‘Gert Lush’ [English, Adjective, Bristolian Slang]: The highest form of praise a Bristolian can bestow on anything.
Christmas ‘tis the season to be jolly’, unless you are Dan Colman (RUSSELL HOWARD), a regular guy who is about to introduce the woman of his dreams, Lisa (HANNAH BRITLAND), to his crazy but loveable west country family. With his fitness-obsessed Dad (NEIL MORRISSEY), party animal Uncle Tony (GREG DAVIES), wonderfully inappropriate brother Jake (DOUGGIE MCMEEKIN) and lovely but utterly bonkers mum (SOPHIE THOMPSON)… what could possibly go wrong?
RUSSELL HOWARD’s eagerly awaited debut comedy-drama A Gert Lush Christmas first aired on BBC Two. Co-written with fellow stand-up STEVE WILLIAMS (Russell Howard’s Good News, Michael McCintyre’s Comedy Roadshow), RUSSELL stars alongside NEIL MORRISSEY (Men Behaving Badly, Waterloo Road), GREG DAVIES (The Inbetweeners, Man Down), SOPHIE THOMPSON (EastEnders) and for the very first time, alongside his sister KERRY HOWARD (Him & Her, I Give it A Year).
RUSSELL is best known for the BBC’s internationally popular Russell Howard’s Good News. As well as reaching three million viewers a week and regularly being the most watched show on iPlayer across all BBC Channels, it is also available around the world via a YouTube channel launched in 2014 – allowing fans to watch full episodes of the show (without piracy) in countries where the show wasn’t already broadcast – and has had over 11 million views and been watched in 180 countries (including North Korea and Vatican City). Episodes of Russell Howard’s Good News have even been subtitled and uploaded to Chinese video site AcFun, where the show has also been watched over 4 million times. The global success of Good News has seen RUSSELL go on to sell out world stand-up tours.