Welcome to The Velvet Onion

tvohomelogoA central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy.

Since 2010, TVO has been chronicling the exploits of a range of frequently collaborating artists on both sides of the camera. Initially sprung off the back of celebrated early 00s comedy night Ealing Live, and the simultaneous rise of connected Edinburgh darlings Garth Marenghi and The Mighty Boosh, the group has continued to expand its ad-hoc collaborative relations, bringing in pioneers from the previous generation of comedy greats, and helping develop new, emerging talent.

Many of those initial faces are now as widely recognised names in alternative comedy, as those prestigious talents who helped them along the way, and as the current crop begins its upwards swing towards the mainstream, it’s safe to say the cult of The Velvet Onion remains as strong as ever.  Taking in television, radio, film, stage, print and online, there’s always something going on, and the only solution to staying on top of it is simple: Keep on Peeling.


For all the latest news, click here. Recent stories include:

Dolly Wells joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Father Ted fan-art every single day!

Colin Hoult is Messing with Ouijaboards

How The Mighty Boosh saved a young man’s life!

McQueen to return in the West End

TVO connections in the Bad Education Movie

Hate Mail fundraiser

Noel Fielding at Just For Laughs broadcast

Stuart Silver Goes Behind ‘The Double’

A breakdown of 2015’s Comedy Feeds

The first trailer for Dangermouse

The return of Yonderland

The first trailer for Doctor Who Series Nine

The forthcoming launch of the BBC Store

Kayvan Novak appearing in new film The Last Sparks of Sundown

Free comedy podcasts from Audible

Paul Foot’s live retrospectives

Première details for Aaaaaaah!

Katy Brand‘s new book pledge

The Return of Brian Pern

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter profile for more news as and when we hear about it!thisweek

Here’s what’s coming up over the next 7 days on your TV screens and beyond.


© Mark Johnson / Sky / Working Title Productions

Mondays, 8pm, Sky1

The family-friendly comedic fantasy series from the makers of Horrible Histories returns for a second series. Starring Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Dan Skinner, Mackenzie Crook and Clare Thomson.

For Yonderland coverage, CLICK HERE.


© Channel 4 / AMC / Kudos

© Channel 4 / AMC / Kudos

Sundays, 9pm, Channel Four

The dystopian sci-fi drama featuring Katherine ParkinsonRebecca FrontPaul Kaye and Dan Tetsell in its ensemble cast. 

For Humans coverage, CLICK HERE.

Horrible Histories

© Lion TV / Laura Rawlinson

© Lion TV / Laura Rawlinson

Mondays, 5:20pm, CBBC

Simon Farnaby stars in the smash-hit CBBC comedy, based on the series of educational books. Previous series have also co-starred Alice LoweKaty Wix and the cast of Yonderland and Bill.

For Horrible Histories coverage, CLICK HERE.

Comedy Feeds

© Tiger Aspect / Ollie Upton

© Tiger Aspect / Ollie Upton

Available on iPlayer from 11pm, Monday 13th July

A series of six comedy shorts available exclusively on iPlayer. These include:

Dead Air: featuring Greg James, Tom DavisNico Tatarowicz and music from Waen Shepherd

Fishbowl: featuring Michael Smiley

People Time: featuring Ellie White

For Comedy Feeds coverage, CLICK HERE.

TVO Recommends: Taskmaster



Tuesdays, 10pm, Dave

Greg Davies and Alex Horne set Roisin Conaty, Tim Key, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and Josh Widdicombe random tasks in a bid for comic madness, in this new panel show from Dave.


From time to time, TVO catches up with our regulars – and a few extra curricular types – to find out what’s making them tick. Some of the latest examples are below… for more, visit the Interviews section, or search “Onion Talking“.



From exclusive preview clips and trailers, to our own unique content, TVO like to play with YouTube whenever we can. Here’s our three latest efforts… for more, visit our channel.



We don’t really bother with the rest… yet!


For news specifically about a particular artist, simply click on their lovely faces below.



The Velvet Onion Amazon Store was set up purely to help us pay for our domain name and bandwidth, and any extra treats we set up throughout the year like competitions, videos and the like.  By buying directly from us, you’re helping to keep the site running.  So thanks, buyers.  Thuyers.

New, recent and upcoming releases include…



Tell us what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,150 other followers