Russell Howard's Good News

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Russell Howard's Good News
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Also known as Russell Howard's Good News Extra (extended version)
Genre Comedy
Format Topical stand-up, satire
Created by Russell Howard
Presented by Russell Howard
Theme music composer Kasabian – "Fast Fuse" (instrumental)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 78
Production
Producer(s) Mark Iddon
Robyn O'Brien
David Howarth
Location(s) Riverside Studios, London
Running time 30 minutes
45 minutes (Good News Extra)
Production company(s) Avalon Television
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Three (2009–13)
BBC Two (2014–)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 22 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 previously 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 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:

  • Big News (begins regular show)
  • Sports
  • Celebrity
  • Society
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Weird Politics
  • Law & Order
  • Art and Culture
  • Animals
  • Religion
  • World Politics
  • Kids
  • Observational
  • Education
  • I Did Not Know That
  • Technology
  • Weird and Wonderful
  • Mystery Guest
  • What Were They Thinking?
  • What an Arsehole!
  • Stand Up (Good News Extra only)
  • Royal Wedding (Series 4 only)
  • People's Podium (Christmas Special and Series 5/6 only)
  • Headliners (Series 7 Christmas Special only)
  • It's Not All Doom and Gloom (ends regular show and isn't comedy based )

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.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
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.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 22 October 2009 492,000 N/A N/A Steve Hall
2 29 October 2009 515,000 N/A N/A Wil Hodgson
3 5 November 2009 818,000 3 15 Craig Campbell
4 12 November 2009 598,000 10 N/A Tom Wrigglesworth
5 19 November 2009 656,000 7 N/A Phil Kay
6 26 November 2009 849,000 4 15 Carl Donnelly
7 3 December 2009 648,000 7 N/A Sarah Kendall
8 10 December 2009 705,000 6 19 No stand-up
9 17 December 2009 873,000 3 6 Len Parker

Series 2[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 25 March 2010 862,000 3 13 Al Pitcher
2 1 April 2010 1,067,000 4 11 Ray Peacock
3 8 April 2010 1,115,000 11 2 Lloyd Langford
4 15 April 2010 1,021,000 2 8 Wendy Wason (not broadcast)
5 22 April 2010 910,000 4 17 Arnab Chanda
6 29 April 2010 885,000 5 12 Seann Walsh
7 6 May 2010 569,000 N/A N/A Chris Ramsey
8 13 May 2010 705,000 8 N/A Russell Kane

Series 3[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 21 October 2010 956,000 3 10 Jimmy McGhie
2 28 October 2010 959,000 4 14 Pete Johansson
3 4 November 2010 1,277,000 2 6 Elis James
4 11 November 2010 817,000 6 18 Roisin Conaty
5 18 November 2010 1,019,000 3 11 Ed Gamble
6 25 November 2010 869,000 3 23 Joe Wilkinson
7 2 December 2010 982,000 2 19 Nick Helm
8 9 December 2010 953,000 3 12 Matthew Osborn
9 23 December 2010 621,000 N/A N/A Richard Herring

Series 4[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 24 March 2011 783,000 8 17 Dan Atkinson
2 31 March 2011 898,000 4 17 Hari Kondabolu
3 7 April 2011 854,000 6 16 Tony Law
4 14 April 2011 1,065,000 4 12 Joel Dommett
5 21 April 2011 983,000 8 18 James Acaster
6 28 April 2011 1,043,000 7 17 Andy Zaltzman
7 5 May 2011 1,120,000 5 14 Gareth Richards
8 12 May 2011 710,000 N/A N/A Jason Cook

Series 5[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 27 October 2011 946,000 2 15 Steve Williams
2 3 November 2011 714,000 N/A N/A Henry Paker
3 10 November 2011 891,000 3 17 John Robins
4 17 November 2011 995,000 3 10 Alun Cochrane
5 24 November 2011 1,214,000 2 4 Naz Osmanoglu
6 1 December 2011 1,073,000 3 15 Peacock & Gamble
7 8 December 2011 994,000 4 13 Celia Pacquola
8 15 December 2011 999,000 2 12 James Dowdeswell

Series 6[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 12 April 2012 947,000 5 16 Doc Brown
2 19 April 2012 857,000 5 29 Paul McCaffrey
3 26 April 2012 783,000 4 30 Dana Alexander
4 3 May 2012 1,024,000 1 11 Daniel Simonsen
5 10 May 2012 925,000 5 18 Paul Foot
6 17 May 2012 1,070,000 6 15 Hannibal Buress
7 24 May 2012 1,044,000 4 9 Iain Stirling
8 31 May 2012 936,000 5 13 Nina Conti
9 7 June 2012 1,073,000 3 6 Jarlath Regan
10 14 June 2012 656,000 N/A N/A Angela Barnes
11 21 June 2012 604,000 N/A N/A Tom Craine
12 28 June 2012 325,000 N/A N/A Compilation special

Series 7[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 27 September 2012 1,079,000 3 7 Felicity Ward
2 4 October 2012 748,000 5 27 Glenn Wool
3 11 October 2012 726,000 5 23 Daniel Sloss
4 18 October 2012 908,000 2 14 Mae Martin
5 25 October 2012 824,000 3 19 Andrew Ryan
6 1 November 2012 1,067,000 1 6 Marcel Lucont
7 8 November 2012 790,000 1 19 Nathan Caton
8 15 November 2012 731,000 3 N/A Adam Bloom
9 22 November 2012 867,000 1 25 Reggie Watts
10 29 November 2012 851,000 3 26 Mark Smith
11 6 December 2012 704,000 4 N/A Compilation special
12 13 December 2012 844,000 3 20 Francesca Martinez

Series 8[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Three
weekly ranking
Multichannels
rank
Good News Extra
stand-up comic
1 25 April 2013 979,000 2 9 Eugene Mirman
2 2 May 2013 978,000 1 11 Aisling Bea
3 9 May 2013 885,000 1 11 Lou Sanders
4 16 May 2013 880,000 1 13 Bobby Mair
5 23 May 2013 1,092,000 1 5 Romesh Ranganathan
6 30 May 2013 1,094,000 1 3 Mark Cooper-Jones
7 6 June 2013 975,000 2 6 Matt Forde
8 13 June 2013 840,000 5 19 Liam Williams
9 20 June 2013 1,204,000 6 9 Jarred Christmas
10 27 June 2013 730,000 N/A 28 Ginger and Black
11 4 July 2013 N/A N/A N/A Luke Toulson
12 11 July 2013 Compilation 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]

DVD releases[edit]

A DVD was released on 15 November 2010 entitled Best of Series 1.[5]

A DVD of the Best of Series 2 was released on 24 September 2012.[6]

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. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News – Best of Series 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Russell Howard's Good News – Best of Series 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 

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