You can now follow Rhys on Twitter, just follow this link
Simon Day‘s pompous prog-rock alter-ego Brian Pern is to return for another three-part series in the Winter...... Read on, just follow this link to The Velvet Onion
An Evening With Brian Pern...
Yes folks you can have an actual evening with Brian Pern, just follow this link to buy tickets:
Hi Folks, it's been a while since we had an update so here is one now.
Rhys Thomas and Tony way have made another Podcast, listen in and enjoy... just follow this link..
For all UK fans Bellamy's People back on UK GOLD, Saturday at 11pm
Interview - Rhys Thomas and Simon Day on Brian Pern: A Life in Rock Series Two... Follow this link....
Here is another Brian Pern Interview, this time from from the Velvet Onion....
For those of you who follow Queen you will be please to know Rhys has Directed the new Queen Video re-mix, here is the link
Hi folks we have a little update from Rhys.. He has Just been editing Brian Pern - almost there - Also just finished working on a new Queen video
For anyone who missed Rhys appearing as a film director in "Death in Paradise" you can see it repeated on BBC 1 UK Monday Aug 11th at 9.00pm
We have a little up date from Rhys, he is currently working on "Brian Pern 2".
A Bit more news on Brian Pern Via The Velvet Onion... Follow this link ...
And even more news......... Spoof Rock Star Brian Pern gets a second series after "Life of Rock".
Simon Day's rockumentary moves to BBC2 from BBC4, Follow this link for more details...
It's been a while but we have an update from Rhys...
All good. He is about to be seen in Harry and Paul's History of the 2s on BBC Two - a spoof history of BBC2 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Plus a special Fast Show on BBC 2....
If you missed any of Brian Pern, here a short clip on YouTube with Tom Jones.. just follow this link
Yes folks here is a little update from Rhys....
He will know soon (if another series will get the go-ahead of Brian Pern), working on a new special with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
Writing things xx
Yes we did say it was a little update
Hope you all enjoyed "Life of Rock with Brian Perm" ...Anyone want to hear some more Brian Pern, well pop over to I-Tunes and you can even buy the album, just follow this link....
Yes Everyone Tonights the last episode of "The Life of Rock With Brian Pern" so don't forget to tune in - BBC4 10:00 to 10:30
Don't forget Rhys Fans to watch "The Life of Rock with Brian Pern" Starts Monday Feb 10 BBC4 10:00 to 10:30pm
Here are some articles you may want to have a read, just follow these links....
Here is a little article for Death in Paradise, follow this link...
Hi Folks, we have an update from Rhys...
He has Just finished Brian Pern which starts the week of Feb 10th. 3 episodes on BBC 4 then onto writing his Channel 4 pilot, he is so busy...
You can also catch Rhys on TV, BBC1 Tuesday January 21st "Death in Paradise"
Follow this link for the full programme details "Death in Paradise"
Yes, guys, here is some footage of Rhys receiving his award, he is a little bit excited, you may be able to tell, well done and lets hope the footage stays...
Yes Folks Rhys won an Emmy Award, well done.... read on...
Rhys Thomas and Sheridan Smith were flying the flag for Britain at the annual Emmy Awards at the Hilton Hotel in New York 25 November.
The British stars looked spectacular for the event. Freddie Mercury documentary maker Rhys Thomas, who shared the award for arts programming with South Korea's Hello?! Orchestra, sported a black suit and tie and just the right amont of manly stubble.
Sheridan also looked amazing in her textured black frock. The star was nominated for the Best Actress award for her role as Ronnie Biggs' wife in the ITV1 series, Mrs Biggs, but unfortunately lost out to Brazilian actress, Fernanda Montenegro . She might not have won but she definitely stole the show. She looked every bit the sixties sweetheart with her golden bouffant and catflick eyeliner.
Sheridan is no stranger to showbiz ceremonies. She has already bagged a BAFTA for her portrayal of the train robber's wife and two Laurence Olivier Awards for her roles in the West End.
The Emmys are often dominated by British winners, but this year the gongs were spread out to showbiz stars from across the globe.
Writer and director, J.J. Abrams was commended with the prestigious honorary International Emmy Founders award for his work on TV shows including; Lost and Alias.
"I feel genuinely grateful", he told the audience during his acceptance speech. "It's a privilege to work in the television medium."
Sean Bean also bagged his first ever trophy. The British actor was dubbed Best International Actor for his role as a transvestite in the BBC One drama series Accused.
British comedy, Moone Boy, which aired on Sky One, earned the Brits another gong at the ceremony. "Even in the wildest imaginations of our imaginary friends we never imagined we'd win an International Emmy", said Chris O'Dowd, who co-wrote and starred in the sitcom.
A dazzling night with some serious star style, we're looking forward to next year already.
Full article links are below.
This article is taken from The Velvet Onion site, see link below ....
We mentioned a few weeks ago that both Chris O'Dowd and Rhys Thomas were nominated for International Emmy Awards, and we are pleased to announce that the 41st International Emmy Awards took place yesterday at the New York Hilton and there were some TVO faces there to accept awards!
Rhys Thomas's Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender tied with Hello?! Orchestra to win the Best Arts Programming award. His documentary focusing on Queen's Freddy Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen, has already won a Rose d'Or award this year.
Moone Boy co-written by and starring Chris O'Dowd won the Best Comedy award, fighting off challengers from Brazil, France and South Africa. The second series of the comedy about 11-year old Martin Moone, growing up in a small town in Ireland is soon to appear on Sky 1.
