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Series one of Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Three’s most successful studio entertainment show - pulling in over 3 millions viewers per week and becoming the most requested BBC Three show on iPlayer whilst on air - is to be released on DVD for the first time on 15th November 2010 by 4DVD. This feature length collection brings together the best bits of the first eight episodes and sees RUSSELL HOWARD put his spin on news stories that have got the media in a frenzy, plus exclusive and unseen bonus material.

The new release gives Good News fans the chance to revisit all the funniest moments from the acclaimed first series. Bringing together the show’s best clips, sketches and stand-up onto one disc, the DVD offers RUSSELL’s inimitable take on the leading headlines of the time. Who can forget RUSSELL’s response to BNP leader NICK GRIFFIN’s provocative appearance on Question Time? Or his eagle-eye discovery of some of the quirkier items on the news agenda…like the hapless robbers who thought permanent marker could make a good substitute for a balaclava. In addition to footage from the show, the DVD also includes exclusive extras such as commentary from RUSSELL and his fellow news junkies (aka his team of script contributors) - not to mention previously unseen sketches, the unaired pilot and behind-the-scenes action.

One of the UK’s most successful live stand-up comedians, RUSSELL is set to embark on a brand new arena tour, Right Here, Right Now, in spring 2011. Following his last sell-out UK arena tour, Big Rooms & Belly Laughs, the tour will see him perform at some of the country’s biggest venues, including London’s O2 Arena. He has previously released two bestselling live DVDs, 2008’s Russell Howard Live and 2009’s Russell Howard Live - Dingledodies, which have sold approximately 400,000 copies and dominated the top 10 of the DVD comedy chart during both years of release. A DVD featuring the first series of Russell Howard’s Good News will be released this autumn by 4DVD.

In addition to being a regular on Mock The Week, RUSSELL has twice featured on Live At The Apollo and appeared on Would I Lie To You (BBC One), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two), and 8 Out 10 Cats (Channel 4).

Russell Howard’s Good News (cert TBC), 4DVD 2010
(Running time 75 mins approx. Extras: Never before seen footage)
Release date: 15th November 2010

The third series of Russell Howard’s Good News is due to air on BBC Three on 21st October 2010.

For more information please contact: Fran Cherry, Roxie Maskall or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on 020 7598 7222 / / /


… Russell Howard’s Good News

“The young stand-up comedian is a perfect fit for BBC Three. His key skills, as demonstrated on the satirical panel show Mock The Week, are an easy ebullience, boyish good looks and a not-too-taxing but often amusing take on current affairs… expect some razor sharp observations from one of the rising stars of the comedy circuit.”
Joe Clay, The Times Playlist

“Forget the usual gloom and doom - funnyman Russell is back with his unique take on new stories that’s bound to raise a smile”
News of the World, Fabulous

“Good to see Russell Howard, the agreeably warm foil to Frankie Boyle’s savage humour on Mock The Week and an excellent stand up in his own right, has earned his own show.”
Sharon Lougher, Metro

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

“Russell Howard is back with his one-man topical stand-up show. And if the last series is anything to go by, 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 Playlist

“The always agreeable Russell Howard returns with his show that casts a cocked eyebrow at the week’s headlines, looking at the major stories that have dominated proceedings as well as smaller, quirkier tales that may have been overlooked”
Inside Soap

“If you’re suffering Mock The Week withdrawal symptoms and need a new comedy to brighten your life as the days get darker look no further. Superb stand-up comedian and MTW regular Russell Howard wins his own show, so he can bring us his hilarious perspective on the big stories dominating the media.”
Mirror, We Love Telly

“A new series of the interactive topical show delivered by the comedian, who’s a bouncy Bristolian Tigger having fun, fun, fun, fun with the news.”

“The real good news is it’s guaranteed to be a be gag-a-minute stuff from the Bristol; pun slinger”

“Stand-up star, Mock The Week funnyman and all-round Nuts favourite Howard gets the chance to hog the limelight with his own TV programme… Expect it to be crammed with the jokester’s unique perspective on the stories dominating the headlines, as well as more overlooked stuff going on in the world. And laughs. Lots and lots of laughs. All of which sounds great to us.”
Mike Hall, Nuts


Avalon Television is one of the leading producers of award-winning comedy and light entertainment programmes in the UK. Founded in 1993, the independent production house supplies television programming to all the British terrestrial channels and the leading cable and satellite stations, in addition to content for radio broadcasters.

Recent television productions include: the quadruple-BAFTA and triple British Comedy Award-winning Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1); BBC THREE ratings hit Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show; three series of the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning primetime sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE), currently in production with its fourth series and set to return in the autumn; and BBC THREE’s highest ever rating entertainment series, Russell Howard’s Good News.

Avalon Television also produces radio, with recent projects including: 7 Day Sunday hosted by CHRIS ADDISON, joined by regulars SARAH MILLICAN and ANDY ZALTZMAN; Yes it’s the Ashes, ANDY ZALTZMAN’s topical look at the ashes series; the Sony Award nominated The Frank Skinner Show, which goes out on Saturday mornings on Absolute Radio; and DAVE GORMAN’s Sunday afternoon Absolute Radio show.


The series is produced by MARK IDDON series produced by ROBYN O'BRIEN and directed by PETER ORTON. Executive producers are JON THODAY, RICHARD ALLEN-TURNER, JAMES TAYLOR and KARL WARNER for the BBC.