Sky has commissioned Avalon to produce a new fast turnaround topical entertainment show from Russell Howard, Russell Howard’s Home Time, which will air twice a week on Sky One and NOW TV on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting this Thursday 9 April at 10.30pm.
The new series will see Russell Howard giving his perspective on current world events, as he chats to some famous faces and interesting people in lockdown, all from his former childhood bedroom.
Russell Howard said, “Like you I’m stuck at home going slowly mad. So, I’m doing a new show where I’ll be trying to spread some joy in these strange times, chatting to some famous faces and unsung heroes. But crucially not touching ANY of them.”
Philip Edgar-Jones, Head of Entertainment at Sky, said, “We’re living in the strangest and anxious of moments, in a world where we communicate with our friends and families solely via online platforms; where crossing the road to avoid people is considered polite and where we’d gladly grass up our neighbours for sitting on a park bench. So, who better to unpick the oddness with his unique take on the world than Russell Howard.”
Jon Thoday, Executive Producer for Avalon, added: “We are delighted that Sky have moved so quickly to choose Russell for this fast turnaround lockdown show”
Howard will be donating his fee for the series to NHS Charities Together and The Trussell Trust.
Russell Howard’s Home Time is a Sky original series produced by Avalon (Breeders, The Russell Howard Hour Taskmaster, Not Going Out,). It was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director, Content, Sky and Philip Edgar Jones. The commissioning editor at Sky is Shirley Jones, whilst Executive Producers are Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor and Jon Thoday for Avalon. The Series Producer is Robyn O’Brien. The Russell Howard Hour is set to return to Sky One later this year.