James Bachman


Paul King‘s 2014 family blockbuster Paddington will be getting a sequel in 2017, it has been revealed. The film, which starred Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi was based on the much-loved books by Michael Bond about the young bear from darkest [...]

May 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Who’s Who of when TVO Meets Doctor Who

This weekend sees the launch of the latest series of Doctor Who – the ninth since its return in 2005, and the thirty-fifth overall since 1963. Led once more by Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, with Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald and the sublime Michelle Gomez (Psychobitches) as Missy, this [...]

September 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

So Hot Right Now #23

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the least news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… ON THE TELLY AND RADIO THIS WEEK We won’t lie to you: as weeks go, this one is absolutely huge [...]

March 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #9

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 below. THE RETURN OF BRIAN PERN This week sees the long awaited return of Brian Pern to our screens, in the brand new [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Walking on Sunshine… with Dinobots!

Today sees the theatrical release of two big films featuring Ealing Live veterans. The biggest of these is Michael Bay’s latest mega-budget sfx extravangaza, Transformers: Age of Extinction – starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles and our very own James [...]

June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bachman To Feature In Scandinavian Film

James Bachman will be appearing in a new Norwegian feature film by director Jan Vardoen, called Heart of Lightness. The movie is an adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Lady From The Sea’. It follows the story of a group of British actors, who arrive in the Arctic Circle to perform in [...]

April 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Onion Land Catch Up

The past week has seen a smattering of TVO regulars make appearances across television and radio we didn’t have chance to warn you about ahead of transmission, plus a couple of shows you should already be watching have been airing too. As such, we thought it prudent to give you a quick [...]

March 11, 2014 // 1 Comment


The teaser trailer for Paul King‘s second feature film, Paddington, has been released. Based on the ever popular books by Michael Bond, the long-gestating film tells the tale of an impeccably polite, marmalade loving bear from Peru who arrives at Paddington station and is taken in by the [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lucy & Tony Sail International Waters

Transatlantic comedy podcast International Waters offered its latest edition over the weekend, featuring TVO regulars Lucy Montgomery and Tony Way. The pair – who have appeared in a number of projects together, including Tittybangbang, Mongrels, Doug The Bounty Hunter and [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Trailer Roundup

Recent weeks have seen a smattering of new trailers featuring TVO regulars from mega-budget Hollywood productions to low-budget independent productions. Here’s a quick round-up. First off the block here is one which has sent the internet into meltdown, as Optimus Prime rides a Dinobot in the [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brand & Bachman In International Waters

Not a story about sailing the seven seas – no, this week Katy Brand and James Bachman were guests on pop culture comedy quiz show International Waters. The pair join host Dave Holmes and competing teams of comedians from the US and UK in a lively test of pop culture knowledge. Imagine a more [...]

January 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

Santa Bachman!

It’s official. James Bachman is Santa Claus. Fresh from his ‘appearance’ in the latest Assassin’s Creed game, and the current run of That Mitchell And Webb Sound, the ever busy Bachman has donned the big red suit and a power beard to play an incredibly convincing Little [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bachman’s Bonnet

James Bachman lends his voice and motion-captured movements and facial expressions to a character in hit new game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The fourth game in the stealthy action series takes on a swashbuckling vibe, and features historical pirate legends galore.  Amongst its [...]

November 8, 2013 // 2 Comments

Bachman In Disguise

James Bachman will be appearing in forthcoming 3D Imax spectacular, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Ealing Live alumni has a long and glorious history across British comedy, with roles in everything from Saxondale and The Mighty Boosh through to Mount Pleasant and Sorry, I’ve Got [...]

September 11, 2013 // 2 Comments

TVO Stars Up For British Comedy Awards!

The nominations for the 2012 British Comedy Awards have been announced, and a number of TVO flavoured productions are, quite rightly, in the running. Amazingly, all four shows up for Best New Comedy Programme can be traced back to these very pages, starting with the [...]

December 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

(Not So) Horrible BAFTA!

CBBC smash Horrible Histories triumphed at the Children’s BAFTA Awards this weekend, winning Best Children’s Comedy. The show which stars Ealing Live Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond and occasionally Alice Lowe, alongside Laurence Rickard, Jim Howick, Martha Howe-Douglas and Matt [...]

November 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

The 13th Hour Approaches

Colin Hoult,  Richard Sandling, Rich Fulcher, James Bachman and Gareth Tunley are amongst the names appearing at The 13th Hour Horror Festival later this month at The Leicester Square Theatre. The inaugural event is the brainchild of AlleyKat Productions – aka Alexandra Smith and Kat [...]

October 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

Surio McGillan’s Video Diary

The latest video diary from Peeder Jigson has been released, with the director taking a (debatably) well earned rest day in between filming his sprawling fantasy epic The Hubbard.  With Peeder catching up on some sit-down time, he’s packed off comedian turned documentary film-maker (and [...]

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

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

Funny Fortnight Favourites: Beehive Remembered

During Channel 4’s Funny Fortnight, we thought it’d be a good idea to look back at some of the TVO related shows in their archives. Here, our editor in chief turns his attention to oft-neglected sketch show Beehive, to see if it’s worthy of a reappraisal. In December, 2008, a [...]

August 19, 2012 // 1 Comment