December 2012

2012: A Year In Interviews

In 2012 we were lucky enough to get the chance to chat to a few of the artists that we write about on these pages. So here’s a look back at some of the year’s interviews – and the fascinating, colourful and revealing comments that were shared. A big thank you to everyone who [...]

December 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Velvet Onion Calendar 2013

The Velvet Onion is pleased to continue its tradition of a yearly Calendar, available for free download! Once again we’ve been working with a number of our friends both in front of the camera and behind it, to bring you twelve great months to print out and stick up on your wall between [...]

December 31, 2012 // 1 Comment

Steve’s Heading Out

Steve Oram is set to star in Heading Out, written by and starring Sue Perkins. The new sitcom also stars a multitude of comedy names including Dawn French, Jo Scanlan, Mark Heap, Steve Pemberton, Jeff Rawle, Mel Giedroyc, Dominic Coleman, Nicola Walker, Anna Skellern and June Brown! Sue Perkins [...]

December 31, 2012 // 1 Comment

Onion Talking: Laurie Rose

With Sightseers having well and truly made an impact in cinemas across the UK, it now moves across to international waters – opening in Australia and New Zealand this week.  TVO were lucky enough to talk to a number of the cast and crew last month, and now we’ve also found the time to [...]

December 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

Get Mashed Tonight!

Rich Fulcher presents 2012: Mashed on Channel 4 this evening. We first told you about the show earlier this month, which features brand new material from internet legends like Dan Bull, Rob Manuel, Cassetteboy, and David Schneider.   Since then, a number of preview clips have been made [...]

December 28, 2012 // 1 Comment

Berry’s Secret Sounds

Matt Berry and Steve Agee uncover the Secrets of the Sound of The Queens Of The Stone Age. The pair are given access to the recording studio, and chat to band members, as they prepare to record their first studio album in 5 years, . There’s also a dog. And an ear. Catch up with the action [...]

December 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ayoade Returns To Big Fat Quiz 2012

If you’re reading this, chances are that your favourite team on Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of The Year consists of Messrs Fielding and Aoyade. Well thank your lucky stars that the end of year episode will be featuring one of them! Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012 will feature Richard Ayoade [...]

December 26, 2012 // 3 Comments

Caravanning in Oz

Sightseers, the darkly comic paean to caravanning, written by and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, is released today in Australia and New Zealand! If you live in the Southern hemisphere and you’re still not sure that a murderous caravan movie is your cup of tea, take a look at our [...]

December 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Joey Page’s Two Boobs

If you’re feeling the love for Joey Page following his appearance on tonight’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special, please allow us to direct you to more Page-flavoured shenanigans. Joey has released two online videos titled Boob Tube, in which he brings us the least-watched [...]

December 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Christmas Buzzcocks Tonight!

Christmas festivities proper start at 9.30pm tonight with the Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special! Tonight’s show is hosted by the ever delightful Bob Mortimer, and based on the preview clip below it’s going to be a cracker! What’s more, it features not one, but two TVO [...]

December 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Mayan Kalendar Download

The Velvet Onion is pleased to bring you this exclusive teaser from Antony Elvin’s forthcoming radio pilot. Recorded earlier this year, the pilot is written by Elvin and Ben Moody, and co-stars Alice Lowe, Tom Meeten, Stephen Evans, Waen Shepherd and Spencer Jones.  Antony will be [...]

December 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

James Bond(s)

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, celebrates the film series 50th anniversary, and is now the biggest box office success in UK cinema history. What you may not know, is that this is a tricky time for anyone who shares their name with [...]

December 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Psychobitches Returns

One-off sketch show Pyschobitches will return for a full series in 2013. The Sky Arts show features The Day Today legend Rebecca Front as The Therapist – who interviews history’s most famous women about their obsessions and psychoses.  The pilot episode featured Catherine Tate, [...]

December 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Turning It On Again?

Buzz has been spreading across the internet about the long awaited grand finale of The IT Crowd which is due in 2013. The show was initially pencilled in for a fourth series, with creator Graham Linehan opting for co-writers to help ease the load.  However, this plan was scrapped and a special [...]

December 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Father Richmas

Rich Fulcher lit up a tube journey last week as Santa Claus, in aid of homeless charity Shelter. Making a rather fitting and full-figured Farther Christmas, he and his cohorts Rudolph, Mrs Claus and two elves, do their best to cheer up grumpy Londoners – though it seems most people are just [...]

December 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Paul Foot At The Bloomsbury: Review

On Friday evening Paul Foot completed his UK tour of Kenny Larch is Dead with a grand finale at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. Velveteer Mog was there to follow the mental meanderings of the mullet-haired comedy man: I love Paul Foot. I’ve had a soft spot for him since I caught him by [...]

December 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Linehan And Hypno Dog

Graham Linehan is one of the Irish artists who have contributed to a music album of canine-themed tracks in aid of Irish charity, Dogs in Distress. The Christmas album includes 15 tracks of festive cheer with a doggy twist. The Daily Shift gave it a big thumbs up, saying, “At first, one [...]

December 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Cracker Times

Sky has now confirmed the transmission times of its festive-themed mini series, Little Crackers. As we’ve mentioned previously, the 2012 series features a couple of TV faces – so here’s when you can catch their episodes: Katy Brand‘s Little Cracker airs first at  9.30pm on [...]

December 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Polaroid Suitcase Returns

It’s hard to believe it, but next year marks the tenth anniversary of the debut album by Gary Le Strange – the seminal Polaroid Suitcase. Emerging from the collaborative sketch show Peterford Golf Club featuring Waen Shepherd and Simon Farnaby (which also spawned Golf War), Le [...]

December 12, 2012 // 1 Comment