Julian Barratt

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

Barratt talks to Buxton

Julian Barratt is the latest guest on Adam Buxton’s podcast. In the new episode, Julian Barratt joins Adam Buxton to discuss Mindhorn, which is out in UK cinemas from 5th May and will be available to watch on Netflix for those of you who live elsewhere. For anyone unfamiliar with [...]

April 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Making of Mindhorn

As we count down to the official release of Mindhorn, the new film written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, we bring you the inside story of the development and making of the film, as told by the stars, cast and crew. Ten years ago, Julian and Simon decided they wanted to make a [...]

April 14, 2017 // 1 Comment

BAFTA TV Nominations

The nominations for the 2017 TV BAFTAs have been announced, with plenty of TVO-connected shows and performers receiving nods. Here’s a roundup of the nominations with the TVO-linked ones highlighted: Scripted Comedy Camping (Sky Atlantic) Fleabag (BBC3) Flowers (Channel 4) People Just Do [...]

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Mindhorn outside the UK

Netflix has acquired the rights to Mindhorn outside the UK. The new comedy film, written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, will be in UK cinemas from May 5th and is now set to have its Netflix launch on May 12th. For any of you who are unfamiliar with Mindhorn (and who clearly [...]

March 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

LOCO Comedy Film Festival

The 6th annual LOCO Comedy Film Festival is coming to London in May 2017, with several TVO-connected films on the bill… Mindhorn + Q&A with filmmakers and cast Friday 5th May at 8.45pm In this comedy film from the minds of Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, has-been actor Richard [...]

March 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Simon Swings Again

Simon Farnaby is working on another golf-based project – this one is a film about a golfer who blags his way into the British Open. Going by the name of The Phantom Of The Open, the film is an adaptation of a book of the same name, which Simon wrote in 2010 in partnership with Scott Murray. [...]

March 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

Mindhorn Trailer

A trailer has been released for Mindhorn, written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby. You’ll be able to see the film in cinemas from May 5th. We saw a preview at London Film Festival last year and can confirm that you’re in for a [...]

March 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Radio Pilot from Cardinal Burns with Julian Barratt

In March, BBC Radio 2 will showcase a selection of comedy pilots, including one from Cardinal Burns with Julian Barratt. Cardinal Burns Presents Dean And Murf is a new multi-character comedy from writer-performers Cardinal Burns, directed by Julian Barratt. It stars Seb Cardinal and Dustin [...]

February 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Top TV Comedy Performances of 2016

No matter what else occurred in 2016, it was a bit of a cracking year for ‘our sort’ of comedy on TV. Within the first few months we were treated to new dark comedies Stag, Camping and Flowers, shortly followed by specials from both Alan Partridge and Philomena Cunk. We also got a [...]

January 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

Back To Being Human

Being Human, one of BBC Three’s most popular, longest running shows, is available again to watch on iPlayer. The comedy-drama series follows the trials and tribulations of three twenty-something housemates trying to live normal lives, despite struggling with some strange afflictions [...]

December 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

REVIEW: Mighty Boosh Photography Exhibition

A collection of Dave Brown‘s photographs of The Mighty Boosh are currently on display at The Book Club in Shoreditch. Mog headed down to the exhibition on our behalf when it first opened; here’s her report… There’s something special about photographs of people taken by [...]

November 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

Spooky Onions: TVO Favourites at Halloween

Ghosts and ghouls are on the prowl this weekend, as Halloween approaches on Monday evening, and everyone gets to play ‘Count The Harley Quinn Costumes’ in their nightclub of choice. Yes, it’s time for some grisly fancy dress, far too many sweets, and some kick-arse horror movies [...]

October 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Fine Showing At BIFA 2016

The film selections have been announced for the three categories for new film talent in the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, and we’re delighted to report that there’s a strong showing from TVO-connected projects! So far the long list of nominees have been revealed in the [...]

October 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Brown, The Boosh And The Book Club

As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of The Velvet Onion, The Book Club in Shoreditch is hosting a photography exhibition and a series of events in celebration of The Mighty Boosh. Dave Brown, famous for sweating his way through three TV series and two live tours in a hairy [...]

October 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Perennial bloom for Flowers

Flowers – the highly acclaimed Channel 4 comedy starring Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman – has been renewed for a second series. Created by Will Sharpe, the second series will once again be a co-production with US streaming service Seeso, which offers American audiences the chance [...]

September 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

John Hopkins: Past, Present & Futuristic

John Hopkins formed part of the iconic Ealing Live comedy troupe, who we tend to think of as the artistic core of The Velvet Onion. Since then he’s continued to work with multiple offshoots of the TVO family. Recently, we’ve been focusing on his newest work – his web series [...]

September 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

TVO at the London Film Festival

You lucky lot have the chance to see an exciting selection of TVO-connected films at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. Mindhorn In this new film written by Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, a fading actor who starred in a hit 80s TV show about a detective with a robotic eye must return to [...]

September 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Shoreditch Boosh Club

From 20th October this year until January 2017, The Book Club in Shoreditch will become ‘The Boosh Club’ hosting an exhibition and a series of events to celebrate ten years since The Mighty Boosh‘s 2006 tour. The exhibition  – curated by Liat Chen – will feature [...]

July 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

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