Paul Whitehouse

Paul and Bob Go Fishing

BBC Two has commissioned a new show in which Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer go fishing together. Paul is an experienced fisherman while Bob is a complete novice. Their friendship stretches back for decades, but they’ve recently reconnected after both suffering very serious heart problems and [...]

October 6, 2017 // 0 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

The Death of Stalin Trailer

The first official trailer for The Death of Stalin has been released.  Adapted by Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It, I’m Alan Partridge), David Schneider (The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge) and Ian Martin (The Thick Of It , Time Trumpet) from a graphic novel of the same [...]

August 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Rhys Thomas on Brian Pern: A Tribute

This week sees BBC Four air a special tribute to fallen prog-rock singer Brian Pern, who died last month aged 66 following an unexpected segway mistake. This exclusive documentary for BBC Four also features Brian’s final prophetic interview, which has never been transmitted before as well as the [...]

March 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

Brian Pern 1951-2017

The Velvet Onion is saddened to report the death of prog-rock legend Brian Pern, following an unexpected segway mistake. The singer was the frontman of 70s legends Thotch, whose hits included Onion Divorce, Worm Equinox, Rock the Nation and enormous festive hit In Dulci Yuletide, before [...]

February 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Windsors At Christmas

The Windsors are back for two Christmas specials on Channel 4, with TVO regulars Morgana Robinson, Katy Wix and Ellie White on board and Paul Whitehouse joining the cast. Adam Miller (Mongrels) is also returning as director. Here’s the first Christmas episode synopsis from Channel 4: [...]

November 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Murder In Successville On BBC2 Tomorrow!

The cult BBC Three comedy who-dunnit and big TVO favourite Murder in Successville is coming to BBC2, with the second series being shown in full on Sunday evenings. For the uninitiated, Tom Davis plays gruff copper DI Sleet, who pairs up with a real-life celebrity each week to solve the murder of a [...]

August 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

Preview: Murder in Successville Series 2

Next week sees the launch of Murder in Successville‘s second series: as the buddy cop celebrity sitcom gameshow hybrid returns to BBC Three on Wednesday 15th June. With a top notch cast of comic talent on board once more, including TVO regulars aplenty, is the second series worth the hype [...]

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the new inhabitants of Successville

The cult hit Murder in Successville returns to our screens on 15th June, with Tom Davis‘ DI Sleet once again taking a series of celebrity rookies out to solve a murder, committed by one of the famous inhabitants of the downtrodden town. As with Series 1 last year, the show also features [...]

June 4, 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

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

Crackanory week approaches!

Monday 7th December sees the launch of Crackanory series three, and as we told you recently, there’s an episode every day until Saturday! And here, at last, are the juicy details. To celebrate the show’s return, the good folk at UKTV have provided us with some sneaky peek treats and [...]

December 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Crackanory Returns

The long awaited third series of Crackanory is just over a month away, and the full list of this year’s readers have been revealed. For the uninitiated, the show features big name guests reading twisted tales – intercut with live action and animated segments which quite often star a [...]

November 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

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

So Hot Right Now #24

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… NEW TO TV AND RADIO THIS WEEK It’s yet another packed week for top notch television and radio [...]

March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #23

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the least news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… ON THE TELLY AND RADIO THIS WEEK We won’t lie to you: as weeks go, this one is absolutely huge [...]

March 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #22

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 take a look below. House of Fools welcomes Way & Davis Series Two of House of Fools continues apace this week, with [...]

March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments