Graham Linehan

New QI Series Starts Friday

The 11th series (the appropriately-named Series K) of QI begins on Friday 6th September, in its regular weekly slot of 10pm on BBC2. And the reason we’re telling you this is because the new series features a couple of TVO faces! Earlier this year we revealed that Noel Fielding would be making [...]

September 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Count On DVD

The first series of Count Arthur Strong finished it’s run last week and is now out on DVD. The six-part sitcom is co-written and directed by Graham Linehan and stars the creator of The Count – Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear. TVO regular Waen Shepherd is a guest star in the second [...]

August 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

RIP Mel Smith: 3 December 1952 – 19 July 2013

The Velvet Onion would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Mel Smith, who died this weekend aged 60. First bursting onto television screens in anarchic, topical sketch show Not The Nine O’Clock News, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson and his later double-act [...]

July 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

COMPETITION: Win Tickets To See The Ladykillers!

The Velvet Onion has teamed up with the good folk behind Graham Linehan‘s smash hit play The Ladykillers to give you the chance to see a performance of your choosing next month. It’s the classic black comedy tale from Ealing Comedy of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, puts up [...]

July 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Strong Images

There’s just under a week to go until Count Arthur Strong – the new sitcom from Graham Linehan – debuts on BBC2. The six-part series, co-written and directed by Linehan, and starring co-writer Steve Delaney as the titular showbiz legend, begins on Monday, 8th July at 8:30pm, [...]

July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Be In The IT Crowd Crowd

Applications for audience tickets for the filming of the forthcoming IT Crowd special finale are now open! Tickets are free, and SRO Audiences are running the audience selection process.  The filming of the show will take place on Saturday 8th June 2013 at Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, [...]

May 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

IT Crowd Back For Final Farewell

Graham Linehan has confirmed that IT Crowd will be retirning for a one-off 40 minute special. Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry are  expected to return for the new episode, which will be filmed  in three weeks’ time. As yet, there’s no news as to [...]

May 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

Turning It On Again?

Buzz has been spreading across the internet about the long awaited grand finale of The IT Crowd which is due in 2013. The show was initially pencilled in for a fourth series, with creator Graham Linehan opting for co-writers to help ease the load.  However, this plan was scrapped and a special [...]

December 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Linehan And Hypno Dog

Graham Linehan is one of the Irish artists who have contributed to a music album of canine-themed tracks in aid of Irish charity, Dogs in Distress. The Christmas album includes 15 tracks of festive cheer with a doggy twist. The Daily Shift gave it a big thumbs up, saying, “At first, one [...]

December 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Funny Fortnight Favourites: Father Ted

This weekend saw Father Ted come up trumps in Channel 4’s 30 Greatest Comedy Shows countdown.  With an impressive three shows in the top four, it cemented Graham Linehan’s place as a king of comedy. Helen Cowlyn looks back at a timeless classic, below… Father Ted was shown from [...]

August 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Funny Fortnight Favourites: Black Books Remembered

It’s that time again… here’s another look back at a Funny Fortnight Favourite, as Paulyne Antoniou looks back at Black Books… One thing that has stood out with Channel 4 sitcoms is taking the conventional format and turning it on its head. Black Books is the perfect example [...]

August 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Funny Fortnight Favourites: Darkplace Remembered

This weekend sees Channel 4 countdown its top 30 comedy shows ever, as part of its Funny Fortnight. One show in the top 30 was somewhat unloved at the time, yet has since gone on to become widely regarded as a cult classic.  Here’s Michael Glynn’s take on why Garth Marenghi’s [...]

August 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

Funny Fortnight Favourites: The IT Crowd

This weekend sees Channel 4 approach the conclusion of its Funny Fortnight with a countdown of its greatest ever comedy shows.  One show sure to feature is Graham Linehan’s hugely popular sitcom The IT Crowd. Our American correspondent, and self confessed Anglophile, Trixie, takes a look [...]

August 24, 2012 // 4 Comments

Count Gets Commissioned

Earlier this year we wrote about a new series being penned by Graham Linehan, called Count Arthur Strong. Now BBC2 has confirmed the commission of a full series. The six-part series will star Steve Delaney as his Sony Award-winning Radio 4 character, Count Arthur Strong. He thinks of himself as [...]

August 23, 2012 // 2 Comments

Funny Fortnight Favourites: Brass Eye Remembered

As part of Funny Fortnight celebrations, we thought it’d be a good idea to look back at some of TVO’s favourite moments in the history of Channel 4.  Here’s Velveteer Paulyne’s take on the controversial classic, Brass Eye. If anyone amongst our extensive list of acts would [...]

August 17, 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

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

Linehan And The Count

Graham Linehan is working on a new sitcom for BBC2, based around the character of Count Arthur Strong. Count Arthur Strong is a character created by and played by Steve Delaney, Arthur is a confused ex-variety star with delusions of grandeur and a unique way of mixing up his words. Some of you may [...]

June 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

Read About The Early Days

You Are Nothing, a new book by Robert Wringham, tells the story of the early performances of a host of TVO-related comedians at Cluub Zarathustra Cluub Zarathustra was an unorthodox comedy club based beneath an Islington pub between 1994 and 1997. Audiences got to see Kevin Eldon, Waen Shepherd, [...]

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Spring Back In Time: A Look Back At April-June 2011

So far our review of 2011 has covered January to March. Today we bring you the sequel: April to June. Aaaah, Springtime…the time of fresh starts and new beginnings! And it turned out to be a very busy time in the Booshniverse too! April April started with the news of Chris O’Dowd’s [...]

January 2, 2012 // 2 Comments