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RUSSELL HOWARD'S GOOD NEWS Returns to BBC Three in New Primetime Slot

“stupendously successful topical comedy show”
Metro

“Good News is a treat; a sillier version of Have I Got News for You”
Radio Times

RUSSELL HOWARD’S GOOD NEWS, BBC Three’s most successful entertainment series and regularly one of the most watched shows on iPlayer, returns for a brand new series on12th April, 9.00pm. Since Russell Howard’s Good News debuted on 22nd October 2009, cumulative ratings have grown from 1.7 million a week to a peak of 3.9 million a week. This series will see the show move into a new primetime slot at 9.00pm and run for 12 episodes, its longest ever series.

RUSSELL will once again be offering his distinctive take on what has happened in the world that week with an energetic and entertaining look at the news stories that have dominated the media and caught his eye. As always, RUSSELL and his crack team will examine over 60 news channels from across the world, read over 140 newspaper and watch over 1000 clips to ensure no titbit or morsel of humorous news is missed. In addition each week, RUSSELL will be joined by a mystery guest who has featured in the news, members of the audience will be invited onto the ‘People’s Podium’ and a special heart warming tale will see the show out.

Russell Howard’s Good News is filmed in front of a live studio audience. Viewers at home can shape the show’s agenda by submitting news stories online via Twitter@bbcgoodnews.

RUSSELL has over two million fans on Facebook and is the third most searched for comedian on Google with around 165,000 searched a month (Chortle). Russell Howard’s Good News also trended globally on Twitter for episodes aired during the last three series.

In 2011 RUSSELL embarked on the sell-out, nationwide, triple-extended arena tour, Right Here, Right Now, which saw him perform to over 240,000 fans across the country, including three sold-out dates at London’s O2 arena. RUSSELL has released three best-selling DVDs, Right Here, Right Now (2011), Russell Howard Live - Dingledodies (2009) and Russell Howard Live (2008) which have sold over 528,000 copies and been in the top 5 DVD comedy chart during each year of release.

In 2011 RUSSELL made his debut US TV appearance on Conan with Conan O’Brien, performed at both the Montreal and Sydney Just for Laughs festivals, to a sold out show at The Sydney Opera House, alongside host John Cleese, Martin Short, Demitri Martin and Louis C.K. and performed in New York for the first time.
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Russell Howard’s Good News returns to BBC Three, 12th April, 9.00pm

For more information please contact: Hannah Wilkinson or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on 020 7598 7222 hannahw@avalonuk.com / danl@avalonuk.com


What the press said about…

… Russell Howard’s Good News


“Stupendously successful topical comedy show”
Sharon Lougher, Metro

“He knows how to cheer up a working week. Russ is topical comedy gold”
Heat

“Good News is a treat; a sillier version of Have I Got News for You”
Radio Times

“Howard continues to ride the wave of success that has seen him go from Mock The Week Panellist to host his own show.”
Catherine Collins, Evening Standard

“Howard’s star is constantly on the rise…”
Joe Clay, The Times

“You can be sure that this cheeky chappie’s take on the week’s headlines will have you roaring with laughter. It’s easy to see why this is one of BBC3’s most successful shows as it’s a perfect anecdote to all the gloom and doom in the news”
TV Times

“Howard is energetic, uncynical and, most importantly, very funny.”
David Hayles, The Times


OTHER SHOW CREDITS


The Series Producer is MARK IDDON, Producer DAVE HOWARTH and Director PETER ORTON. Executive Producers are RICHARD ALLEN-TURNER, ROBYN O'BRIEN, JAMES TAYLOR and JON THODAY.


RUSSELL HOWARD BIOGRAPHY


RUSSELL HOWARD is the writer and star of BBC Three’s most successful entertainment series, Russell Howard’s Good News. The show is regularly one of the most watched shows on iPlayer and returns for a sixth and seventh series this spring and autumn. Since Russell Howard’s Good News debuted on 22nd October 2009, cumulative ratings have grown from 1.7 million a week to a peak of 3.9 million. The sixth series will see the show move into a new primetime slot at 9.00pm and run for 12 episodes, its longest ever series. Russell Howard’s Good News trended globally on Twitter for episodes aired during the last three series. RUSSELL HOWARD has over two million fans on Facebook and is the third most searched for comedian on Google with around 165,000 searches a month (Chortle).

