Richard Ayoade

Ayoade’s Dome Revealed

The Crystal Maze returns to Channel 4 next month, with Richard Ayoade at the helm and designer James Dillon back on board too… and the first tease has been revealed today. As you can see from the picture above, Ayoade takes centre stage in front of the all new Crystal Dome. The series, [...]

May 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

Ayoade in Early Man

Richard Ayoade has joined the cast of new film Early Man. The latest animated feature from Aardman is about a caveman who unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. As well as Richard Ayoade, the cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Timothy Spall, Tom [...]

March 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Return of Travel Man

Good news! Travel Man will return to Channel 4 on Monday 6th March. In the first episode of the new series, Richard Ayoade will be joined by comedian Rob Beckett on a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, for a post-Soviet itinerary including an armoured tank, caviar, vodka and [...]

February 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Ayoade On Fake News Quiz

Richard Ayoade will be one of the panelists on The Fake News Show which airs on Channel 4 tomorrow, Monday 6th February. The one-off quiz show is part of a week of programming about fake news and the post-truth world, which kicks off at 7pm on Channel 4. The Fake News Show airs at 8pm, [...]

February 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Start the Fans! The Crystal Maze returns!

Cult game-show The Crystal Maze is returning to Channel 4 for a full series – and Richard Ayoade is to host! The original series ran from 1990 to 1995 and featured members of the public completing complex physical or mental tasks in locked rooms, in a bid to win crystals which equated to [...]

January 13, 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

Preview Pictures: Travel Man in Florence

A Christmas special of Travel Man is coming our way… and on Christmas Day no less! So while you’re lying on your sofa having consumed so much food and/or alcohol that you can no longer move, tune into Channel 4 at 8pm to see Richard Ayoade exploring the Italian city of Florence with [...]

December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Get Some Ultimate IT Crowd In Your Stocking

Get those Christmas lists out! A new DVD box set of The IT Crowd has just been released in the US and it will be available in the UK later this month. The Ultimate Boxset includes Versions 1.0-4.0 of the award-winning show as well as The Internet Is Coming episode, and a whole bunch of extras, [...]

December 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Christmas Special for Travel Man

Channel 4 has announced that Travel Man will return for a Christmas special, followed by two new series in 2017. In the hour-long Christmas special, Richard Ayoade will be joined by comedian and actress Rebel Wilson on a tour of Florence, Italy. Past episodes of Travel Man have featured guests [...]

November 9, 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

Bea Joins 8 Out Of 10 Cats

Channel 4 has announced that 8 Out Of 10 Cats and its Countdown spin-off are set to return, with Aisling Bea joining the former as a new team captain. 8 Out Of 10 Cats will be returning for its 19th series (the first since 2014) and a few changes have been made… Jimmy Carr is still [...]

October 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ayoade Questions Herzog

As part of the BFI London Film Festival, Richard Ayoade will host the UK premiere screening of Werner Herzog’s latest film, followed by a Q&A with the director himself.  The event will take place on Thursday October 13th at Picturehouse Central in London, and the good news is that you [...]

October 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Big Fat Quiz is Back

The Big Fat Quiz of Everything is returning to Channel 4, and this time it’s not a one-off special but a whole series!  The first edition will air tonight (Monday 15th August) at 9pm on Channel 4, with guests Mel Giedroyc, Claudia Winkleman, David Mitchell, Jonathan Ross, Bob Mortimer and [...]

August 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ayoade on Adam Buxton Podcast

Richard Ayoade is a very busy man at the moment! Whilst in Lisbon with Adam Buxton filming the next series of Travel Man, he found the time to be a guest on Adam’s popular podcast. The pair’s ‘ramble-chat’ has been split into two episodes, which are both available now. [...]

July 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ayoade at The Prince Charles Cinema

Richard Ayoade will be making a special appearance at The Prince Charles Cinema to introduce a double feature of Submarine and The Double. The Prince Charles Cinema, Central London’s only independent cinema, is showing Submarine and The Double as a 35mm double feature on Monday 8th [...]

July 5, 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

Sightings of Travel Man

Richard Ayoade has been spotted filming the next series of Travel Man with some very interesting guests. If, like us at The Velvet Onion, you’re a fan of Channel 4’s Travel Man, you’ll be pleased to know that production of the comedy-travel show’s next series is under [...]

July 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

As Yet Untitled returns

The forthcoming fourth series of improvised chat show Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled will feature a bevy of TVO related artists, we can reveal. The show – which airs on freeview channel Dave – features the much loved stand-up comic, QI regular and Jonathan Creek star talking [...]

May 24, 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