Charlie Higson

RIP Caroline Aherne 1963 – 2016

The Velvet Onion is extremely saddened to report the death of Caroline Aherne who has lost her battle with cancer, aged 52. Born in Ealing but raised in the Manchester district of Wythenshawe, Caroline Aherne’s breakthrough role was as the elderly chat-show host and agony aunt Mrs Merton [...]

July 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #24

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… NEW TO TV AND RADIO THIS WEEK It’s yet another packed week for top notch television and radio [...]

March 30, 2015 // 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

Next Year… We Shall Mostly Be… Reuniting.

2014 may be a few months away yet, but already, there is much to look forward to, as Charlie Higson has suggested the 20th anniversary of The Fast Show shall be marked by a reunion of some sort. The smash-hit sketch show (which our US readers may know better under it’s Stateside [...]

September 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Down The Line Returns

Series Five of cult radio comedy Down The Line begins this week on Radio 4. The show stars the legendary Rhys Thomas as DJ Gary Bellamy, hosting his usual live phone-in discussions with listeners, who just happen to be played by familiar names from classic comedy hits. Thomas’ fellow Fast [...]

April 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fast Show Script Winners

A few weeks ago, we offered our lucky readers a chance to win some signed Fast Show scripts in association with Fosters Comedy. All we asked you to do was watch the final edition of The Fast Show Faster and answer a very simple question: “In this episode, what does Swiss Toni call Paul’s [...]

April 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Final Fast Show… WIN A SCRIPT!

Today sees the final episode of The Fast Show‘s revived debut via Fosters Comedy, and to celebrate, the kind folk at Fosters are offering you the chance to win a signed script! This week’s edition doesn’t feature TVO regular Lucy Montgomery, but it does feature Rhys Thomas and [...]

March 22, 2012 // 2 Comments

Upstairs, Downstairs, Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery returns for another guest role in The Fast Show web-series revival. This weeks edition, again brought to you by Fosters, sees Lucy appear in costume drama spoof Upstairs, Downstairs as the house maid.  This episode also features Fast Show favourites The 13th Duke Of Wymbourne, [...]

March 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

Fostering The Funnies

Fosters are continuing their support of great comedy by returning to their successful revivals of Alan Partridge and The Fast Show. The lager giant have been sponsoring individual shows for some time now – most recently including Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy – and are now the [...]

February 17, 2012 // 2 Comments

Jack Vs Jedward

Pre-publicity for the forthcoming series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks featuring Noel Fielding as regular team captain once more may have come a little earlier than anticipated. You see, UK tabloid The Sun has been picking up on reports from this week’s taping in which guest host Jack Dee [...]

September 30, 2010 // 7 Comments