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RIP Caroline Aherne 1963 – 2016

The Velvet Onion is extremely saddened to report the death of Caroline Aherne who has lost her battle with cancer, aged 52. Born in Ealing but raised in the Manchester district of Wythenshawe, Caroline Aherne’s breakthrough role was as the elderly chat-show host and agony aunt Mrs Merton [...]

July 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Five days in a Big Field

A smattering of TVO regulars make appearances in new BBC Three comedy series Big Field.  The show is the brainchild of Darren Dutton and Jonny Roberts, originally an independent viral smash in its own right, and is proudly made of recycled materials. That is, it steals the sound of your [...]

June 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

Victoria Wood CBE – 1953-2016

The Velvet Onion would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Victoria Wood CBE, who passed away today. Hailing from the Prestwich area of Bury in the North West of England, Victoria Wood started her career appearing on tv talent show New Faces in 1974, and became a [...]

April 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what you can catch on the picturebox this week. Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll Thursday, 10:00pm, BBC Four Simon Day returns as the legendary Thotch frontman Brian Pern in the third series of his mockumentary saga created with Rhys Thomas. Along for the ride once more are [...]

January 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what you can catch on the picturebox this week. Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll Thursday, 10:00pm, BBC Four Simon Day returns as the legendary Thotch frontman Brian Pern in the third series of his mockumentary saga created with Rhys Thomas. Along for the ride once more are [...]

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pern returns in January

Brian Pern returns to our screens on January 14th, and there’s a brand new trailer to savour below. The third series – 45 Years in Prog and Roll – once again features the hapless prog-rock ‘star’ played by Simon Day from creators Day and Rhys Thomas as we catch [...]

December 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Comedy Showcase Details

Early last month we told you about the revival of Peterford Golf Club, this time as part of Radio 2’s Comedy Showcase. The show, now called The Peterford Golf Club) written by and starring Simon Farnaby, was broadcast at 10pm on Tuesday evening, with a repeat tomorrow at 10pm. It also starred [...]

November 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

BBC Store now open!

The BBC has unveiled the long awaited BBC Store: a new digital service that makes it easy for audiences to buy, enjoy and keep their favourite BBC programmes. And the best news of all is that it’s officially open right now! A large collection of titles across genres are available at launch, [...]

November 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Madchester Pern

As we wait rather impatiently for the third series of Brian Pern, the team behind it have released a mini-episode online. In it, Simon Day returns as Brian Pern – former frontman of prog-numpties Thotch turned activist and world-music inventor. In this installment, we find out about [...]

October 2, 2015 // 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

A Return for Brian Pern

Simon Day‘s pompous prog-rock alter-ego Brian Pern is to return for another three-part series in the Winter. The character – former front-man of Thotch turned eco-warrior – was created by Day and Rhys Thomas for a series of BBC Comedy Feeds in 2010, before being revived for [...]

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brian Pern Live!

Brian Pern is celebrating his illustrious 40-year career in music with a one-off live show in London! The founder of fictional prog rock band Thotch and creation of Simon Day and Rhys Thomas, will be Only Live Only For Only One Night Only at The Lyric Theatre in London on Monday 19th October at [...]

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #28

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 THIS WEEK below… A SEANCE WITH LOWE & LLOYD FOR INSIDE NO. 9 The superlative creativity of Reece [...]

April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

TVO-ers On Tittle Tattle

We’ve discovered a new upload of a BBC Radio 2 pilot, featuring a number of Velvet Onion regulars. Tittle Tattle was written by and features Rhys Thomas, alongside Lucy Montgomery, Steve Burge and Waen Shepherd. The 30 minute topical show sees Thomas chatting with guests, discussing the [...]

January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #11

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. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TVO TELLY FANS! As Noddy Holder once sang: IT’S [...]

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #10

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. TVO ON TELLY This week sees a drop in the number of TVO related shows on our screens, as both Toast of [...]

December 15, 2014 // 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

So Hot Right Now #7

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. PADDINGTON ARRIVES The British media has gone absolutely potty for the new Paddington movie, which is released [...]

November 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mongrels Return – To Dave

Although it’s not quite the return we had hoped for, series one of Mongrels is set to air on Dave from Monday 30th June at 3.15am! As regular readers know Adam Miller‘s foul-mouthed puppet show featured Tony Way as Gary, the owner of a South London pub that just so happens to be surrounded [...]

June 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

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