Simon Farnaby

100% Paddington

Paddington 2 – the smash hit family film from written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby and directed by King – has officially wowed the critics like very little else. Movie website Rotten Tomatoes is famed for rounding up as many officially published reviews as possible, to inform its [...]

January 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Paddington 2 and The Ghoul get BAFTA nominations

It was a strong year for British film last year, and a fantastic one for TVO related movies too, so we’re overjoyed to learn that both Paddington 2 and The Ghoul have been nominated for BAFTA awards this morning. Paddington 2, written by Simon Farnaby and Paul King, directed by King [...]

January 9, 2018 // 1 Comment

Buy your onions! Christmas gift ideas from TVO…

Christmas is now only two weeks away, and that means one of two things: you’re either already sorted for present-buying this year, or you’ve got a stressful fortnight ahead. Well, if you’re in the latter camp, we’ve got you covered, as 2017 has been a bumper year for great [...]

December 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Mindhorn on demand

Mindhorn is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. In the 2017 comedy film written by Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, Julian stars as Richard Thorncroft – a washed up actor whose career peaked in the 1980s when he was known for playing Mindhorn, a detective with a robotic eye that [...]

December 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Magic Faraway Tree with Farnaby

Simon Farnaby is writing a film adaption of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. Fresh from co-writing Paddington 2, which is in cinemas now, Simon Farnaby (Horrible Histories, Yonderland, Mindhorn) is now turning The Magic Faraway Tree into a film for StudioCanal. The series set in an [...]

November 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Paddington 2 Pre-Orders

Paul King and Simon Farnaby‘s #1 box-office smash Paddington 2 is now available to pre-order on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray and Amazon Instant Video. Once again starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi, with Ben Wishaw as the voice of Paddington, [...]

November 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

King and Farnaby on Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is in cinemas now, so Paul King and Simon Farnaby spoke to film site HeyUGuys about it. In the five-minute interview, Paul and Simon talk about the widespread appeal of Paddington as a character, the resonance of a story about a stranger in need of kindness, and how they approached [...]

November 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Preview: Detectorists Series 3

The third series of Detectorists starts Wednesday 8th November on BBC Four. Here are Sophie‘s thoughts on the opening episode… Series 3 of Detectorists begins with dramatic music, sweeping us into an office full of people in suits. I had to pause for a second to check that I wasn’t [...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Paddington On Display

The Museum of London is hosting an exhibition of costumes and props and from Paddington 2. The follow up to the hugely-successful Paddington is once again directed by Mighty Boosh and Bunny & The Bull director, Paul King, is written by the multi-talented Simon Farnaby, and features follow TVO [...]

October 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Paddington 2 Trailer

The trailer and supporting cast for Paddington 2 have been revealed. Paul King (director of The Mighty Boosh and Bunny and the Bull) returns to direct Paddington 2, and he has co-written the film with Simon Farnaby (Horrible Histories, Yonderland, Detectorists). Many of the original [...]

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Preview: Quacks

Victorian medical comedy Quacks begins Tuesday 15th August on BBC Two. Sophie Davies has had a sneak peak at the much anticipated new series… A leg amputation might not sound like the ideal opening to a new sitcom, but in the world of Quacks – where medical practices couldn’t [...]

August 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Michael Bond: 1926-2017

The Velvet Onion is deeply saddened to learn of the death of beloved childrens author Michael Bond CBE, following a short illness. Bond’s most famous work in a career which spanned six decades is, of course, Paddington Bear: the mamalade-loving young bear from deepest, darkest Peru. First [...]

June 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

MindhOWN – Pre-order Mindhorn on disc and digital now!

Mindhorn – the smash hit film from Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby – will be released on blu-ray, dvd and download in September. If you’ve been living under a rock recently, or maybe just in a bunker filled with merchandise from long-forgotten detective series, Mindhorn is [...]

June 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Paddington 2 trailer released

The first look trailer for Paddington 2 has been released this morning. The film reunites the all star cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin, with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton as Aunt [...]

May 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Elvin single released, and Mindhorn connection revealed

Antony Elvin‘s new single with Nina Miranda, Whole of London, is out now alongside the parent album, Freedom of Movement, via Six Degrees, and the track’s music video has been released today. Freedom of Movement is the debut solo album from the English Brazillian singer, who has [...]

May 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Unadorned Truth… on vinyl!

Following the successful reissue of Richard Thorncroft’s cult single You Can’t Handcuff the Wind, recently featured in the movie Mindhorn, a limited edition 3-track 12″ single is available to pre-order by the actor. The film is written by and stars Julian Barratt and Simon [...]

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Barratt & Farnaby Do Mindhorn

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that Mindhorn, the new film from Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, has just started its run in UK cinemas. Mog on our team had the pleasure of chatting to them earlier this week: I wasn’t too sure what to expect of my time [...]

May 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

Review: Mindhorn

Our roving reporter, Mog, has been lucky enough to see Mindhorn twice. The first time she was so absorbed in the film she forgot to make any notes. That probably tells you all you need to know (about both the film and her). On the second run, she was able to remember why she was there; [...]

May 2, 2017 // 1 Comment

You Can’t Handcuff the Wind

…but Richard Thorncroft can, as his legendary long-lost single of the same name is released digitally today. UPDATE! The music video is now available too, and can be watched at the bottom of this post. The track features in Mindhorn – the new film written by and starring Julian [...]

April 28, 2017 // 1 Comment