Graham Linehan

Celebr-ALAN-tion for Partridge in Manchester

I’m Alan Partridge is 20 years old this year, so the good folk behind the Pilot Light TV Festival are putting on a celebratory shindig in Manchester next month to celebrate. AHA! I’m Alan Partridge 20th Anniversary Celebration Special will see the Norfolk broadcaster, who first rose to [...]

July 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Return of Count Arthur Strong

The ‘doyen of light entertainment’ is back! Series three of Count Arthur Strong begins Friday 19th May. Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan‘s sitcom is returning at the suitably earlier, more family-friendly timeslot of 8.30pm on BBC One. Here’s a short trailer for the new [...]

May 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Podcast Highlights

So many podcasts, so little time. Here’s a handy list of British podcast episodes that feature the people we cover at TVO. The Comedian’s Comedian In this long-running podcast, stand-up comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews fellow stand-ups about how and why they do comedy. Things [...]

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Stand Up for Choice

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has organised Stand Up for Choice – a comedy night in aid of the Abortion Rights Campaign and the Abortion Support Network. Stand Up for Choice takes place at the London Irish Centre on Tuesday March 28th at 7.30pm. Graham Linehan will be [...]

March 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Get Some Ultimate IT Crowd In Your Stocking

Get those Christmas lists out! A new DVD box set of The IT Crowd has just been released in the US and it will be available in the UK later this month. The Ultimate Boxset includes Versions 1.0-4.0 of the award-winning show as well as The Internet Is Coming episode, and a whole bunch of extras, [...]

December 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Motherland lands a series

Motherland – the highly acclaimed one off comedy from the pens of Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Graham Linehan and Helen Linehan – will be returning for a full series on BBC Two next year. Following huge ratings for the pilot episode, shown recently to great acclaim, the sitcom about [...]

October 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Morgan in Motherland

Diane Morgan is set to star in Motherland, a new comedy pilot from a powerhouse writing team – Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, Graham Linehan and Helen Linehan. BBC Two describes Motherland as “a show all about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at [...]

August 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sitcom Pilots for BBC Two

BBC Two has announced three new sitcom pilots to be part of the BBC’s Landmark Sitcom Season, which will start later this month, and plenty of TVO-connected artists are involved. We The Jury Stand-up comedian James Acaster has written this pilot about a man who ends up on the jury of a [...]

August 11, 2016 // 2 Comments

Count Arthur Strong on Tour

An extensive 2017 tour has been announced for Count Arthur Strong. Just a few weeks ago, we reported that a third series of Graham Linehan and Steve Delaney’s Count Arthur Strong would be filmed during July and August. Well, we now have even more good news for fans of the Count… [...]

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Richard Herring Podcast Returns

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast is back and guests include some TVO favourites.  Richard Herring’s award-winning podcast series, in which the standup chats to some of the biggest names in comedy, has made a welcome return… and its 102nd episode (released today) [...]

June 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Audience Tickets For Count Arthur Strong

Filming of the new series of Count Arthur Strong is under way – and you can be in the audience. Written by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan, and featuring Delaney in the titular role, this is the third series of the BBC sitcom. And if you fancy watching it being filmed, you can apply for [...]

June 14, 2016 // 1 Comment

Branded Merman

Katy Brand has become the latest high profile name to join Merman: the production company set up by Sharon Horgan and producer Clelia Mountford. The company was founded in 2014 after Horgan and Mountford met working on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. The company has already [...]

May 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Cloud cleared for a series comission

Graham Linehan‘s pilot project with Adam Buxton is to become a full series. The Cloud, which we first told you about earlier this year, is a space set comedy which, in its pilot form at least, starred Aisling Bea and SunTrap‘s Jamie Demetriou. At the time it was revealed that the show [...]

November 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Linehans Speak Up For Amnesty

Graham Linehan and his wife Helen have taken the brave step of putting their private life in the public spotlight in support of Amnesty International. Shortly after they were married in 2004 the couple were delighted to find out that they were expecting their first child. They happily told [...]

October 24, 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

Our Father, Who Art In Dublin… Ted, Be Thy Name

“I haven’t written anything, because I’m not really good at that type of thing. But I did a drawing.” In one of the oddest news stories we’ve seen for a while, a Dublin-based artist has taken to drawing a Father Ted related picture every day in an attempt to break a [...]

July 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Reece’s Chain Reaction

Reece Shearsmith is interviewed by Adam Buxton in the first of the new series of BBC Radio 4’s tag team interview show Chain Reaction. Each week the interviewee from the week before becomes the interviewer. The 10th series of the chat show carries on from the end of the last series, when [...]

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #18

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 take a look below. COME ON IN… Monday evening puts out the Welcome mat for the long awaited second series of House [...]

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Cloud for Linehan, Buxton & Bea

Graham Linehan and Adam Buxton have teamed up to write a new space-set tv pilot, according to Radio Times. The Cloud will feature a hapless crew on board a data hub floating above the earth, protecting the vast amounts of information humanity now hoards of its endless devices. Information such [...]

February 9, 2015 // 1 Comment