Last year saw RUSSELL complete sell-out, nationwide, triple-extended arena tour, Right Here, Right Now, performing to over 240,000 fans across the country, including three sold-out dates at London’s O2 arena. Right Here, Right Now was released on DVD later that year. He has now sold over 528,000 DVDs and been in the top 5 DVD comedy chart across all his stand-up titles. 2011 also saw RUSSELL: make his debut US TV appearance on Conan withConan O’Brien; perform at both the Montreal full length solo show and Sydney Just for Laughs festivals, as part of a showcase featuring JOHN CLEESE, MARTIN SHORT, DEMITRI MARTIN and LOUIS C.K. as well as his own sell-out solo show at The Sydney Opera House; perform in New York for the first time and appear on Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC Two).

In 2010 RUSSELL took part in the Sports Relief Million Pound Bike Ride (BBC One) alongside DAVID WALLIAMS, JIMMY CARR, FEARNE COTTON, DAVINA MCCALL, MIRANDA HART and PATRICK KIELTY and appeared as a guest on The Graham Norton Show (BBC One). He completed 10-date arena tour Big Rooms &Belly Laughs in 2009, released Russell Howard Live - Dingledodies on DVD and appeared as a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC One). 2008 saw RUSSELL embark on sell-out tour Dingledodies (2008/9), release Russell Howard Live on DVD, appear on 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and The Secret Policeman’s Ball (Channel 4). RUSSELL embarked on sell-out tour Adventures in 2007, appeared on Would I Lie To You? (BBC One) and performed for the first time on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), returning to perform again on the show in 2009.

In 2006 RUSSELL HOWARD was nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Award for his show Wandering, which followed with a nationwide sell-out tour. In the same year RUSSELL first featured as a regular panellist on Mock The Week (BBC Two) and went on to appear in a further 57 episodes. He also appeared on Nevermind the Buzzcocks (BBC Two), began hosting Sunday morning show The Russell Howard Show on BBC 6 Music with JON RICHARDSON and to co-host Out to Lunch (BBC Radio 2) with ROB DEERING. 2005 saw RUSSELL tour with stand-up show Skylarking and appear on Banter (BBC Radio 4) and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive (BBC Radio 4).

In 2004 RUSSELL took his first solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, entitled Russell Howard. He also appeared on Political Animal (BBC Radio 4). RUSSELL went to Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of The Comedy Zone in 2003. In 2002 he made his Edinburgh debut, sharing an hour-long show with fellow stand-up MATT BLAIZE. In 2001 he was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards. In 1999 RUSSELL made the finals of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition in only his fifth ever gig. RUSSELL HOWARD’S first stand-up gig was at the age of 19 while at university in Bristol.


AVALON TELEVISION


Currently Avalon Television have in production: brand new late night show Live At The Electric (BBC THREE) hosted by RUSSELL KANE; You Cannot Be Serious! (ITV1) a topical sports entertainment series, hosted by ALISTAIR MCGOWAN; and the quadruple-BAFTA and triple British Comedy award-winning Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1). Avalon Television also produce: Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC THREE), recommissioned for series six and seven in 2012; five series of the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE); critically-acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO); That Sunday Night Show (ITV 1), hosted by ADRIAN CHILES and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC THREE).

This year in the US, Avalon Television is producing season’s three of Workaholics, the most successful non-animated scripted comedy series in Comedy Central history, and John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show (Comedy Central). As well as the second season of Rove: LA, with host ROVE MCMANUS for FOX8 and the first season of Bunk (IFC), a game show parody hosted by KURT BRAUNOHLER. Also an established provider of digital content, The Handlers, starring BRYAN CRANSTON, is currently represented on Atom.com.

Avalon Television also produces successful radio shows: BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday hosted by AL MURRAY with regular contributors including ANDY ZALTZMAN and REBECCA FRONT; 8 series of Heresy (BBC Radio 4); Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2); Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show for Absolute Radio, the first commercial radio podcast to rise as high as number 1 in the iTunes Podcast chart; The Frank Skinner Show, Absolute Radio’s Saturday morning’s flagship show, whose spin-off podcasts received 10.1 million downloads in 2011 alone; and critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Living with Mother (BBC Radio 4) featuring ALISON STEADMAN, TIMOTHY SPALL, PENELOPE KEITH, Mr Blue Sky (BBC Radio 4) starring MARK BENTON and Don’t Start (BBC Radio 4), written and starring FRANK SKINNER.

Avalon Television, founded in 1993, have supplied to all major UK channels and leading cable and satellite stations, in addition to content for radio broadcasters. Avalon Television has produced Fantasy Football League (BBC TWO, ITV 1) with DAVID BADDIEL and FRANK SKINNER; three series of BAFTA award-winning The Harry Hill Show (Channel 4); the first ever UK arena comedy show Baddiel and Newman in Pieces at Wembley and Royal Television Society Award nominated The Frank Skinner Show (BBC ONE, ITV 1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak.