxe limited edition Book and DVD Set, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and unreleased archive materials, plus ten key productions.  To make it even more sweet, the book contains a foreword by Chris Hewitt of Film 2013 fame, and an exclusive interview with Warp Films creative bods Mark Herbert and Steve Beckett.

The ten films included, in chronological order, are: Dead Man’s Shoes, This Is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny And The BullFour LionsSubmarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.

Mark Herbert, who also produced Four Lions and Submarine, will sign and hand-number the first 1000 copies, to make the set even more collectible.  It will only be available on dvd, sadly (no blu-ray copies it seems for some reason!), and will retail at £95, but pre-orders can currently be placed for just £80.  Money well spent, we feel, and you can join the elite club of owners of this gorgeous bit of kit over yonder.

Latest On Paddington Bear

9 Jun


Since way back when we’ve been bringing you occasional updates about Paul King‘s feature-legth adaptation of Paddingon Bear.

The director of The Mighty Boosh and Bunny & The Bull has been associated with the project for some time, and now news is emerging that the two lead roles have been filled. Hugh Laurie is rumoured to be in line for the voice of (animated) Paddington, while Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, is in negotiations to play the live-action role of Henry Brown, the father figure in Paddington’s adopted family.

Brilliant though Laurie is, for those of us  brought up on a diet of Paddington Bear cartoons in the 1970’s, we’ll miss the familiar voice of Charlie Adler as the titular bear!

Filming is due to begin this Autumn, so it sounds like production of the film is finally off the ground. It remains to be seen whether King will be bringing any of his Boosh or Bunny & the Bull buddies into the project, but we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open on your behalf for any further reports.

End The Month With The Comedian

30 May

© Trinity Filmed Entertainment

A new feature film, The Comedian, featuring Edward Hogg, is release in UK cinemas tomorrow, 31st May.

In case you can’t quite place the name, Hogg comes with two TVO connections: he played the fretful Stephen in Bunny & The Bull and he also played the part of Henry in the series Dead Boss.

In this film Hogg stars as stand-up comedian Ed, failing to make it on the London comedy circuit. He spends his nights performing in small rooms above pubs and his days trying to earn a living at a call centre.

The film focuses on Ed’s passionate affair with a man he meets on a night bus, which forces him to make a choice between his attraction to a man and his love for a woman.

Director Tom Shkolnik, filmed his debut feature on the streets of London to a specific set of rules: including only using natural light, just one take per scene and improvising without a script. It’s an approach that should certainly make for an interesting viewing experience.

To celebrate the release of The Comedian London folk can enjoy a special screening at the Curzon Soho tomorrow at 6.45pm. In addition to the film itself, there will also be intro and post-screening drinks with the Director & cast members, Edward Hogg, Elisa Lasowski and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. To book tickets for this event click here. If you fancy seeing the film but you’re not able to not able to go to the special screening, please check your local cinema listings for information about general screening times.

If you’d like to find out more about The Comedian (and to see clips, reviews and photos) take a look at the film’s website. In the meantime, why not check out the trailer below?


Ralfe Band Reminder

7 Sep

© Ralfe Band

We mentioned it a while back, but don’t forget that the Ralfe Band will be appearing as part of the bill at The Lexington in London on Tuesday 11th September.

If you haven’t encountered their music and you’re wondering what their connection to the world of TVO is, Oly Ralfe has appeared in The Mighty Boosh, the band created the soundtrack for Paul King‘s Bunny and The Bull, and Oly filmed and directed the Boosh tour documentary Journey of the Childmen. So quite a TVO pedigree. Plus, their music is enchantingly beautiful – which is even more of a reason to check them out.

Ralfe Band will be performing alongside Piney Gir and Correatown on the night. Tickets are only £7 and the gig starts at 7.30pm. For more information and tickets click here.

Bunny & The Beast

20 May

Many of you may already be familiar with the internet-based comedy band, The Midnight Beast. What you may not have noticed is Simon Farnaby guesting on the webisodes!

© The Midnight Beast

For the uninitiated over a certain age, TMB is a British comedy band, arguably most famous for their YouTube cover-parody of the 2009 single TiK ToK by American pop artist Ke$ha The group consists of its three founding members, Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne.

The Midnight Beast has now been adapted to a TV series for E4, and Farnaby’s involvement  in the show is reported to be continuing. If its Booshniverse credentials were in any doubt, the series is being overseen by producer Mary Burke, whose previous credits include the films Submarine and Bunny and the Bull. Furthermore, it’s being produced by Warp (production company of many TVO filmic favourites)!

The TV series follow the band as they try to claw their way towards pop stardom. We’ll see the band having to cope with day-to-day challenges like sharing a dingy East London flat and trying to impress girls when they have no cash and one of them has to sleep in the kitchen. All this will be interspersed with their music videos.

Transmission is currently fixed for Summer 2012.

The Man Who Brings Noel’s Dreams to Life

23 Jan

© Unknown

As we count down the days until Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy hits the telly waves we thought it was about time one of the more reticent stars of the show was introduced to the spotlight. Nigel Coan is the director and animator behind the series, and is therefore responsible for the unenviable task of bringing the dream world inside Noel Fielding’s head onto the small screen.  Ahead of our exclusive interview with the director later this week, for those of you who don’t know much about him, please permit us to fill in the gaps:

Trained in graphic design, Coan was on the same art course at Buckingham University as Noel Fielding and Dave Brown, and shared a student house with them. Since then he’s enjoyed a successful career as an animator, and is probably best known amongst Boosh fans for creating the endearing character of the Moon out of little more than a can of shaving foam (and a willing victim).


Coan has been collaborating with his partner (and the inspiration for the voice of the Moon), Ivana Zorn, since 2000. After initial forays into animated work for corporate clients, the charm of their work trickled through to the television and music industries. In addition to animating the Moon on the Boosh, Coan and Zorn are also responsible for many of the animated sequences in the show, including the back stories for Charlie Bubblegum and the Crack Fox, amongst others. Their approach seems to sit well with the distinctive style of Noel’s character illustrations. They have also collaborated with Dave Brown to create the joyfully intricate menu screens on both the Future Sailors’ and the Series 3 DVDs.
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2011 Pops Off With a Bang!

8 Jan

The final months of 2011 were an exciting time for the Booshniverse. Join us for now for the final instalment of our four-part retrospective as we relive it all over again. . .



October began buzzing with Booshy delights. The month’s start saw previews for the upcoming 25th series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.  Meanwhile, Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher continued on their North American Snuff Box DVD tour in Canada, Los Angeles, and Fulcher in NYC.

While London Madcaps prepared to get their books scribbled by Noel Fielding and Dave Brown, the BBC were busy at work filming the Victorian spoof drama Bleak Old Shop of Stuff. The series, starring TVO regulars Katherine Parkinson and James Bachman, as well as Stephen Fry, is meant to start airing in the New Year. The Sightseers, the Alice Lowe/Steve Oram film collaboration was also underway by mid-October. For the nostalgic at heart, cult DJ extrodinaire Pogo released “Zoo Zoo”, a Mighty Boosh mash-up.


The first of four TVO Scribblings wristband competitions was announced, with peelers in London, and soon thereafter Edinburgh vying for guaranteed admission to meet the Shambletons. Psycho Delia mixed some tunes, and IAMX fans were pleased to see the band’s triumphant return to a London stage in one hell of a show! Friend of TVO, Hayden Black, saw Goodnight Burbank, his series that started as webisodes with cameos from the likes of Rich Fulcher and John Barrowman, make its North American televisual debut. Familiar face Alan Partridge, the infamous alter ego of Steve Coogan, announced his returning to both radio and TV.

© Steve Agee

Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet was unveiled, Booshy jaunts included! Lucky American peelers got the opportunity to catch the Matt Berry/Steve Agee film Angry White Men as it enjoyed a limited release in California and North Carolina. In yet another bout of nostalgia, Vlad the Impaler returned to the handlebars of Serge and the rest of Kasabian’s musical bicycle.

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Spring Back In Time: A Look Back At April-June 2011

2 Jan

So far our review of 2011 has covered January to March. Today we bring you the sequel: April to June. Aaaah, Springtime…the time of fresh starts and new beginnings! And it turned out to be a very busy time in the Booshniverse too!



April started with the news of Chris O’Dowd’s appearance in The Crimson Petal and The White, a Victorian drama adaptation miles away from The IT Crowd! It was a fantastic production with a great cast and Chris was excellent in it.

