Stephen Evans

Forgotten Favourites: Hyperdrive

Every once in a while, TVO likes to take the opportunity to look back on some of the lesser known areas of the back catalogue we love so well. Take sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive for example – which ran for two seasons in 2006 and 2007, yet never quite shook off the comparisons to sci-com behemoth [...]

June 19, 2011 // 4 Comments

Forged Brew

Friday night saw the magical blend of Oona & Crispin Wheatflake descend upon the Albany on Great Portland Street, London, for a unique evening of late May-day celebrations from the minds of Hot Brew. With Steve Oram, Colin Hoult and Stephen Evans also on the bill at the Forgery Club, TVO [...]

May 24, 2011 // 5 Comments

The Enemy Of The World’s Final Stand

Colin Hoult‘s critically acclaimed Edinburgh show returns to the London stage next month for its final run ever! Hoult, who first came to TVO’s attention via his hilarious pilot show Zimbani last year, performed The Enemy Of The World throughout the Edinburgh Festival and at selected [...]

January 24, 2011 // 3 Comments

Far From Curtains For Barratt

Following the recent airing of Julian Barratt’s Little Cracker on Sky TV, we thought it was timely to look at his directorial debut, the short film Curtains (available as one of the extras on the Journey of The Childmen DVD).  Our resident film buff, Paulyne, immersed herself in its strange, [...]

January 9, 2011 // 8 Comments

The New Adventures Of Colin Hoult

Colin Hoult has announced that his critically acclaimed live show Enemy Of The World, will return once more in February, closely followed by the launch of his own regular comedy night. The show, which was one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival, and also features Stephen Evans [who we last [...]

November 22, 2010 // 1 Comment


The latest Jackal Film from Alice Lowe and Jacqueline Wright is now online. No month is complete without a short from the duo, and their latest, Brethren, is a Halloween special co-starring Sharon Horgan [Pulling, Monkey Dust and the voice of Lifespam!] and Steven Evans [Nighty Night, Hyperdrive [...]

October 31, 2010 // 3 Comments

Canvassing Savagely

A trailer for Tim Hope‘s short film The Savage Canvas has appeared online, weeks ahead of its dvd premiere. The short, which stars Julian Barratt and Stephen Evans is set to appear as an extra feature on the long awaited dvd release of Oly Ralfe‘s Future Sailors tour documentary: [...]

October 15, 2010 // 1 Comment

The End Of The Road For Lizzie & Sarah

Despite stellar reviews from tv critics, mass support from Twitter’s prominent UK celebrities, a Facebook campaign and the work of this very site, we regret to exclusively announce that the BBC has passed on the option to make further episodes of Lizzie & Sarah. The one-off pilot, written [...]

May 1, 2010 // 4 Comments

Lizzie & Sarah For Sale!

Time for a Velvet Onion EXCLUSIVE – Lizzie & Sarah will soon be available for purchase via iTunes. The pilot, written by and starring Julia Davis and Jessica Hynes, was broadcast on BBC2 last weekend to rave reviews despite its ridiculously late timeslot.  As we reported at the time, the [...]

March 26, 2010 // 7 Comments

The ‘Lizzie & Sarah’ iPlayer Challenge

We at The Velvet Onion love an underdog, and Lizzie & Sarah is no exception.   The new pilot from Julia Davis & Jessica Hynes has been buried in a graveyard slot this evening, and its been up to friends of the pair (including Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and our own Noel Fielding and Dave [...]

March 20, 2010 // 14 Comments

The Guardian Vs The Beeb

UK newspaper The Guardian has launched an attack on the BBC’s scheduling of the new pilot from Julia Davis and Jessica Hynes. Lizzie And Sarah is being transmitted on Saturday evening at 11:45pm [00:15am on Sunday morning for viewers in Scotland], and promises to be a treat. Noel Fielding, [...]

March 19, 2010 // 1 Comment

Lizzie & Sarah Trailer

A trailer for Lizzie & Sarah, the new BabyCow produced pilot starring Julia Davis and Jessica Hynes, has been released online. The pilot is to be broadcast this Saturday evening at 11:45pm on BBC2, and the unusual trailer, posted on BabyCow’s YouTube page, is dialogue free but offers a [...]

March 17, 2010 // 2 Comments

Lizzie And Sarah

Julia Davis has joined forces with Spaced star Jessica Hynes to write and appear in a brand new comedy pilot for BBC2. Lizzie And Sarah co-stars comedy legend (The Actor) Kevin Eldon, plus Hynes’ former Spaced co-star Mark Heap alongside Claire Rushbrook (Spaced, Doctor Who) and Stephen [...]

March 14, 2010 // 4 Comments

The Savage Canvas

Julian Barratt is to feature in Tim Hope‘s short film The Savage Canvas. The piece, which is also to feature Hyperdrive star Stephen Evans (who appeared in Barratt’s recent directorial debut Curtains), will reunite the Mighty Boosh star with animator and music video director Hope.  The [...]

March 9, 2010 // 4 Comments


Shall we meet in Paris on the morn? The European Independent Film Festival has just announced its Official Selection for the fifth edition of the festival, with a familiar name on the bill. Amongst the 67 films from 27 countries competing for their awards is Curtains, which was directed by Dan [...]

February 16, 2010 // 2 Comments