Russell Howard's Good News

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Russell Howard's Good News
Russell Howard's Good News title.png
Also known asRussell Howard's Good News Extra (extended version)
GenreComedy
FormatTopical stand-up, satire
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
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
Also known asRussell Howard's Good News Extra (extended version)
GenreComedy
FormatTopical stand-up, satire
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
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 (styled as Russell HOWARD'S GOOD NEWS) is a British comedy and topical news show broadcast on BBC Three and, from the show's fourth to seventh series, BBC HD. 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 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[1] in the run up to the channel's tenth anniversary.

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 Dave are actually Good News Extra episodes, but are simply listed as Russell Howard's Good News.

SeriesEpisodeStand-up comic
11Steve Hall
2Wil Hodgson
3Craig Campbell
4Tom Wrigglesworth
5Phil Kay
6Carl Donnelly
7Sarah Kendall
8No stand-up
9Len Parker
21Al Pitcher
2Ray Peacock
3Lloyd Langford
4Wendy Wason (not broadcast)
5Arnab Chanda
6Seann Walsh
7Chris Ramsey
8Russell Kane
31Jimmy McGhie
2Pete Johansson
3Elis James
4Roisin Conaty
5Ed Gamble
6Joe Wilkinson
7Nick Helm
8Matthew Osborn
9Richard Herring
41Dan Atkinson
2Hari Kondabolu
3Tony Law
4Joel Dommett
5James Acaster
6Andy Zaltzman
7Gareth Richards
8Jason Cook
51Steve Williams
2Henry Paker
3John Robins
4Alun Cochrane
5Naz Osmanoglu
6Peacock & Gamble
7Celia Pacquola
8James Dowdeswell
61Doc Brown
2Paul McCaffrey
3Dana Alexander
4Daniel Simonsen
5Paul Foot
6Hannibal Buress
7Iain Stirling
8Nina Conti
9Jarlath Regan
10Angela Barnes
11Tom Craine
12Compilation special
71Felicity Ward
2Glenn Wool
3Daniel Sloss
4Mae Martin
5Andrew Ryan
6Marcel Lucont
7Nathan Caton
8Adam Bloom
9Reggie Watts
10Mark Smith
11Compilation special
12Francesca Martinez
81Eugene Mirman
2Aisling Bea
3Lou Sanders
4Bobby Mair
5Romesh Ranganathan
6Mark Cooper-Jones
7Matt Forde
8Liam Williams
9Jarred Christmas
10Ginger and Black
11Luke Toulson
12Compliation special

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

Episodes[edit]

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

Series 1[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
22 October 2009
492,000
N/AN/A
2
29 October 2009
515,000
N/AN/A
3
5 November 2009
818,000
3
15
4
12 November 2009
598,000
10
N/A
5
19 November 2009
656,000
7
N/A
6
26 November 2009
849,000
4
15
7
3 December 2009
648,000
7
N/A
8
10 December 2009
705,000
6
19
9
17 December 2009
873,000
3
6

Series 2[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
25 March 2010
862,000
3
13
2
1 April 2010
1,067,000
4
11
3
8 April 2010
1,115,000
1
2
4
15 April 2010
1,021,000
2
8
5
22 April 2010
910,000
4
17
6
29 April 2010
885,000
5
12
7
6 May 2010
569,000
N/AN/A
8
13 May 2010
705,000
8
N/A

Series 3[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
21 October 2010
956,000
3
10
2
28 October 2010
959,000
4
14
3
4 November 2010
1,277,000
2
6
4
11 November 2010
817,000
6
18
5
18 November 2010
1,019,000
3
11
6
25 November 2010
869,000
3
23
7
2 December 2010
982,000
2
19
8
9 December 2010
953,000
3
12
9
23 December 2010
621,000
N/AN/A

Series 4[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
24 March 2011
783,000
8
17
2
31 March 2011
898,000
4
17
3
7 April 2011
854,000
6
16
4
14 April 2011
1,065,000
4
12
5
21 April 2011
983,000
8
18
6
28 April 2011
1,043,000
7
17
7
5 May 2011
1,120,000
5
14
8
12 May 2011
710,000
N/AN/A

Series 5[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
27 October 2011
946,000
2
15
2
3 November 2011
714,000
N/AN/A
3
10 November 2011
891,000
3
17
4
17 November 2011
995,000
3
10
5
24 November 2011
1,214,000
2
4
6
1 December 2011
1,073,000
3
15
7
8 December 2011
994,000
4
13
8
15 December 2011
999,000
2
12

Series 6[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
12 April 2012
947,000
5
16
2
19 April 2012
857,000
5
29
3
26 April 2012
783,000
4
30
4
3 May 2012
1,024,000
1
11
5
10 May 2012
925,000
5
18
6
17 May 2012
1,070,000
6
15
7
24 May 2012
1,044,000
4
9
8
31 May 2012
936,000
5
13
9
7 June 2012
1,073,000
3
6
10
14 June 2012
656,000
N/AN/A
11
21 June 2012
604,000
N/AN/A
12
28 June 2012
325,000
N/AN/A

Series 7[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
27 September 2012
1,079,000
3
7
2
4 October 2012
748,000
5
27
3
11 October 2012
726,000
5
23
4
18 October 2012
908,000
2
14
5
25 October 2012
824,000
3
19
6
1 November 2012
1,067,000
1
6
7
8 November 2012
790,000
1
19
8
15 November 2012
731,000
3
N/A
9
22 November 2012
867,000
1
25
10
29 November 2012
851,000
3
26
11
6 December 2012
704,000
4
N/A
12
13 December 2012
844,000
3
20

Series 8[edit]

Episode no.AirdateViewersBBC Three weekly rankingCable rank
1
25 April 2013
979,000
2
9
2
2 May 2013
978,000
1
11
3
9 May 2013
885,000
1
11
4
16 May 2013
880,000
1
13
5
23 May 2013
1,092,000
1
5
6
30 May 2013
1,094,000
1
3
7
6 June 2013
975,000
2
6
8
13 June 2013
840,000
5
19
9
20 June 2013
1,204,000
6
9
10
27 June 2013
730,000
N/A
28
11
4 July 2013
N/AN/AN/A
12
11 July 2013

DVD releases[edit]

A DVD was released on 15 November 2010 entitled Best of Series 1.[4]

A DVD of the Best of Series 2 was released on 24 September 2012.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Frances (2013-02-09). "'Russell Howard's Good News' voted BBC Three's best ever show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  2. ^ Nissim, Mayer (2013-03-13). "'Russell Howard's Good News' new series gets airdate". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News – Best of Series 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News – Best of Series 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 

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