Simon Greenall

Celebr-ALAN-tion for Partridge in Manchester

I’m Alan Partridge is 20 years old this year, so the good folk behind the Pilot Light TV Festival are putting on a celebratory shindig in Manchester next month to celebrate. AHA! I’m Alan Partridge 20th Anniversary Celebration Special will see the Norfolk broadcaster, who first rose to [...]

July 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Victoria Wood CBE – 1953-2016

The Velvet Onion would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Victoria Wood CBE, who passed away today. Hailing from the Prestwich area of Bury in the North West of England, Victoria Wood started her career appearing on tv talent show New Faces in 1974, and became a [...]

April 20, 2016 // 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

Wunderland Returns

We’re late. We’re late. For a very important date. No time to say Jasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, we’re late, we’re late, we’re late! Yes, it’s not often we’re behind the times, but somehow, a bubble in the Onionverse caused a rift in the comedy continuum [...]

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Prince sees Prince

Here at The Velvet Onion, we try to focus on the real, genuine news stories surrounding the alternative comedians who make up our family of frequent collaborators. We leave their personal lives very much off limits – as cute as all those Velvet Babies are these days – and don’t [...]

August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Onion Talking: Fergus Craig goes Hoff the Record

This week sees the launch of Hoff the Record – the brand new partially improvised mockumentary about David Hasselhoff, in which the 80s legend stars alongside TVO regular Fergus Craig. With numerous other familiar faces appearing across the run, and this being Fergus’ most high [...]

June 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

Fifty 2

This coming weekend sees the culmination of BBC 2’s anniversary celebrations from a TVO perspective, as the fifty year old channel revives some of it’s biggest comedy smashes for a series of one-off specials. Top of the hitlist is Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s – a [...]

May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Preview Peeling: Cardinal Burns Series 2

This week sees the long-awaited return of Cardinal Burns to our TV screens, with Episode 1 airing at 10:30pm. The madcap sketch show starring Seb Cardinal and Dustin Debri-Burns is, once again, co-written by a large number of comedic talents, including TVO regulars Rufus Jones and Fergus Craig. [...]

April 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Eldon in Hancock Remake

Kevin Eldon is one of the artists set to feature in a remake of Hancock’s Half Hour, the iconic radio show from the 1950s. BBC Radio 4 will be recreating lost episodes of the show, with a new cast which includes Pirates of the Caribbean actor Kevin McNally in the title role originally [...]

April 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Alice Returns To Wunderland

Alice’s Wunderland – the surreal radio sketch show from the mind of Alice Lowe returns next week to Radio 4. The show is set in the titular Wunderland – the pound shop of magical realms which is home to waifs, stays, ghosts, pensioners and squirrels, all brought to life by Alice [...]

December 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Partridge In The Norwich Sky

An illuminated Alan Partridge features in this year’s Christmas Lights in the city of Norwich. The light display includes a 30ft sculpture of Partridge’s face. And, if that alone wasn’t enough, it sings Roachford’s 1980s hit Cuddly Toy, which the character sang in the movie, [...]

November 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

Alpha Papa Is Top Dog

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa has topped the UK box office. The film was released late last week, and has made £2.17 million in its opening weekend, according to BBC News. Years and years in gestation, the film stars Steve Coogan as the difficult broadcaster, alongside Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, [...]

August 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

One Vision… With Alan Partridge

The first full trailer for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa has arrived online, and it’s a belter. The film features Steve Coogan as the eponymous broadcaster, held hostage in a siege at Radio Norwich by a disgruntled former employee (former Star Trek star Colm Meaney).  Along for the ride are [...]

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Alan Partridge Movie – Releases And Revelations!

A bit of a stir was created earlier today with the release of the first official photograph from the Alan Partridge Movie. The image is classic Partridge, although sadly it doesn’t tell us a great deal about the film’s plot. Indeed, plot details for the film have yet to be revealed, although [...]

March 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wunderland To Keep

Alice’s Wunderland, the new comedy written by and starring Alice Lowe, is this week’s Comedy of the Week on BBC Radio 4! That means it’s available as a free podcast for you to download and keep forever. If you haven’t previously visited Wunderland, the show is narrated by [...]

July 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Take A Trip To Wunderland

Back in August 2011 we took great pleasure in announcing that Alice’s Lowe’s radio show, Alice’s Wunderland, had been granted a full series, following the success of the brilliant pilot epiosde. Alice’s busy schedule has meant its taken some time to reach us, but at last the [...]

July 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hard To Tell

TVO regular Katy Wix,  stars in a new radio show, Hard to Tell, which starts on Radio 4 today. The four-part relationship comedy, written by Jonny Sweet, revolves around Tom Sheffield (played by Jonny himself), his immediate family (Getting On’s Vicki Pepperdine, The Thick Of It’s Alex [...]

October 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Barking

A vintage late 90s sketch series featuring Tony Way, Steve Burge and a host of other big names is being released on dvd in November. Barking was made for Channel 4 back in 1998, and as if to prove that nothing really changes, was immediately dumped in a graveyard slot and denied a second [...]

September 27, 2011 // 3 Comments

The Many Faces Of Wunderland

Alice’s Wunderland is set to air this coming week, and here at TVO we wanted to give you a little teaser about what to expect. The sketch show pilot is the brainchild of its star Alice Lowe, and there are a number of familiar faces from the wider world of Booshdom involved. These include [...]

April 17, 2011 // 2 Comments

A Double Dose Of Booshniverse On BBC2

These days, as television stations face the harsh realities of the credit crunch, we seem to be seeing less and less of our favourite faces on the box.  Surrealistic, uncompromising comedy has no place in an environment which simply has to play it safe. How pleasing then, to be able to inform you [...]

September 26, 2010 // 0 Comments