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Simonsen with and without a net at Camden Fringe

Daniel Simonsen is to premiere two shows at the forthcoming Camden Fringe across August. Whilst much of the comedy fraternity spends the Summer in Edinburgh, a devoted bunch of top notch comics will be keeping the home fires burning in Camden for the duration. Excitingly, this also sees the long [...]

July 19, 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

Wootton is High & Dry

E4 has commissioned a new sitcom from Marc Wootton, directed by Dave Lambert, called High & Dry. Wootton is probably best known to TVO readers for his appearances in comedies such as Inside No. 9, Psychobitches, Nighty Night and Drunk History UK. Or if you’re a parent, you might [...]

July 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sally Philips is… The Curator

Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity has found its next curator, in the form of Sally Phillips. The series, presented by comedy legend John Lloyd, sees guest panelists offer to donate items to the fictional Museum of Curiosity, provided the items fascinate them, and it’s up to the curator [...]

July 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Seven hells! Game of Thrones returns for Season 7

The day has finally arrived: Game of Thrones returns for its long awaited seventh season today in the US, tomorrow in the UK, and around the world in the next few days. Shrouded in secrecy as always, the new season is a little shorter than usual, with just seven episodes of, it seems, all out war [...]

July 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Mash on Thursday

The Mash Report – BBC Two’s latest satirical look at the news starring Nish Kumar alongside Rachel Parris – begins on Thursday. As the world around us gets increasingly insane, broadcasters are turning more and more to topical satire to fill their schedules, and the latest [...]

July 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Eldon On The Blackpool Express

Kevin Eldon has joined the cast of Murder On The Blackpool Express. The one-off comedy special will air on the UKTV channel Gold in autumn and has been written by stand-up comedian and Hebburn writer Jason Cook. Alongside Kevin Eldon, the cast includes Johnny Vegas, Sian Gibson, Nigel Havers, [...]

July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Watch Peacock Season for free!

Peacock Season – FMW Films debut feature featuring a bevy of comedic talent – is ten years old this year, and to celebrate, you can now watch it for free below. The film was written and produced by Alan Freestone, Fergus March and TVO’s very own James Wren, and was made on a [...]

July 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

New Book from Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci’s new book Hear Me Out is now available to pre-order. The man behind I’m Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It is a big classical music fan, and his new book explores this passion. In Hear Me Out, he has written about a range of composers from classical greats such [...]

July 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Chubby Funny out now!

Chubby Funny – the new independent comedy which features Alice Lowe in its ensemble cast – is screening over the next few weeks. The film is the brainchild of writer/director/star Harry Michell: an award-winning comedian and filmmaker who is part of sketch troup Minor Delays, and [...]

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Windsors returns

Channel 4’s satirical spoof soap The Windsors returns for a second series on Wednesday night. The series, which charts the fictional exploits of Britain’s favourite family, began with a six part run back in May 2016, with a cast led by Harry Enfield, Haydn Gwynne, Louise Ford and [...]

July 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

New Power (Re)Generation

Angelos and Barry are heading back out on the road for another leg of their UK tour The New Power Generation this Autumn. We mention this mostly because we write about the work of their minders, Dan Skinner and Alex Lowe and we understand that their charges will be rather annoyed if we [...]

July 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Tony Way In Alternative Rom Com

A new film, which claims to “reinvent the rom com” starts shooting in London next week, and Tony Way will be playing one of the main characters. The Revenger: An Unromantic Comedy is the story of how one man’s quest for love turns to revenge when his wife-to-be attempts to take him [...]

July 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

25 Years of Shooting Comedians

Photographer Rich Hardcastle is crowdfunding to produce a hardback book containing portraits of comedians taken during his 25 year career. The KickStarter page explains: “Whilst recently trawling old hard drives and negative files, Rich has discovered a treasure trove of rare and revealing [...]

June 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Michael Bond: 1926-2017

The Velvet Onion is deeply saddened to learn of the death of beloved childrens author Michael Bond CBE, following a short illness. Bond’s most famous work in a career which spanned six decades is, of course, Paddington Bear: the mamalade-loving young bear from deepest, darkest Peru. First [...]

June 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Before Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver, is out in cinemas at the moment. And although, strictly speaking, it has nothing to do with The Velvet Onion, the origins of the film certainly do! The 2017 action crime comedy, written and directed by Wright, stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a young, [...]

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Baby’s back for #5for5

Matt Lucas has revived the character of George Dawes for a one-off charity campaign video in aid of #5for5. Theirworld’s global campaign is aiming to change how the the world thinks about early childhood development. They believe all young children should have access to the care they need, [...]

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments