Russell Howard’s Good News is to move to BBC Two for its ninth season, the BBC announced today.
Russell Howard’s Good News, which began its life on BBC Three in 2009, features comedian Russell Howard commenting on the week’s news with a mix of stand-up, sketches and special guests. The series, produced by Avalon, will debut on BBC Two in 2015.
The decision to move Russell Howard’s Good News to BBC Two comes in the wake of the announcement that BBC Three is to shut down as a linear channel and after the series has consistently pulled in strong ratings, with the last season averaging 898k viewers.
“It is brilliant news that the wonderfully funny Russell Howard is coming to BBC Two and I very much look forward to welcoming his lively take on modern life to the channel”, said BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw.
The BBC’s Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Mark Linsey commented: “Five years ago, BBC Three spotted Russell’s great talent, commissioned this brilliantly funny show, nurtured and cherished it and is now passing it on to BBC Two as a fully fledged hit.”
While Russell Howard added: “I’m really looking forward to the new series on BBC Two. I can’t wait to get started.”