Rufus Jones

Loaded EXCLUSIVE preview clip

Next week sees the launch of Channel 4’s new sitcom Loaded starring Samuel Anderson, Nick Helm, Jonny Sweet and TVO regular Jim Howick, and the good folk at Channel 4 have provided us with an exclusive preview clip while we wait! The eight part series focuses on four friends who have just [...]

May 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

BAFTA Craft Nominees

The nominees have been announced for the BAFTA Craft Awards, with some well-deserved recognition for Camping and Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle. Here are the nominees in the comedy writing category: JULIA DAVIS – Camping (Baby Cow Productions/Sky Atlantic) PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE [...]

March 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Top TV Comedy Performances of 2016

No matter what else occurred in 2016, it was a bit of a cracking year for ‘our sort’ of comedy on TV. Within the first few months we were treated to new dark comedies Stag, Camping and Flowers, shortly followed by specials from both Alan Partridge and Philomena Cunk. We also got a [...]

January 29, 2017 // 1 Comment

BBC must do ‘More Of Less’ as W1A returns

The BBC’s Head of Values, Ian Fletcher is once again throwing open the revolving doors to New Broadcasting House to allow cameras to film series three of the award winning documentary W1A, which throws light on the ins and outs of daily life at the BBC. The cameras will be following Ian and his [...]

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

BIFA screenings for independent films

The Ghoul and Trespass Against Us are to screen across the UK as part of the BIFI Independents season. For the uninitiated The Ghoul is the directorial debut by Gareth Tunley and stars a bevy of TVO regulars including Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Dan Skinner, Geoffrey McGivern and Rufus [...]

January 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spotting TVO links in Ricky Gervais shows

Ricky Gervais seems ubiquitous at the moment, what with his recent film David Brent: Life on the Road, live performances in character as Brent, and a stand-up tour (as himself) scheduled for 2017. So we thought we’d take a look back through Ricky’s television work, from The [...]

December 22, 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

Dead Funny Teasers

Some teaser videos have been released for Dead Funny – the upcoming West End play starring Katherine Parkinson, Rufus Jones and Steve Pemberton. Here’s the first video, in which the cast discuss whether Rufus will be “taking his kit off” in the show. [...]

October 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

TVO Terrors in Manchester this month

Mancunians are in for a real treat this month: as Prevenge and The Ghoul are set for preview screenings at HOME. For the uninitiated (warning: you may be on the wrong website) – Prevenge is written by, directed by and stars Alice Lowe alongside Kate Dickie, Mike Wozniak and fellow TVO [...]

October 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Funny people in Dead Funny

Terry Johnson’s critically acclaimed play Dead Funny is returning to the West End, and Katherine Parkinson, Rufus Jones and Steve Pemberton are amongst the cast. The play tells the story of Eleanor and Richard (played by Katherine and Rufus) – a couple with a dilemma. She wants a [...]

September 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

W1A Returns

BBC satire W1A is set to return for a third series in 2017. The second series of W1A was on our screens back in May 2015, and the delay in making a third series has been put down to availability of the show’s cast. Said cast includes TVO regulars Jessica Hynes as nonsense-spouting PR [...]

August 27, 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

Onion Talking: Gareth And The Ghoul

As our regular readers will be aware, we’ve been getting properly excited about The Ghoul for some time. Now our excitement levels have reached a new level: the writer/director of the film, Gareth Tunley, has been kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Written and directed by Gareth, [...]

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Preview Peek At The Ghoul

This week, we were lucky enough to attend a preview screening of Gareth Tunley’s debut feature film, The Ghoul. Mog made a few notes… Starring Tom Meeten, and with a cast that includes Alice Lowe, Dan Skinner, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye, Waen Shepherd (who also scores the film – but [...]

May 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Paddingtwo!

Paul King‘s 2014 family blockbuster Paddington will be getting a sequel in 2017, it has been revealed. The film, which starred Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi was based on the much-loved books by Michael Bond about the young bear from darkest [...]

May 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Tom Meeten And The Ghoul

A wee while ago we sat down for a couple of pints in the delightful company of Tom Meeten, to chat about (what was then) his forthcoming UK tour with Noel Fielding. He also talked to us about his latest film project, The Ghoul. Boasting a quality cast and crew that reads like a who’s who [...]

April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Sounds of Shepherd

Waen Shepherd has released selections of the score he created for forthcoming Velvet Onion-flavoured movie The Ghoul. The film is the feature length directorial debut its writer, Gareth Tunley, and stars Tom Meeten alongside Shepherd, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Paul Kaye, Geoffrey McGivern, [...]

April 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Gutpunch online

The long awaited short film Gutpunch featuring Justin Edwards and Rufus Jones, is now available to watch online. Written by Andy Yerlett and directed by Adrian McDowall, the short tells the story of 15-year old Adam (Christian Lees), who discovers the man he thought was his father (Edwads) is [...]

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Review: Stag

Julie Burrow looks back at Jim Field Smith's horror thriller Stag, starring Jim Howick, Rufus Jones and Reece Shearsmith. [...]

April 10, 2016 // 0 Comments