Topical stand-up comedy show hosted by Russell Howard
- Russell Howard's Good News Extra
- 2009 - 2013 (BBC Three)
- 79 (8 series)
- Russell Howard
- Russell Howard, Dan Atkinson, Richard Herring, Karl Minns, Steve Williams
- Avalon Television
Russell Howard presents this very popular weekly topical comedy series on BBC Three filmed in front of a live studio audience.
Russell offers his unique perspective on the big stories dominating all of our news outlets, from online and print to broadcast, as well as picking up on those sometimes overlooked things that make him smile.
Viewers are invited to shape the show's agenda by submitting stories online at www.bbc.co.uk/russellhoward or via Twitter
On either the Friday or Saturday night following each programme, BBC Three broadcasts Russell Howard's Good News Extra. These extended-length 45-minute repeats included a guest stand-up spot.
Our Review: Launching a topical satire programme is a notoriously hard thing to get right, so congratulations to the team behind Russell Howard's Good News for creating this instant hit. And when we say 'hit', we mean it. This really is a smash hit!
The show has seen its ratings grow from 1.7 million to a peak of 3.9 million viewers a week and is now regularly the most watched show on BBC iPlayer across all BBC channels.
The programme neatly mixes Howard's stand-up routines with funny clips from the internet, quick-fire sketches and studio games to present a compelling show which treats its audience with more intelligence than many of BBC Three's previous satire attempts (for example, the end segment bucks the 'yoof TV' trend by serving up viewers with a genuine heart-warming good news story).
Producing so much new comedy material week in, week out is always draining for both the star and writers, but the comic and the other writers have managed, so far, to keep the enthusiasm and energy going. Fair play to them and long may the show continue.