Simon Farnaby

The Making of Mindhorn

As we count down to the official release of Mindhorn, the new film written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, we bring you the inside story of the development and making of the film, as told by the stars, cast and crew. Ten years ago, Julian and Simon decided they wanted to make a [...]

April 14, 2017 // 1 Comment

Detectorists Return For Series 3

BBC Four has confirmed a third series of the BAFTA-winning Detectorists, the sitcom about a group of treasure hunters which includes Simon Farnaby in its cast. Written, directed by, and starring Mackenzie Crook, the show features Crook and Toby Jones as metal detector enthusiasts, Andy and Lance, [...]

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Mindhorn outside the UK

Netflix has acquired the rights to Mindhorn outside the UK. The new comedy film, written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, will be in UK cinemas from May 5th and is now set to have its Netflix launch on May 12th. For any of you who are unfamiliar with Mindhorn (and who clearly [...]

March 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

LOCO Comedy Film Festival

The 6th annual LOCO Comedy Film Festival is coming to London in May 2017, with several TVO-connected films on the bill… Mindhorn + Q&A with filmmakers and cast Friday 5th May at 8.45pm In this comedy film from the minds of Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, has-been actor Richard [...]

March 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Simon Swings Again

Simon Farnaby is working on another golf-based project – this one is a film about a golfer who blags his way into the British Open. Going by the name of The Phantom Of The Open, the film is an adaptation of a book of the same name, which Simon wrote in 2010 in partnership with Scott Murray. [...]

March 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

Mindhorn Trailer

A trailer has been released for Mindhorn, written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby. You’ll be able to see the film in cinemas from May 5th. We saw a preview at London Film Festival last year and can confirm that you’re in for a [...]

March 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yonderbye

Family friendly fantasy favourite Yonderland will not be returning, it has been revealed. The Sky One comedy drama, which ran for three series and a Christmas special, was the work of the original lead cast for CBBC’s Horrible Histories – all of whom have made regular contributions [...]

February 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

Red Twelve to Blue Five

There’s no denying it – chances are the first proper Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One is going to break box office records when it opens later this week. Shrouded in secrecy, the film is hotly anticipated, bridging the gap between the sixth film in the franchise (2005’s [...]

December 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

BIFA Nominations Full List

The full list of nominations for the 2016 British Independent Film Awards has been released.  Here’s a roundup of the many nominations received by TVO-connected films and artists: Notes On Blindness – Best British Independent Film, Best Director (James Spinney & Pete Middleton), [...]

November 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Chat About Yonderland

Series 3 of Yonderland is now under way on Sky 1, and we’re excitedly gearing up for episode 3 which airs this Sunday at 6.30pm. Larry Rickard and Jim Howick, two of the Yonderland team responsible for writing and performing in the show, were kind enough to talk to us about the new [...]

October 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Fine Showing At BIFA 2016

The film selections have been announced for the three categories for new film talent in the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, and we’re delighted to report that there’s a strong showing from TVO-connected projects! So far the long list of nominees have been revealed in the [...]

October 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yonderland In Pictures

Series 3 of Yonderland hits our TV screens later today, and we’re pretty darned excited about it. If you’re familiar with the show you’ll know that the unique visual world the team has created is one of its (many) pleasures. And if you’re not familiar with Yonderland yet, [...]

October 16, 2016 // 1 Comment

A Trip To Yonderland

The third series of Yonderland, the surreal puppet-flavoured comedy from the Bill/Horrible Histories team, will be hitting our TV screens in exactly one week. As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader, a couple of weekends ago the BFI hosted a preview screening and cast Q&A. We [...]

October 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

TVO-Connected Film Events At Empire Live

Empire Live is a three day film-centric series of events at the O2, and we can look forward to seeing a smattering of TVO faces across the weekend. The action takes place on 23rd, 24th and 25th September, and it offers tons to see and do for film fans. From a Velvet Onion perspective, however, [...]

September 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

John Hopkins: Past, Present & Futuristic

John Hopkins formed part of the iconic Ealing Live comedy troupe, who we tend to think of as the artistic core of The Velvet Onion. Since then he’s continued to work with multiple offshoots of the TVO family. Recently, we’ve been focusing on his newest work – his web series [...]

September 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

TVO at the London Film Festival

You lucky lot have the chance to see an exciting selection of TVO-connected films at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. Mindhorn In this new film written by Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, a fading actor who starred in a hit 80s TV show about a detective with a robotic eye must return to [...]

September 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yonderland’s Back With A Bang

Yonderland, the surreal, silly (always in a good way) puppet-based show from the brilliant Horrible Histories/Bill team, will be returning to our screens for a third series – and the new series will be heralded with a preview screening, cast Q&A and ‘Funday workshop’. In [...]

August 10, 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

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

So Hot Right Now: On TV This Week

Here’s what’s coming up over the next 7 days. Toast of London Wednesdays, 10:30pm, Channel Four Matt Berry returns as the larger than life Steven Toast, in the sitcom he writes with Arthur Matthews (Father Ted, Big Train). As ever, Harry Peacock, Doon Mackichan, Tracy Oberman, Tim [...]

November 30, 2015 // 0 Comments