Russell Howard's Good News

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Russell Howard's Good News
Russell Howard's Good News title.png
Title card
Also known asRussell Howard's Good News Extra (extended version)
GenreComedy
Created byRussell Howard
Presented byRussell Howard
Theme music composerKasabian – "Fast Fuse" (instrumental)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes78
Production
Producer(s)Mark Iddon
Robyn O'Brien
David Howarth
Location(s)Riverside Studios, London
Running time30 minutes
45 minutes (Good News Extra)
Production company(s)Avalon Television
Broadcast
Original channelBBC Three (2009–13)
BBC Two (2014–)
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run22 October 2009 (2009-10-22)  – present
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Russell Howard's Good News
Russell Howard's Good News title.png
Title card
Also known asRussell Howard's Good News Extra (extended version)
GenreComedy
Created byRussell Howard
Presented byRussell Howard
Theme music composerKasabian – "Fast Fuse" (instrumental)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes78
Production
Producer(s)Mark Iddon
Robyn O'Brien
David Howarth
Location(s)Riverside Studios, London
Running time30 minutes
45 minutes (Good News Extra)
Production company(s)Avalon Television
Broadcast
Original channelBBC Three (2009–13)
BBC Two (2014–)
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run22 October 2009 (2009-10-22)  – present
External links
Website
Production website

Russell Howard's Good News is a British comedy and topical news show. Hosted by comedian Russell Howard, he offers his commentary on the news of the week using mostly stand-up, but including sketches and guest appearances from people who have been featured in the media recently. It is made by independent production company Avalon Television and produced by Mark Iddon, Robyn O'Brien and David Howarth. Repeats of earlier episodes are also broadcast on Comedy Central and Dave. The show also made an appearance on Children in Need 2011 and Red Nose Day 2013, featuring a number of sketches from recent episodes, as well as a new segment of "It's Not All Doom and Gloom". In February 2013, users of Digital Spy voted Good News as the Best Show Ever on BBC Three in the run up to the channel's tenth anniversary.[1]

Sections[edit]

The show consists of several regular topics and sections. Most of these are news themes in which Howard would discuss related topics.

These include:

Most of these sections are used on every episode of the show. The others are interchanged depending on the news of the week. The "Mystery Guest" section is a part of the show where a guest is brought in and Russell has to guess why they had been in the news that week.

The "Stand Up" section features on every Good News Extra show which includes a different stand-up comedy act each week.

"People's Podium" was a special segment of Russell Howard's Good News, which was featured in the final episode of series 5. This episode was both a Christmas special and a Best Bits special.

Russell Howard's Good News Extra[edit]

Russell Howard's Good News Extra is an extended version of Good News, in the vein of Have I Got a Bit More News for You and QI XL. Usually broadcast on Saturday nights, Good News Extra episodes serve as extended, uncut counterparts to those of the regular show. Typically, the episodes last 45 minutes long and feature a guest stand-up comedy act. The repeats shown on Comedy Central and Dave are actually Good News Extra episodes, but are simply listed as Russell Howard's Good News.

Transmissions[edit]

SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
1
22 October 2009
17 December 2009
9
2
25 March 2010
13 May 2010
8
3
21 October 2010
25 December 2010
9
4
24 March 2011
12 May 2011
8
5
27 October 2011
15 December 2011
8
6
12 April 2012
28 June 2012
12
7
27 September 2012
13 December 2012
12
8
25 April 2013[2]
11 July 2013
12
9
23 October 2014

Episodes[edit]

Episode viewing figures from BARB.[3] They do not include views on BBC HD.

