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Buy your onions! Christmas gift ideas from TVO…

Christmas is now only two weeks away, and that means one of two things: you’re either already sorted for present-buying this year, or you’ve got a stressful fortnight ahead. Well, if you’re in the latter camp, we’ve got you covered, as 2017 has been a bumper year for great [...]

December 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Christmas Onions 2017

The festive season is upon us and there’s plenty to keep you entertained on the tellybox. Here’s our roundup of this year’s most essential Christmas viewing… Taskmaster: Champion of Champions Wednesday 13th and Wednesday 20th December at 9pm, Dave Taskmaster series 5 champion Bob [...]

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Tony Beckton on Simon Day’s UK Tour

We here at The Velvet Onion were very excited to find out earlier this year that the legendary alternative character comedian Simon Day was going out on tour across the UK. Now the tour is underway, and runs through October and early November, it has transpired that Simon is merely directing the [...]

October 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

Preview: This is Going to Hurt

This week sees the release Adam Kay’s medical memoir, This is Going to Hurt, in which the former Mongrels and Crims writer and musical satirist revisits his seven years as a practicing Doctor. TVO took a sneak peek at the results, to find out if you should buy a copy yourselves. As [...]

September 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Onion at the Fringe: 2017 TVO Edinburgh round-up

It’s that time of year again: the Edinburgh Fringe is almost upon us, and once again a cavalcade of TVO regulars are heading across the Scottish border to entertain the masses on a daily basis. We’ve rounded up all the Onion-flavoured Fringe shows taking place between 2nd and 29th [...]

July 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Five years since TVO Live!

Today marks five years since The Velvet Onion Live, and as luck would have it, we recently managed to salvage some footage previously thought lost forever from the star-studded one-off live event. On 31st May 2012, we packed 21 Velvet Onion regulars, and the disembodied voice of one other, into [...]

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

Review: Prevenge on DVD & Blu-Ray

Alice Lowe’s smash hit film Prevenge is released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK on 5th June, which gave TVO an ample excuse to revisit a film we’d previously called “a startling debut from an incredibly talented individual”. With the film also available to download from [...]

May 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Podcast Highlights

So many podcasts, so little time. Here’s a handy list of British podcast episodes that feature the people we cover at TVO. The Comedian’s Comedian In this long-running podcast, stand-up comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews fellow stand-ups about how and why they do comedy. Things [...]

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Making of Mindhorn

As we count down to the official release of Mindhorn, the new film written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, we bring you the inside story of the development and making of the film, as told by the stars, cast and crew. Ten years ago, Julian and Simon decided they wanted to make a [...]

April 14, 2017 // 1 Comment

Archive Talking: Alice Lowe on Film-making

Alice Lowe‘s sensational film Prevenge is in UK cinemas this weekend, with US distribution to follow next month. We’ll be catching up with Alice for an in-depth natter soon, but while our combined diaries continue to wrestle it out to find a suitable slot, we couldn’t let the [...]

February 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Inside No. 9 on Blu-Ray

Series 1, 2 and 3 of Inside No. 9 are available for the first time on Blu-ray. To mark the occasion, Sophie has picked out her two favourite episodes from each of the two series that we’ve seen so far…  The thing about Inside No. 9 is that each episode of Reece Shearsmith and [...]

February 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Top TV Comedy Performances of 2016

No matter what else occurred in 2016, it was a bit of a cracking year for ‘our sort’ of comedy on TV. Within the first few months we were treated to new dark comedies Stag, Camping and Flowers, shortly followed by specials from both Alan Partridge and Philomena Cunk. We also got a [...]

January 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

A Case of Identity: TVO meets Sherlock

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Season 4 of Sherlock and references to episodes in previous series. It’s one of the biggest shows in television and as secretive as its stars are lucrative, so it was a pleasant surprise even to TVO that Katy Wix appeared in the latest episode of [...]

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spotting TVO links in Ricky Gervais shows

Ricky Gervais seems ubiquitous at the moment, what with his recent film David Brent: Life on the Road, live performances in character as Brent, and a stand-up tour (as himself) scheduled for 2017. So we thought we’d take a look back through Ricky’s television work, from The [...]

December 22, 2016 // 0 Comments