Simon Farnaby

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

Comedy Showcase Details

Early last month we told you about the revival of Peterford Golf Club, this time as part of Radio 2’s Comedy Showcase. The show, now called The Peterford Golf Club) written by and starring Simon Farnaby, was broadcast at 10pm on Tuesday evening, with a repeat tomorrow at 10pm. It also starred [...]

November 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

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

Return of the Detectorists

BBC Four’s award-winning sitcom The Detectorists returns this month for a new six part series, with Simon Farnaby once again making an appearance. Written and directed by Mackenzie Crook – star of The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones – the show [...]

October 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Peterford Golf Club Swings Again

Peterford Golf Club is being revived in brand new take on the cult classic for Radio Two. Promising to do for golf clubs what Green Wing did for hospitals, this new sitcom incarnation of the long gestating project is written by its co-creator Simon Farnaby and stars Simon alongside Barunka [...]

October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Rave Reviews For Bill

Bill, the new feature film about the lost years of William Shakespeare’s life, from the team who brought us Horrible Histories, has been wowing critics. Inspired by her own visit to the cinema to see the film (which boasts a bevy of TVO faces), Velveteer Mog rounds up the recent Bill [...]

September 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bill – Out Tomorrow

Bill – the long awaited film about the lost years of William Shakespeare is finally released tomorrow (September 18th), six months later than originally planned. It is written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, who star in the film, along with the rest of the cast of BBC’s [...]

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments