Bob Mortimer

So Hot Right Now #3

Hello, dear Peelers, and welcome to The Velvet Onion! For your regular news updates you used to find on our home page, click here. But below, here’s what Dolly would say is sooo hot right now this week in Onion Land. HOUSE OF FOOLS SERIES 2 STARTS FILMING! The beginning of our week [...]

October 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #2

Hello, dear Peelers, and welcome to The Velvet Onion!  For your regular news updates you used to find on our home page, click here.  But below, here’s what Dolly would say is sooo hot right now in Onion Land. AN EVENING WITH NOEL FIELDING BEGINS! The big news this week is that An Evening [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Join The House of Fools

If you cheered with giddy joy when you heard that Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s brilliantly bonkers TV show House of Fools had been granted a second series, prepare yourself to tip right over the edge…because you could be in the audience for the recording of the new shows! The new [...]

September 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Comedy Shorts Online

As we mentioned a couple of months ago, the BBC have commissioned a set of original comedy shorts, created by and starring some of Britain’s best comedians. As we mentioned at the time there are contributions from our TVO family including Lone Wolf – an alternative wildlife documentary, [...]

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fifty 2

This coming weekend sees the culmination of BBC 2’s anniversary celebrations from a TVO perspective, as the fifty year old channel revives some of it’s biggest comedy smashes for a series of one-off specials. Top of the hitlist is Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s – a [...]

May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Return Of Brian Pern

Smash hit BBC Four mockumentary The Life of Rock with Brian Pern has been granted a second series – and a promotion to BBC Two. Written and directed by Rhys Thomas, the show stars Simon Day as prog-rock legend and world-music inventor Brian Pern, alongside TVO regulars Lucy [...]

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

House of Fools to Return!

It has been announced that Vic and Bob’s madcap sitcom House of Fools will be returning to BBC Two for a second series. The first series starred Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer who were joined by Matt Berry, Dan Skinner, Daniel Simonsen and Morgana Robinson. Set in Bob’s house, the series [...]

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Original Comedy Shorts

To celebrate the launch of the new iPlayer, the BBC have announced a series of seven original comedy shorts created by and starring some of Britain’s best comedians, who were invited to create ‘something they’ve always wanted to write or perform’. There was no specified length [...]

March 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

Brian Pern’s Greatest Hits I

This week saw the launch of The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern – the magnificent new spoof documentary series from Rhys Thomas and Simon Day featuring a whole host of big name guest stars. Episode One aired on Monday, and in amongst the big name artists discussed (Bowie was a fag-stealer; [...]

February 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

Shearsmith Joins The House Of Fools

The gloriously silly House Of Fools has been impressing critics and audiences alike for the last few weeks, and as the final episodes approach, there’s a lovely cherry on top for alternative comedy fans. The show, which continues tomorrow evening at 10:00pm on BBC Two, features comedic [...]

February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Life Of Rock Starts Tonight!

The Life Of Rock – the new mockumentary from Rhys Thomas and Simon Day – starts tonight on BBC Four. We first told you about the show a while back now, and have been itching to see the results ever since.  It features Simon Day as spoof 70s rock god Brian Pern, and pays homage to an [...]

February 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

BBC4 Announces New Comedy

BBC4, the channel perhaps better known for meaningful documentaries about seminal albums is ramping up its comedy offering, and there are a few TVO faces in the line-up! First up is The Walshes, a three-part series co-written by Graham Linehan and the five piece Irish comedy troupe Diet of Worms [...]

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Trailer Time For Brian Pern & Inside No. 9

The BBC have released trailers for two of their forthcoming comedy shows with strong TVO connections. The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern – written, directed and produced by Rhys Thomas – airs from Monday 10th February at 10pm on BBC Four, and features Simon Day as the titular rock [...]

January 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern

TVO can confirm that Rhys Thomas’ brand new mockumentary series, The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, begins on BBC Four next month. Originally announced as Rock Ratatouille back in September, the show is the brainchild of of Rhys – who directs, produces and writes the show based [...]

January 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Enter Into The House Of Fools

Last night saw the debut of House of Fools, a new sitcom penned by and starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. While any new creative output from Vic and Bob deserves attention, the reason for including the show on our hallowed pages is because it also features Matt Berry and Dan Skinner (a recent [...]

January 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

House Of Fools Revealed!

The Velvet Onion has received details of the brand new project from comedy legends Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer, House Of Fools. The sitcom features an ensemble cast, including TVO regular Matt Berry, and another name often bandied about these parts, Dan Skinner (Dutch Elm Conservatoire, Common [...]

December 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

Matt Regresses Again

Matt Berry returns to BBC Radio 4 tonight at 11pm in a new series of I Regress, his dark, Writers Guild Award winning radio series. During each 15 minute show  Matt is twisted hypnotherapist Doctor Berry, who takes his patients on a terrifying journey through their own minds. In this series the [...]

April 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

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

Funny Fortnight Forthcoming!

Channel 4 have released more details of their Funny Fortnight next month, which features more than a smattering of TVO regulars and influences. Over 30 hours of programming across two weeks of television, the season promises brand new shows, excellent stand up and familiar faces staging their [...]

July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments


Just a timely reminder from TVO that Matt Berry is a guest on long-running panel show Shooting Stars tonight. The madcap quiz, hosted by Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer since 1993 (!) returned for it’s eighth series earlier this month, and co-stars Dan Skinner as Angelos Epithemou. Skinner [...]

August 22, 2011 // 0 Comments