Matt Lucas

Lucas and Oberman in Chichester

Matt Lucas and Tracy-Ann Oberman will appear in Chichester Festival Theatre’s new season this summer. Matt Lucas will be playing Bill Snibson in the musical Me and My Girl. This will be Matt’s first time in Chichester, but of course it won’t be his first musical theatre role as [...]

March 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Buy your onions! Christmas gift ideas from TVO…

Christmas is now only two weeks away, and that means one of two things: you’re either already sorted for present-buying this year, or you’ve got a stressful fortnight ahead. Well, if you’re in the latter camp, we’ve got you covered, as 2017 has been a bumper year for great [...]

December 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

First look at Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out

Big Night Out is returning for a one-off special on 29th December and the BBC have released a few preview images. In this special revival of the madcap show that first unleashed Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on TV audiences, the duo will be introducing us to some new characters as well as reuniting [...]

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Travel Man with Matt Lucas

Travel Man returns on Friday for a trip to Rome with Matt Lucas. In the new instalment, Richard Ayoade is accompanied by Matt Lucas for 48 hours in Rome. Day 1 sees them take a guided tour in vintage Fiat 500 cars, finishing on top of Gianicolo Hill in time for the cannon being fired – a [...]

October 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

QI turns to O, with the help of TVO!

The ever-popular not-so-general-knowledge panel show QI returns for its fifteenth series later this month, and once again, a number of TVO regulars will be making guest appearances. The series will be the second to be hosted by The Great British Bake-Off presenter Sandi Toksvig following [...]

October 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

London Film Festival

The lineup for BFI’s London Film Festival has been announced. This year’s festival runs from 4th to 15th October and there are a few TVO-connected films among the jam-packed programme. Funny Cow In 1970s and 80s Northern England, a woman rises above abusive relationships and crass [...]

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Birmingham Comedy Festival

The lineup for this year’s Birmingham Comedy Festival includes Matt Lucas and Simon Day. As part of the annual festival, Matt Lucas will be at Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday 14th October to talk about his new memoir Little Me: My Life from A-Z. Get tickets here. On Sunday 15th October, [...]

August 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Baby’s back for #5for5

Matt Lucas has revived the character of George Dawes for a one-off charity campaign video in aid of #5for5. Theirworld’s global campaign is aiming to change how the the world thinks about early childhood development. They believe all young children should have access to the care they need, [...]

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

How to Talk to Girls at Cannes

Forthcoming sci-fi rom-com How to Talk to Girls at Parties featuring Matt Lucas is to be screened as part of the Official Selection at the Canne Film Festival this year. Based on the short story of the same name by fantasy author Neil Gaiman, the film is directed by the genius mind [...]

April 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

Look Who’s Back! Doctor Who returns for Series 10

The longest running science-fiction series in history returns next weekend, and you’d have to be living under a rock to not know that Matt Lucas is appearing in ten episodes across the twelve-part series. Series Ten, or if you prefer, Season Thirty-Six, once again stars the inimitable Peter [...]

April 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Postscript: Comic Relief 2017

This year’s charity telethon featured a large TVO contingent amongst its bevy of stars, and raised over £71m for great causes around the world. But it was also a highly divisive evening for audiences. Our editor in chief, Paul Holmes, shares his thoughts on some of the things that worked, [...]

March 25, 2017 // 1 Comment

Christmas Onions 2016

The festive season is upon us and there’s plenty to keep you entertained on the tellybox. Here’s our roundup of this year’s most essential Christmas viewing. Drunk History Wednesday 21st December at 10pm, Comedy Central UK Rick Edwards tells the story of the World War I Christmas [...]

December 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Memoirs From Matt

Matt Lucas is writing an autobiography entitled Little Me: The A-Z of Matt Lucas.  The book is due to be released in November 2017, along with an audiobook version too. Matt says: “From my youth to Shooting Stars, Little Britain, Doctor Who and beyond, I’ve decided it’s [...]

October 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

QI Returns

Long-running panel show QI is back on our screens soon, with a few familiar TVO faces set to appear. The show’s 14th (!) series will focus on the letter N, covering topics from Nature and Night to Nordic and Naked. It will notably be the first series of QI to be presented by Sandi [...]

October 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who this Christmas

Matt Lucas‘ return to Doctor Who will happen sooner than expected, with confirmation that he is to appear in this year’s Christmas special to be found in the new edition of Doctor Who Magazine. Lucas played bumbly alien Nardole for the first time in the 2015 Christmas special, The [...]

September 21, 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

Nardole Returns

The BBC has announced that Matt Lucas will be appearing in Series 10 of Doctor Who, reprising his role as Nardole from the 2015 special The Husbands of River Song. Filming on the tenth series of the show (and its 36th overall since 1963), will begin next week in Cardiff, and will see Peter [...]

June 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Preview: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bank Holiday Monday sees Russell T Davies new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream première on BBC One, with TVO regular Matt Lucas in the star-studded cast. But as the flagship drama on the nation’s biggest tv channel that night, TVO was curious: is it accessible to relative [...]

May 24, 2016 // 0 Comments