The London Comedy Writers Festival took place this month, with input from TVO favourites Alice Lowe, Jaqueline Wright and Colin Hoult. It was a very busy month for Alice, she starred in  Tap at the Window, appeared with Antony Elvin at Popcorn Comedy, and had the pilot  Alice’s Wunderland broadcast on BBC Radio 4. At the time we were lucky to bag an interview with her which you can read here. We also reviewed Jackal films 2010 calendar project.

Colin Hoult announced the second New Adventures show and Paul Foot was in Australia, tweeting as he went.

TVO enjoyed a bit of a spring clean itself in April with a revamp of the TVO Amazon store, making it even easier to cater for all your comedy needs!

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Music To Treasure

9 Dec

© Ralfe Band

These days the kids download their music from iTunes (I believe). But there are still a few of us fogeys around who love a nice bit of vinyl. And we love it even more if it’s in a gatefold sleeve.

The wonderful Bunny & The Bull soundtrack by The Ralfe Band is now available on vinyl in a limited edition numbered gatefold sleeve. It costs £12 and there are only 300 of these lovely musical treasures available; shipping is worldwide.

To read a 5-star write up from a surprised reviewer take a look at Norman Records review here. And to order your copy click here. Go on, what are you waiting for?

Editor’s Note: Oliver Ralfe will be performing live at the Union Chapel in London tomorrow, Saturday 10th December. The gig is a Daylight Music event and starts at 12noon. What’s more it’s free! For more information visit the Facebook page.

More Horrible Awards!

1 Dec
© Lion TV/Citrus Television

As we mentioned previously, Horrible Histories was nominated for Comedy, Writing, Performer and Kids TV awards at the Children’s Baftas and we are pleased to announce that they won Best Comedy at the ceremony on Sunday.

Simon Farnaby was there along with the rest of the cast, to pick up the award and he spoke to heyuguys about Horrible Histories, Bunny and The Bull and most intriguing of all, about a script he is writing with Julian Barratt called Mindhorn about a detective!

For a full list of nominees and winners pop over to the Bafta Website.

Meet You At The Ralfe Band

29 Oct
© Pascal Amoyel

Canadian website have included The Ralfe Band on their list of free music downloads for the week!

The two songs offered, Atlantis Rising and Fiesta Song, were first heard as part of the soundtrack of Bunny And The Bull. Click here to access the downloads, you’ll find Oly’s familiar mug by scrolling down a bit, and links to access the free songs are on the site.

Bunny And The Bull, The Original Soundtrack, will be released in North America on 8th November on CD, Vinyl, and will be available for download while its original UK release and the film are available now in The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.  

A Velvet Weekend

28 Oct

© Warp X / Optimum Films

What with Halloween being on the most awkward day of the week, we at TVO have been wondering what to do with ourselves this coming spooky weekend and have found there to be a plethora of Booshdom goodies on throughout.

Of course, in true Boosh form, this schedule is more suitable for our vampire/insomniac readers but here is our TV Guide of all that’s in store this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight you can find the lovely Paul King‘s Bunny & The Bull being repeated tonight at 00.10 (a good way to gear you up for Ed Hogg’s performance in Anonymous). We’re sure Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt feel more than comfortable in this air-time slot.
If you still haven’t seen this film, it is well worth staying up for and you can read our review of it right here. If this is too far past your bedtime then you can of course grab it in our shop.

On Sunday and Monday mornings, BBC3 is having a Mongrels marathon from 01.50 until 03.50! Remember to set that coffee machine early for some gloriously  rude, potty-mouthed fun! The entire first series will be aired and then the first episode will be repeated again in a loop at 03.50. We can’t say why, but we can’t complain.

© Channel 4

In true Halloween form it wouldn’t be the perfect October weekend without Dead Set – Charlie Brooker’s (writer of Nathan Barley) reality tv zombie-spoof. Also Starring Kevin Eldon and with as much blood and killings as you could wish for. This starts at 23.40 on E4, Sunday night.

Lastly, this wouldn’t be our kind of TV Guide if we didn’t have to give you a good old ultimatum. Over on More 4 they are offering you a Graham Lineham package where from 23.40 you can see Father Ted, IT Crowd, then Black Books back-to-back.

It’s a tricky choice but whichever decision you choose to make you can always find any of these in our Amazon shop and all of Lineham’s shows are available to watch on 4OD whenever you want.

