Rhys Thomas

Clark And Day In Conversation

We enjoy Dan Clark‘s Screen Talk podcasts for Fubar Radio – and we’re rather sad that he’s been away for a while. Thankfully, he’s back! After a 7 month hiatus, Dan returns with another great Screen Talk, this time with Simon Day as his guest. In the interview Simon [...]

August 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rhys Thomas Writing Two New Comedies

After killing off his comic creation Brian Pern and making Brian Pern: A Tribute for BBC Four earlier this year, Rhys Thomas has two new TV projects in the works. The first project is a sitcom called Scaffs, which Rhys has written and the BBC is developing. ‘Scaffs’ is short for [...]

May 9, 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

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

Spooky Onions: TVO Favourites at Halloween

Ghosts and ghouls are on the prowl this weekend, as Halloween approaches on Monday evening, and everyone gets to play ‘Count The Harley Quinn Costumes’ in their nightclub of choice. Yes, it’s time for some grisly fancy dress, far too many sweets, and some kick-arse horror movies [...]

October 28, 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

Mr Conkers vs The Queen

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that Queen Elizabeth II recently celebrated her 90th birthday. The media circus was in full swing, and ‘highlights’ included a lengthy documentary in which the royal family looked back through Her Maj’s own collection of [...]

May 3, 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

Christmas Onions 2015

TVO has rounded up this year’s essential festive viewing, and summarised it on our homepage for the season. But here for posterity, and those of you bookmark thevelvetonion.com/news and come straight here, is that round-up. The following selection of new shows on your tellybox this Yuletide [...]

December 19, 2015 // 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

From Rags to Rhapsody

40 years ago this week, Bohemian Rhapsody topped the UK chart for the first time. It would stay there for nine weeks, then return for five more at the end of 1991. And to celebrate, comedy legend and part-time Queen documentarian Rhys Thomas has made another documentary for his favourite band. [...]

December 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

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

New Thomas & Way Podcast – At Last!

After an unplanned 18 month gap, Rhys Thomas and Tony Way have finally released their latest (21st) podcast for your listening pleasure. The lads drink some questionable wine, talk about Doctor Who, discuss the General Election and there’s a surprise guest. They also reminisce about the good [...]

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments