Colin Hoult

John Pidgeon, RIP 1947-2016

The Velvet Onion is saddened to report on the death of journalist, author, historian, radio producer and comedy executive John Pidgeon, following a long illness. A celebrated critic whose work in the 1970s included collaborations with The Faces, Slade and Eric Clapton, John moved into radio in [...]

July 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Auditions with Andy

Colin Hoult‘s film-buff alter-ego Andy Parker is back, and this time he’s making a feature film! Parker appeared in Hoult’s previous live shows including 2010’s sublime Enemy of the World, before becoming a regular fixture of his Comedy Collab YouTube series in late 2014. [...]

June 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Preview: Murder in Successville Series 2

Next week sees the launch of Murder in Successville‘s second series: as the buddy cop celebrity sitcom gameshow hybrid returns to BBC Three on Wednesday 15th June. With a top notch cast of comic talent on board once more, including TVO regulars aplenty, is the second series worth the hype [...]

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the new inhabitants of Successville

The cult hit Murder in Successville returns to our screens on 15th June, with Tom Davis‘ DI Sleet once again taking a series of celebrity rookies out to solve a murder, committed by one of the famous inhabitants of the downtrodden town. As with Series 1 last year, the show also features [...]

June 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Murder in Successville returns

Cult-hit BBC Three who-dunnit and big ol’ TVO favourite Murder in Successville returns to our screens from Wednesday 15th June. The partially improvised detective comedy gameshow was a huge success for the channel last year, as the likes of Greg James, Dermot O’Leary and Kimberly [...]

June 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Fringe is coming…

Tickets for Edinburgh Fringe shows have gone on sale, and once again, a number of TVO faces are heading on up to the Scottish city throughout August. Making welcome returns after prolonged absences this year are Katy Brand and Colin Hoult – who appear with their shows I Was a Teenage [...]

April 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Fabulously Funny Goings On In Wales

The fifth Machynlleth Comedy Festival takes place at the end of this month and, once again, it boasts the kind of line-up that’s good enough to make you weep tears of joy. The festival takes place in a handful of charming and intimate venues around Machynlleth in Wales between Friday 29th [...]

April 16, 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

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

Push Me Pull Me

Colin Hoult has unleashed the latest exploits of his long-running creation, Andy Parker. Long term readers of TVO will be familiar with the film nut and occasional Ninja Turtler doodler, who has done everything there is to do round Nottingham, and is now moving out into the world of making movies. [...]

November 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Return to Successville

BBC Three’s smash hit comedy series Murder in Successville is to return for a second series. The show, which first aired earlier this year, features Tom Davis as rough, gruff, intellectual doorknob DI Sleet, presiding over a town filled with potentially murderous celebrities – all [...]

October 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Glitchy

This week saw the sneaky launch of a new comedy show featuring a couple of familiar faces from Onion Land. Every now and then, a show slips by us. We are but a tiny handful of comedy lovers, and we can’t possibly keep up with everything. Apologies, but every once in a while, our news [...]

October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Messing With Colin Hoult

If any of you are lucky enough to have experienced Colin Hoult live, you’ll know why we’re getting a bit over-excited that he has a new show starting next week at Soho Theatre.  Messing about with Ouija Boards is described by the theatre as “the terrifying true tale of what [...]

August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Colin Hoult is Messing with Ouija Boards

Colin Hoult returns to the London comedy scene with his brand new show, Messing About with Ouija Boards next month at The Soho Theatre. August may traditionally seem like the time when the comedy industry decamps to Scotland, but for those staying behind, there’s a chance of a weekend [...]

July 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Fergus Craig goes Hoff the Record

This week sees the launch of Hoff the Record – the brand new partially improvised mockumentary about David Hasselhoff, in which the 80s legend stars alongside TVO regular Fergus Craig. With numerous other familiar faces appearing across the run, and this being Fergus’ most high [...]

June 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

Faces of Successville

If, like us, you’re enjoying BBC Three’s new game-show sitcom whodunnit hybrid Murder in Successville, you’re no doubt already looking forward to this week’s episode on Wednesday evening. Starring Tom Davis on magnificent form as rough-n-ready DI Sleet, the series [...]

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

So Hot Right Now #30

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…   MAGIC UNLEASHED WITH STRANGE & NORRELL Sunday, 9pm, BBC ONE This week sees the long awaited [...]

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Tom Davis on Murder in Successville

This week sees the launch of brand new, madcap BBC Three comedy Murder in Successville, with Tom Davis right in the middle of it all as tough, uncompromising hardman of crimesolving, DI Sleet. Each week, a celebrity guest is made rookie partner, and asked to solve a murder in a town where famous [...]

May 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

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