Geoffrey McGivern

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what you can catch on the picturebox this week. Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll Thursday, 10:00pm, BBC Four Simon Day returns as the legendary Thotch frontman Brian Pern in the third series of his mockumentary saga created with Rhys Thomas. Along for the ride once more are [...]

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

BBC Store now open!

The BBC has unveiled the long awaited BBC Store: a new digital service that makes it easy for audiences to buy, enjoy and keep their favourite BBC programmes. And the best news of all is that it’s officially open right now! A large collection of titles across genres are available at launch, [...]

November 5, 2015 // 0 Comments


This week saw the launch of new BBC Three sitcom Together – with a smattering of TVO faces tucked in there for good measure. The show is written by and stars Johnny Sweet (Babylon), and follows two young people in the early, fragile stages of a new relationship, played by Sweet and Cara [...]

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Exclusive: The Ghoul Teaser Trailer

The Velvet Onion is proud to bring you the first official glimpse of The Ghoul in this tantalising teaser. The Ghoul is written and directed by Gareth Tunley and stars a whole bevvy of his regular collaborators. Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye, Dan Skinner, Waen [...]

September 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Prince sees Prince

Here at The Velvet Onion, we try to focus on the real, genuine news stories surrounding the alternative comedians who make up our family of frequent collaborators. We leave their personal lives very much off limits – as cute as all those Velvet Babies are these days – and don’t [...]

August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Ghoul’s Cast Begins To Form

As filming continues apace on Gareth Tunley‘s directorial film debut, The Ghoul, a few more exciting cast details have emerged. The film, which is written and directed by Ealing Live veteran Tunley, features Tom Meeten alongside Alice Lowe, who was revealed to be part of the cast last month. [...]

March 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

Another Round Of Toast

Matt Berry‘s new sitcom Toast Of London is to return for a second series. The show, which Berry co-writes with Father Ted legend Arthur Mathews features Matt as a successful television and stage actor who also happens to be a blustering buffoon. Directed by Snuffbox veteran Michael [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Matt Gets Toasted

This weekend sees the launch of Toast Of London – the new sitcom from Matt Berry – and our international readership will be pleased to know, it’s also available for dvd pre-order. Ahead of transmission, we felt it prudent to fill in a few details about the show, which [...]

October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Jinsy Comes To BFI

Fans of surrealistic sitcom This Is Jinsy can see the first two episodes at BFI Southbank, ahead of their transmission next month. The show – written by and starring Chris Bran & Justin Chubb – returns in the new year, once again featuring Alice Lowe and the legendary Geoffrey [...]

October 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Guests flock to Jinsy

This is Jinsy, the Sky Atlantic comedy about the surreal Island of Jinsy, featuring Alice Lowe and Colin Hoult amongst its cast, will include some exciting new guest stars in its second series. Indeed, a TVO-related artist has been confirmed as one of those who will be making an appearance: Katy [...]

December 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

More Cloth

Gareth Tunley has a small but significant role in A Touch of Cloth, Charlie Brooker and Daniel Maier’s new spoof detective series,  shown in two parts on Sky 1 over the recent Bank Holiday weekend. If you missed it first time round, the whole show is repeated, with an extra bonus scene, at [...]

August 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

Funny Fortnight Favourites!

Details have emerged of the exact transmission times for much of the programming in Channel 4’s Funny Fortnight – which features a number of TVO faces in new productions and old favourites. These include Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan in Bad Sugar, Matt Berry in Toast Of [...]

August 13, 2012 // 3 Comments

Matt Is The Toast Of London

Toast of London, written by Arthur Mathews and starring Matt Berry, will air on Channel 4 on Monday 20th August at 10pm as part of Channel 4’s Funny Fortnight. Steven Toast is a successful actor. Now in his forties, Toast regularly appears in prestigious television dramas, and on the London [...]

August 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

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

Jinsy Previews

Sky Atlantic have posted a series of brief preview clips from their forthcoming surreal comedy series This Is Jinsy. The show, which is the brainchild of Chris Bran and Justin Chub, began life as a BBC Three pilot last year, but when the Beeb turned it down, Sky Atlantic picked it up, and have [...]

September 5, 2011 // 7 Comments

This Is Jinsy, That Is Promotion!

Promotion for forthcoming Sky Atlantic comedy series This Is Jinsy, featuring a smattering of TVO regulars, has begun in earnest over at Sky Atlantic’s official website. The show, written by and starring Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, began life as a BBC Three pilot last year – only for [...]

July 28, 2011 // 3 Comments