Then, on Halloween night Never Mind The Buzzcocks returns! We’re overly excited by this episode especially as Paul Foot is making his glorious return to the show! This starts at 10pm Monday evening and as usual, we will be chattering away to all of you lovely lot for our TVO Tweet View (#NMTB) which will be kicking off as soon as the show starts so do follow us and join in the fun!

Take a look at a clip below and if you have plans, naturally, you can catch up with this episode for 7 days after it airs on BBC iPlayer.

Enjoy the weekend with our Oniony Guide and let us know what your plans are!

Anonymous Release

26 Oct

© Sony Pictures

The blockbuster Elizabethan drama Anonymous is released in theatres nationwide this weekend.

We first told you about the film’s release back in April, as its ensemble cast, spearheaded by Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower, Rafe Spall and Sir Derek Jacobi also features our very own Tony Way as poet Thomas Nashe, and Bunny & The Bull star Edward Hogg as Robert Cecil, the First Earl of Salisbury.

A political thriller by director Roland Emerich, which is based upon the numerous theories that Shakespeare was not the real author of his plays, the film has been recieving mostly positive reviews – including comments on Hogg’s “stand-out” performance from The Guardian, which US based magazine Variety described as “disturbingly chalky” and “delicious”.  However, not all critics have been kind to the film, with Empire giving it only 2 out of 5 stars in their review.

Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, the film received its UK premier earlier this week.  With such polarising reviews, perhaps it is best if peelers make up their own mind about Anonymous, which they can do in cinemas from tomorrow.

Anonymous in Toronto

3 Sep

© 2011 Columbia TriStar

Ahead of its theatrical releases in October, Anonymous premieres at the forthcoming Toronto International Film Festival later this month.

A political thriller by director Roland Emerich, the film advances the theory that Shakespeare was not the author of his plays. The drama is set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex Rebellion against her. We first told you about it back in April, as it features Tony Way as Thomas Nashe and Edward Hogg (pictured right) as Robert Cecil. Bunny And The Bull fans will recognise Hogg from his role as Stephen, Bunny’s best friend.

Anonymous will be showing at TIFF on 11th, 12th and 17th September. If you like your history served up with a large helping of big-screen drama, it’s well worth a look. For full details of the screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and to purchase tickets visit TIFF’s website.

To view the movie’s three (yes three!) trailers click here.  It is released in cinemas in the UK and US from October 28th.

Bunny And The American Bull

29 Apr

© Warp X / Optimum Films

Great news for all our Stateside peelers! Bunny and The Bull has finally been released on DVD in the US.

Bunny and The Bull is a film about Steven Turnbull, a man with OCD who hasn’t ventured outside his house ever since he returned home from a European road trip with his best friend Bunny. The film is a visual delight and tells the story by looking back at what caused him to become a hermit.

The main characters are played by Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby and Veronica Echegui but Paul King’s film is chock-full of Boosh connected people, including Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Rich Fulcher and Richard Ayoade.

While UKers have been enjoying Paul King‘s directorial big screen début on DVD since 29 March 2010, America has been neglected… until now.

April 26th marked the day of the American DVD release. You can purchase your Region 1 copy at for $17.99.

Not American but don’t own Bunny and The Bull yet? Don’t worry, you can easily remedy that by going to The Velvet Onion Amazon store where you can find it on both dvd and blu-ray.

It comes highly recommended – this is a film you’ll want to have in your personal collection!

Sod Cancer… Own Film Props!

21 Apr

© Sod Cancer

Do you want a piece of genuine Bunny and the Bull memorabilia?

Would you like to help a good cause at the same time?

Yes?  Then you’re in luck.  Sod Cancer is auctioning props and memorabilia from film and television to raise money for The Everyman Male Cancer Campaign.

On offer is a model of a Swiss hotel featured in Bunny and the Bull. This is the actual prop used in the filming of Paul King‘s masterpiece, and is a truly one of a kind offer that is worth every penny it goes for!

And it’s not the only Booshdom related piece of offer.  There’s also a real prop rocket launcher from a memorable sequence in  Chris Morris’s Four Lions up for grabs, as well as loads more items signed or donated by well known people including Nathan Barley co-writer Charlie Brooker, along with the likes of Harry Hill, Miranda Hart, Robert Webb, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan! Check them out here.


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