Alex Kirk

Unrestricted View Film Festival 2017 offers TVO gems

The forthcoming second annual Unrestricted View Film Festival is due to take place between 24th and 30th April, and the team behind it have put together a packed bill of independent cinema which includes some fantastic TVO treats. For the uninitiated, Unrestricted View has been the resident [...]

April 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Preview: Crackanory Series 4

The latest series of Crackanory is looming and this latest set of episodes features a whole host of TVO regulars. While Episode 1 is available to preview on UKTV Play now, Becca Moody took a sneak peek at the whole of series 4 ahead of broadcast on Dave from January 30th. Here are her [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Carrie Fisher – 1956-2016

The Velvet Onion is sad to report the death of actress Carrie Fisher at the age of 60, and we join the countless millions around the world who will remember her talent for many years to come. Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the [...]

December 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Crackanory Returns

Crackanory is set to return for a fourth series on Dave in January with lots of TVO names attached. Here’s what we can expect from the eight new episodes… A Close Shave Monday 30th January at 10pm Written by Tony Way, narrated by Dara O’Briain. Set in ancient Rome, [...]

December 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

CrackaFOURy

Crackanory will be returning for a fourth series in the new year, and we can exclusively reveal a heavy TVO presence. For the uninitiated, the series is an adult spin on storytime, with big name stars narrating tales which are brought to life by leading comic actors, and written by leading comedy [...]

October 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

New Film Festival To Champion Indie Talent

Friend of TVO, the very wonderful James Wren, will be hosting Unrestricted View‘s first film festival at his iconic Hen & Chickens theatre later this month. Unrestricted View has championed new, innovative  comedy and theatre since 1999, and now the group is turning is attention to film [...]

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s a Trap at the Hen and Chickens!

There’s a rare chance to see the long awaited comedy horror film The Trap at legendary venue The Hen and Chickens next week. Directed by Fergus March, who co-wrote the film with written by Alan Freestone and James Wren, the indie-flick features TVO regulars Alex Kirk, Richard [...]

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Christmas Onions 2015

TVO has rounded up this year’s essential festive viewing, and summarised it on our homepage for the season. But here for posterity, and those of you bookmark thevelvetonion.com/news and come straight here, is that round-up. The following selection of new shows on your tellybox this Yuletide [...]

December 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what’s coming up over the next 7 days. Crackanory Thursday, 10:00pm, Dave The adult storytime fun returns for a third series all week, with stories read by Richard Ayoade, Morgana Robinson and lots of other big name stars. Story writers include Tony Way, Kevin Eldon, Alex [...]

December 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Crackanory week approaches!

Monday 7th December sees the launch of Crackanory series three, and as we told you recently, there’s an episode every day until Saturday! And here, at last, are the juicy details. To celebrate the show’s return, the good folk at UKTV have provided us with some sneaky peek treats and [...]

December 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Who’s Who of when TVO Meets Doctor Who

This weekend sees the launch of the latest series of Doctor Who – the ninth since its return in 2005, and the thirty-fifth overall since 1963. Led once more by Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, with Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald and the sublime Michelle Gomez (Psychobitches) as Missy, this [...]

September 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Free Comedy Pilots From Audible

Audible, the Amazon-owned company that sells audio downloads, has created five new sitcom pilots which it is giving away for free. The collection is titled This Is Your Pilot Speaking!, and this is the first time that Audible has commissioned original comedy content in the UK. Of course if [...]

July 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #33

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the latest news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… DOLL & EM RETURNS Doll & Em, Wednesday, 10:00pm, SKY ATLANTIC A year after their near-perfect [...]

June 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #32

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the latest news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… HERE COMES THE SUN TRAP Wednesday, 10:45pm, BBC ONE This week sees the launch of Sun Trap, the new BBC [...]

May 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sun Trap Is Coming

BBC One have released the trailer and a batch of promotional images for forthcoming sitcom Sun Trap – and naturally, there’s a TVO face or two to be found lurking within. The series, originally titled Woody when announced last year, stars Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, Inside No. 9, Bad [...]

May 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brains Movie is a (indy) Go-Go!

It’s the news we’ve been waiting for… The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains is becoming a movie – and YOU can get involved with the production! Written and created by Bob Pipe (the man behind The Forgery Club) and James Wren (the man behind The Hen & Chickens), [...]

October 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

What’s The Crack? 10pm Tonight!

The long awaited second series of Crackanory starts these evening on Dave, and as is often the case, it comes with a bevy of TVO regulars on board. Comedy legends Vic Reeves and Rik Mayall (in one of his final performances) tell the first two stories in the anthology saga’s sophomore run, [...]

September 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Crackanory 2 – Starting Soon

As we mentioned last month, the second series of Crackanory, the popular storytelling series on Dave, features a story read by the late, great Rik Mayall. The iconic comedian reads The Weatherman by TVO regular Tony Way. It has now been confirmed that this will be the first story of the new series, [...]

September 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good Grief Goes Live

Good Grief – the short film written by and starring Rachel Stubbings alongside Alex Kirk – is now available to watch and download for free online. The short was shot last year, and it premièred as part of The Comedy Project in Soho back in April. Now, audiences around the world [...]

July 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good Grief Is Coming…

Good Grief – the long awaited short film written by and starring Rachel Stubbings – will be released soon. The short tells the story of Molly (played by Rachel), whose mother passes away, forcing Molly to return home.  Yet when she gets there, she uncovers a dark family secret. [...]

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments