Julian Barratt

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

Brakes Gets Special Commendation At Film Festival

Brakes, the first feature film from Mercedes Grower, which features a cast populated by TVO-connected artists, has received a special commendation from the jury at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Brakes, which explores the endings and beginnings of different relationships, stars [...]

July 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Film Preview: An Early Look At Brakes

Brakes, the new feature film by Mercedes Grower, enjoyed its world premier at the Edinburgh Film Festival last weekend. For anyone who’s missed its recent buzz, Brakes is an new indie film with an impressive cast of TVO-connected faces and British acting talent. It’s often dark, [...]

June 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Making Brakes: TVO Talks To Mercedes Grower

Brakes, the new film by Mercedes Grower premiers tomorrow, Friday 17th June, at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film carries the torch previously held by Steve Oram‘s Aaaaaaaah! and Gareth Tunley‘s The Ghoul, in that it includes a bevy of TVO-connected talent. This makes us very [...]

June 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Flowers DVD Out On Monday

The highly acclaimed Channel 4 series featuring Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman will be released on DVD next week. Forever associated with the birthday of John Taylor (Duran Duran) thanks to my 13 year-old self, this year June 20th will instead be recognised as the release date of the DVD of [...]

June 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Postcards For Sale

Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, and members of his family have donated postcard-sized artworks to raise money for the Card2Kendal appeal. From left to right: postcard by Julian Barratt; Julian’s Mum; Julian Barratt, Walter (Julian’s son); Emma Pettifer (Julian’s sister and a [...]

June 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Flowers Man On Podcast

Will Sharpe, the astonishingly young and talented writer/director/actor from Flowers, is the subject of the latest comedy podcast from writer and performer Andy Beckerman. If you haven’t come across Andy’s work before, he’s a New York-based writer and performer who began [...]

June 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Brakes Are Off!

Brakes, the debut feature film by Mercedes Grower which features a whole host of TVO talent, will be screening at the Edinburgh International Film festival in June. The dark comedy traces the emotionally heightened pivot points at the end and beginning of nine different relationships. Four years [...]

May 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Rumours vs Reality: Future Sailing for The Mighty Boosh?

Boosh fans were sent into a frenzy last week, when the online version of Radio Times claimed The Mighty Boosh were to reunite for a new project. The article centred around comments made by Julian Barratt during promotion for his role in the new Channel 4 sitcom Flowers (get the lowdown [...]

April 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Aaaaaaaah! Out On DVD On Monday

One of our favourite films of 2015, Steve Oram‘s dystopian simian punk vision, Aaaaaaaah!, will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 18th January. Previously only available via VOD, the cult film sees its actors (a phenomenally strong cast featuring a bevy of TVO-connected folk: Steve [...]

January 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cast Of Aaaaaaaah! Ape About In New Video

A new promo film for Aaaaaaaah! has been released, which features members of the cast talking about their the film. As you might expect from Steve Oram, it’s not your run-of-the-mill ‘speaking heads’ promo. Featuring Julian Barratt (with post-Mindhorn barnet), Sean Reynard, Julian [...]

October 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

Halloween Horror From Barratt

Julian Barratt will be pouring into our ear holes on Halloween night in a spooky radio drama for BBC Radio 4. The Stone Tape is adapted from the 1972 TV movie of the same name, originally written by the creator of the Quatermass series, Nigel Kneale. The story revolves around a team of [...]

October 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

Out On Mondaaaaaaaah!

If you’re a regular reader of The Velvet Onion, you’ll know that we’ve been getting more than a bit excited about Aaaaaaaah!, the comedy horror from Steve Oram, which stars a bevy of TVO faces. And now we can get excited again – because from Monday everyone will get the [...]

October 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Peterford Golf Club Swings Again

Peterford Golf Club is being revived in brand new take on the cult classic for Radio Two. Promising to do for golf clubs what Green Wing did for hospitals, this new sitcom incarnation of the long gestating project is written by its co-creator Simon Farnaby and stars Simon alongside Barunka [...]

October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

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