The Velvet Onion is proud to bring you an updated version of our TVO IS FIVE video for your perusal, featuring a cavalcade of comedy legends wishing us a very happy birthday.
Some of you may remember at the end of January, The Velvet Onion marked its official fifth anniversary with a string of birthday messages from regular faces on these pages for the last five years.
The very next day, we got our first late message. And they kept coming in - so much so that we decided we'd soon have to either make a second instalment, or extend the original video. As well as these extra clips, a handful of names who wanted to get involved tried to move the earth to get a video to us, but for various reasons from technological breakdowns to hectic work schedules to full blown flu-outbreaks, just didn't quite manage to get a message across.
As a result, we made the decision to delay the second video for as long as possible, in the hope that a few more people could get involved. This weekend just gone by marks, in essence, our second birthday - as we became a real, fully fledged .com on March 14th 2010, following six weeks of vibrant positivity around our initial activities. Hey, if it's good enough for the Queen to have two birthday's, it's good enough for us, too!
So here, at long last, is Version 2.0 of the TVO IS FIVE video. New to this collection are birthday messages from Paul Foot, Rich Fulcher, Richard Glover, John Hopkins, Paul Kaye, Tom Meeten, Richard Sandling, Michael Smiley and Dolly Wells.
Also included in the video are the previous messages from Katy Brand, Dave Brown, Neil Cole, James Cook, Stephen Evans, Colin Hoult (and his various alter-egos), Rufus Jones, Dave McNeill, Spencer Millman, Bob Pipe, Holly Jane Shears, Waen Shepherd, Rachel Stubbings, Tony Way, Phil Whelans, James Wren and Jacqueline Wright.
Once again, enormous thanks to everyone who sent us a message and is included in the video. We love you from the bottom of our hearts, and really appreciate your efforts. Whilst we're here we must say a huge thank you to the wonderful Tracy Ann Oberman, who tried to get a video message to us THREE TIMES, only for technology to block her attempts at every turn. We also greatly appreciate everyone else who wanted to get a message to us, but had various reasons for not managing it in time - we know you tried, and are grateful for that at least.
To still be doing this over five years after we started is a testament to the love we've received from those we cover on our pages, and the fact that you, dear reader, keep on coming back for more. Here's to the next five, eh?