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The Return Of Brian Pern

Smash hit BBC Four mockumentary The Life of Rock with Brian Pern has been granted a second series – and a promotion to BBC Two. Written and directed by Rhys Thomas, the show stars Simon Day as prog-rock legend and world-music inventor Brian Pern, alongside TVO regulars Lucy [...]

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Cornettos To Go, Please…

This week marks the tenth anniversary of Shaun of the Dead being released in UK cinemas, and to celebrate, director Edgar Wright has made the scripts to all three parts of his Three Cornettos Trilogy available to download for free. Each film in the series – Shaun…, Hot [...]

April 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brian Pern’s Greatest Hits I

This week saw the launch of The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern – the magnificent new spoof documentary series from Rhys Thomas and Simon Day featuring a whole host of big name guest stars. Episode One aired on Monday, and in amongst the big name artists discussed (Bowie was a fag-stealer; [...]

February 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Life Of Rock Starts Tonight!

The Life Of Rock – the new mockumentary from Rhys Thomas and Simon Day – starts tonight on BBC Four. We first told you about the show a while back now, and have been itching to see the results ever since.  It features Simon Day as spoof 70s rock god Brian Pern, and pays homage to an [...]

February 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

BBC4 Announces New Comedy

BBC4, the channel perhaps better known for meaningful documentaries about seminal albums is ramping up its comedy offering, and there are a few TVO faces in the line-up! First up is The Walshes, a three-part series co-written by Graham Linehan and the five piece Irish comedy troupe Diet of Worms [...]

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Trailer Time For Brian Pern & Inside No. 9

The BBC have released trailers for two of their forthcoming comedy shows with strong TVO connections. The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern – written, directed and produced by Rhys Thomas – airs from Monday 10th February at 10pm on BBC Four, and features Simon Day as the titular rock [...]

January 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Chat Show Roulette Spins Again

Tickets are now available for the latest iteration of Chat Show Roulette, which records next month. The improvised chat show features Justin Edwards as the host, and a string of guest performers who don’t know who they will be playing until literally seconds before they appear – [...]

January 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern

TVO can confirm that Rhys Thomas’ brand new mockumentary series, The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, begins on BBC Four next month. Originally announced as Rock Ratatouille back in September, the show is the brainchild of of Rhys – who directs, produces and writes the show based [...]

January 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Waen 2525

Last month we told you about a new radio comedy – 2525 – featuring Waen Shepherd, set 512 years in the future, when kitchen appliances are competitive, stand-up comedians are robots and The Beatles have become a religion. We can now tell you that the first episode will be on Radio 4 [...]

December 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Harry Hill Movie

Harry Hill’s first movie, called The Harry Hill Movie, is released in the UK on Friday (20th December). The film also stars Julie Walters, Matt Lucas and Julian Barratt as Conch. The story revolves around Harry’s pet hamster who he believes only has one week to live, and Harry’s [...]

December 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Look At The Look Of Love

The Look Of Love – the hit biopic of porn baron Paul Raymond starring Steve Coogan – is now available on dvd and blu-ray. The former ‘King Of Soho’ opened the UK’s first strip club, before buying up much of Soho and founding numerous soft-corn magazines. Perhaps his [...]

August 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

New Thomas & Way

The Thomas & Way Podcast is back, and this one has their old mate Matt Lucas to keep them company. Find out about Matt’s relationship with Creme Eggs, and the lads have an in-depth discussion about chocolate, cheese, Shooting Stars, Queen and Google Glasses. They also mention Vic and [...]

February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Chat Show Roulette Comes To Television!

The popular live character comedy night Chat Show Roulette is to make a move to television, with initial episodes filming next month. The show, presented by our very own Justin Edwards, is a new take on the traditional chat show format, which first appeared at The Soho Theatre back in June, [...]

January 29, 2013 // 4 Comments

Chat Show Roulette

Some familiar names almost crept past our peepers in a new show to come from the Soho Theatre! Chat Show Roulette is a new take on the traditional chat show format, there will be a host and three guests, but the guests are all comedy performers and they won’t know who their characters are [...]

June 25, 2012 // 5 Comments


A vintage late 90s sketch series featuring Tony Way, Steve Burge and a host of other big names is being released on dvd in November. Barking was made for Channel 4 back in 1998, and as if to prove that nothing really changes, was immediately dumped in a graveyard slot and denied a second [...]

September 27, 2011 // 3 Comments

BBC Booshniverse USA!

A string of TVO related shows are coming to BBC America over the next 12 months. First up, comes the recent smash hit Come Fly With Me – the brainchild of Little Britain stars Matt Lucas & David Walliams, which is directed by our very own Paul King.  Also featuring a cameo from Alice [...]

May 12, 2011 // 3 Comments

Xmas Boosh On The Box

For those of you pining for a seasonal dose of Booshniverse, here’s a rundown of the TV that’s worth setting your Sky+ for… First off there are the repeats of Little Crackers currently airing on Sky.  Julian Barratt’s episode airs on Sky2 at 01:45 on 26th December and [...]

December 23, 2010 // 2 Comments

King Of Little Britain

Paul King has been confirmed as the director for a new BBC1 TV show featuring Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas. The six-part series has the working title Come Fly With Me and is set in a busy airport. It promises all new characters from the pair, along with special guest [...]

May 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Forgotten Favourites: AD/BC

There are times when writing for The Velvet Onion is a matter of simply posting the news of a fresh gig, a dvd release, or a fresh interview.  These don’t come along every day, however, and in an attempt to widen the scope of TVO and keep our faithful readers entertained, we will be [...]

February 6, 2010 // 3 Comments