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, including Paul Foot’s live retrospectives, première details for Aaaaaaah!Katy Brand‘s new book pledge and the return of Brian Pern, click here.

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.


© 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.

Hoff the Record

© UKTV / Me & You Productions / Ollie Upton

© UKTV / Me & You Productions / Ollie Upton

Thursdays, 9pm, Dave

Mockumentary following the fictional exploits of Nightrider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, co-starring Fergus Craig. Guest stars include Tim DownieSteve OramAnna Crilly and Simon Greenall.

For Hoff the Record coverage, CLICK HERE.

Doll and Em

© Sky Atlantic / HBO

© Sky Atlantic / HBO

Wednesdays, 10:10pm, Sky Atlantic

Comedy drama featuring Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer as exaggerated versions of themselves, as they struggle with fame and friendship.

For Doll & Em coverage, CLICK HERE.


© Baby Cow / UKTV / Topher McGrillis

© Baby Cow / UKTV / Topher McGrillis

Tuesdays, 9pm, Dave

An undercover cop investigates an Armenian crime syndicate in Dave’s stylish looking sitcom featuring Daniel Rigby and Sarah Alexander, directed by Dave Lambert.

For Undercover coverage, CLICK HERE.

Man Down

© Channel 4 / Shamil Tanna

© Channel 4 / Shamil Tanna

Mondays, 9pm, Channel 4

Greg Davies stars as a socially inept, immature teacher alongside Stephanie Cole and Roisin Conaty in Channel 4’s cult sitcom, produced by Spencer Millman.

For Man Down coverage, CLICK HERE.

Horrible Histories

© Lion TV / Laura Rawlinson

© Lion TV / Laura Rawlinson

Mondays, 5pm, 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.


From time to time, TVO catches up with our regulars to find out what’s making them tick. The six 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.

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