Velvet Soup was a BBC Scotland television comedy sketch show, starring Gavin Mitchell, Steven McNicoll, Julia Duncanson and Mark McDonnell.
The show made its nationally networked debut on BBC2 on Sunday, 1 July 2001, at 10.15pm, thereafter running for a further five weeks.
Its main writers, Glaswegians Ian Connell and Robert Florence, had previously written for a number of BBC Scotland comedy programmes. On the comedy sketch show Chewin' the Fat, they providing Karen Dunbar's sexually-repressed schoolteacher, a character that was spun-off into her own half-hour BBC Scotland sitcom. They also wrote for BBC Radio Scotland's weekly satire show Watson's Wind-Up.
The cast also provided material, alongside writers Neil Harrison, Paul Marshall, Rab Christie, and Noddy Davidson.
Ahead of the launch of the show, Florence told the Glasgow Herald:
Writing for Velvet Soup is enjoyable in that you get to take chances — for instance, we got to write one sketch that was a very detailed fifties musical. Chewin' the Fat is great because there are returning characters. Velvet Soup is great because there are very few returning characters.
Velvet Soup's theme music was provided by assorted members of Belle and Sebastian under a hygienic pseudonym, The Gentleman's Wash.
- 'Partners from Chewin' the Fat serve up a nourishing new broth of off-the-wall fun', Glasgow Herald, 18 June 2001.