Sean Bean also won Best Performance by an Actor for Accused. to see a full list of winners click here.
Rhys Thomas, Dr Who (sort of) and The Velvet Onion.... read on.... or just follow this link... "The Velvet Onion"
You'd have to have been living under a rock in a space-quarry within driving distance of Cardiff not to know that this weekend was the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who - with its anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor, being broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries, making a new Guinness World Record into the bargain.
We at TVO are all huge fans of the show, and are eagerly awaiting Peter Capaldi's debut proper next year, which will be directed by our very own Ben Wheatley. Yet in the middle of all the celebrations last night, there was a brief cameo from another regular layer of Onion Land.
Former Doctor actor Peter Davison hooked up with fellow Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy for a star-studded half-hour comedy special which aired on the red-button after the anniversary special proper, entitled The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
This real Who's Who of Doctor Who saw a fictional version of the trio trying their hardest to sneak themselves into the main special, managing to break onto the set and be mistaken for extras. Along the way, they were joined by the likes of Matt Smith, David Tennant, Paul McGann, Jenna Coleman and a whole cavalcade of past companions.
There were also appearances from a smattering of celebrity fans, though to say any more would spoil the fun, and you should watch the show immediately.
However, we have to say, there was a scene early on in which Davison was listening to the radio, and the DJ was discussing the 50th anniversary with rather familiar tones. We, naturally, did a little digging, and confirmed that it was in fact, our very own Rhys Thomas!
We were saddened to hear that Felix Dexter passed away in October, Felix appeared in many programmes with Rhys including Down the Line and Bellamy's people
Here is just one of the news articles that picked up his passing..
Hi folks, It's been a few weeks so here is a little update....
Rhys is really busy working and writing Brian Pern, due to be screened in the UK, sometime around Jan 2014 (when we know more we will let you all know).
He and Tony Way had time to put together a double Podcast, you can hear their latest antics, just follow this link, think you will all like these two (Podcast 19 and 20).
Anyone remember "The Great Pretender" documentary about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, well Rhys has been nominated for an Emmy, read on, or follow the link for more info or even pop over to The Queen Page.....
The Rhys Thomas-produced feature has a nomination in the Arts Programming category; winners will be announced at the 41st International Emmy Awards Gala in New York on November 25.
Life-long Queen fan and expert, Thomas turned his attention to the Freddie archive, going back as early as 1976 in search of vintage gems which reveal more than ever before the inside story of Freddie's life and career and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.
Anyone fancy a little laugh, take a look at this 13 min clip from Brian Pern.... A compilation of some of the Brian Pern sketches released online by the BBC in 2009/10. Now to be turned into a major TV show for BBC 4. Written by Rhys Thomas and Simon Day. Starring Simon...
(Warning some of this clip may contain bad language)
Brian Pern is coming to BBC4...
Yes Folks Simon Day is coming to BBC4 as Brian Pern, written by Rhys Thomas, Follow this link to read more..
Also Coming to our TV Screens is a repeat of Sirens, if you liked it so much then why not watch it again on Sky E4, starting September 3rd (Please note it's on in the early hours of the morning, so check times of shows)...
We have a news update from Rhys......
If by any chance you have been living under a rock or on a desert island for the last few months you may have missed Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, but fear not Rhys Followers the Wonderful people at BBC4 have given us the chance to watch it all over again (Full Length - Directors Cut, 9:00pm UK, Friday July 19th) , it's even got "Pick of the Day", take a look at this link
Rhys Thomas Update........ He has just filmed an episode of Death In Paradise as a guest star. Due on BBC 1 in Jan 14.
Brian Pern coming to BBC 4. Working on pilot with Simon Day.
Tittle tattle , his spoof topical chat going to channel 4 and working on that plus fosters , sitcom pilot for BBC . Busy busy. Hopefully at least one will make it to series.
Also working on a documentary about Harrison Ford for BBC. He' is Rhys's other hero (Freddie being the other ) and in early stages of that
If you haven't already heard, Straight from The Velvet Onion...
A D'or Red Roses For Rhys, Darling…
Read on, also follow this link to WVN Music
New post on The Velvet Onion
We have an UPDATE from Rhys...
He is filming Death In Paradise series 3 as a guest star role with Kris Marshall, Peter Davison, Michelle Ryan.
And if you missed Down the Line on BBC Radio 4, you can listen again, just follow this link, but be quick it will be gone when the next episode is broadcast.....
Series Five of cult radio comedy Down The Line begins this week on Radio 4.
The show stars the legendary Rhys Thomas as DJ Gary Bellamy, hosting his usual live phone-in discussions with listeners, who just happen to be played by familiar names from classic comedy hits.
Thomas' fellow Fast Show veterans Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day and Felix Dexter are joined by Look Around You star Robert Popper, Big Train (and It's Kevin) actress Amelia Bullmore, Citizen Khan writer Adil Ray and another TVO regular (and Rhys' wife), Lucy Montgomery.
As well as four previous radio runs, the show also spun-off into the much loved, dearly missed tv series Bellamy's People in 2010, featuring the same cast. Previous seasons of the radio show have also included other well known guest stars such as Kevin Eldon, Matt Lucas and Catherine Tate, so stay tuned to find out if any more big names turn up unannounced.
The show airs on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm on Radio 4, and will be available on iPlayer shortly after transmission. The first three series have also been made available on cd, and whilst Series 1 is currently out of print, you can pick up Series 2 and Series 3, alongside Bellamy's People from the TVO Amazon Store now.(Updated 30/04/2013)