Series 1[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
122 October 2009492,000N/AN/ASteve Hall
229 October 2009515,000N/AN/AWil Hodgson
35 November 2009818,000315Craig Campbell
412 November 2009598,00010N/ATom Wrigglesworth
519 November 2009656,0007N/APhil Kay
626 November 2009849,000415Carl Donnelly
73 December 2009648,0007N/ASarah Kendall
810 December 2009705,000619No stand-up
917 December 2009873,00036Len Parker

Series 2[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
125 March 2010862,000313Al Pitcher
21 April 20101,067,000411Ray Peacock
38 April 20101,115,000112Lloyd Langford
415 April 20101,021,00028Wendy Wason (not broadcast)
522 April 2010910,000417Arnab Chanda
629 April 2010885,000512Seann Walsh
76 May 2010569,000N/AN/AChris Ramsey
813 May 2010705,0008N/ARussell Kane

Series 3[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
121 October 2010956,000310Jimmy McGhie
228 October 2010959,000414Pete Johansson
34 November 20101,277,00026Elis James
411 November 2010817,000618Roisin Conaty
518 November 20101,019,000311Ed Gamble
625 November 2010869,000323Joe Wilkinson
72 December 2010982,000219Nick Helm
89 December 2010953,000312Matthew Osborn
923 December 2010621,000N/AN/ARichard Herring

Series 4[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
124 March 2011783,000817Dan Atkinson
231 March 2011898,000417Hari Kondabolu
37 April 2011854,000616Tony Law
414 April 20111,065,000412Joel Dommett
521 April 2011983,000818James Acaster
628 April 20111,043,000717Andy Zaltzman
75 May 20111,120,000514Gareth Richards
812 May 2011710,000N/AN/AJason Cook

Series 5[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
127 October 2011946,000215Steve Williams
23 November 2011714,000N/AN/AHenry Paker
310 November 2011891,000317John Robins
417 November 2011995,000310Alun Cochrane
524 November 20111,214,00024Naz Osmanoglu
61 December 20111,073,000315Peacock & Gamble
78 December 2011994,000413Celia Pacquola
815 December 2011999,000212James Dowdeswell

Series 6[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
112 April 2012947,000516Doc Brown
219 April 2012857,000529Paul McCaffrey
326 April 2012783,000430Dana Alexander
43 May 20121,024,000111Daniel Simonsen
510 May 2012925,000518Paul Foot
617 May 20121,070,000615Hannibal Buress
724 May 20121,044,00049Iain Stirling
831 May 2012936,000513Nina Conti
97 June 20121,073,00036Jarlath Regan
1014 June 2012656,000N/AN/AAngela Barnes
1121 June 2012604,000N/AN/ATom Craine
1228 June 2012325,000N/AN/ACompilation special

Series 7[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
127 September 20121,079,00037Felicity Ward
24 October 2012748,000527Glenn Wool
311 October 2012726,000523Daniel Sloss
418 October 2012908,000214Mae Martin
525 October 2012824,000319Andrew Ryan
61 November 20121,067,00016Marcel Lucont
78 November 2012790,000119Nathan Caton
815 November 2012731,0003N/AAdam Bloom
922 November 2012867,000125Reggie Watts
1029 November 2012851,000326Mark Smith
116 December 2012704,0004N/ACompilation special
1213 December 2012844,000320Francesca Martinez

Series 8[edit]

Episode
no.
AirdateViewersBBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
125 April 2013979,00029Eugene Mirman
22 May 2013978,000111Aisling Bea
39 May 2013885,000111Lou Sanders
416 May 2013880,000113Bobby Mair
523 May 20131,092,00015Romesh Ranganathan
630 May 20131,094,00013Mark Cooper-Jones
76 June 2013975,00026Matt Forde
813 June 2013840,000519Liam Williams
920 June 20131,204,00069Jarred Christmas
1027 June 2013730,000N/A28Ginger and Black
114 July 2013N/AN/AN/ALuke Toulson
1211 July 2013Compilation special

Series 9[edit]

On 9 June 2014 it was revealed that Good News will move from BBC Three to BBC Two and the ninth series will be shown on it later in the year.[4] The ninth series will start on 23 October 2014.[5]

DVD releases[edit]

A DVD was released on 15 November 2010 entitled Best of Series 1.[6]

A DVD of the Best of Series 2 was released on 24 September 2012.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Frances (9 February 2013). "'Russell Howard's Good News' voted BBC Three's best ever show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Nissim, Mayer (13 March 2013). "'Russell Howard's Good News' new series gets airdate". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News moves to BBC Two". BBC. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Good News Team on Twitter: Good news! Russell Howard's Good News is back and now on BBCTwo from Thursday 23 October at 10pm."". Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News – Best of Series 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News – Best of Series 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 

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