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The Horrible Histories author is struggling not to say something outrageous. Just don't mention schools... or libraries... or football.
Written by Cole Moreton. The Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2013
Popular children's book series, Horrible Histories, is to end after 20 years according to author Terry Deary.
BBC News, 2nd April 2013
Horrible Histories has evolved into a phenomenon encompassing books, stage shows and a children's TV series as funny as anything aimed at adults.
Written by Richard Preston. The Telegraph, 21st February 2013
Authors, including artistic director of Bath Children's Literature Festival David Almond have criticised Horrible Histories author Terry Deary's comments that libraries are damaging the book industry.
Written by Daisy Bowie-Sell. The Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2013
Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain, the children's history show currently showing in the daytime slot at the Garrick Theatre, will embark on a tour to the Middle East before returning to its West End home in October.
Written by Kieran Corcoran. What's on Stage, 29th August 2012
The wildly successful Horrible Histories books and TV shows - facts boosted by lots of jokes - are adored by children and adults alike. Writer Terry Deary thinks it's because his characters often subvert authority.
Written by Jon Henley. The Guardian, 14th July 2012
Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? Or what you would do if a Viking moved in next door? The latest stage show by Horrible Histories could answer your questions. Barmy Britain at the Garrick Theatre in London is proving as popular as the books and television series. Two of its stars, Neal Foster and Alison Fitzjohn, joined the BBC Breakfast team as Anne Boleyn and Henry the Eighth and they had a special 'Jubilee' rap to share.
BBC News, 1st June 2012
You can't beat this series for fascinating facts underlining the fact that life in the past was often weird, cruel and smelly. But it's the songs that are often the best bit and today's is a winner for Kate Bush fans, as Mary Stuart tackles her own version of Wuthering Heights. Plus, we learn that the Normans changed the name of a town called Snottingham... by simply dropping the "s".
Geoff Ellis, The Radio Times, 18th May 2012
The past has never looked so much fun or so funny as in this award-winning comedy, enjoyed by children, adults and even most history teachers. In this episode, King Edward III gets married, Julius Caesar reveals his not-very-secret tips on hiding baldness, we learn the tricks of the criminal trade on The Real Victorian Hustle and there's an insight into the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.
Geoff Ellis, Radio Times, 11th May 2012
The best comedy of the week was to be found over on CBBC, where series four of Horrible Histories made its debut (confusingly, BBC1 is currently showing series two).
Often described as being 'funny ... for a kids' show', few comedies can touch Horrible Histories for original ideas.
Written by Stephen Kelly. The Guardian, 12th April 2012
Interesting fact: in the late 1630s, as part of the war effort against the Scots, womens' urine was collected from church congregations for use in the production of gunpowder. This is grist to the mill for Horrible Histories, back on CBBC for a fourth series. And isn't that Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith, AKA The League Of Gentlemen, joining in the fun? Which just goes to show how much credibility HH enjoys these days.
Find out why Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss are working together on the popular kids show.
Written by Gareth McLean. The Radio Times, 9th April 2012
In 80 years' time there will be a generation of pensioners in Britain still holding preconceptions about the Romans or Charles II that were formed by this CBBC sketch show. It's a phenomenon that has done more to form its viewers' sense of history than a legion of primary school teachers.
David Butcher, Radio Times, 9th April 2012
The hugely enjoyable comedy chronology returns for a new series. There's nothing else on TV like it, with its spot-on mix of education and bodily functions. In this episode you'll learn about the surprising properties of women's tinkle, where the phrase "warts and all" came from, and how German second world war pilots chose their targets from a tourists' guide to historic landmarks. All this plus the return of Stupid Deaths and an incredible running gag on the Spanish Armada with Ben Willbond dressed as Sir Francis Drake. One for the mums. Actual television perfection.
At their most grotesque, they possessed imagination dark enough to spew forth the village of Royston Vasey - a place populated by pen-obsessed sadists, an incestuous "local" couple and a magical man who swanned around in black-face, abducting innocent women from their homes. Now, after 10 years, The League of Gentlemen are back ... on a children's TV show.
Written by Stephen Kelly. The Independent, 6th April 2012
Forget talking-head boffins boffing away in castles and battlefields. Far and away the best history show on TV - for children and adults alike - is this inspired sketch show with its deranged mix of crazy facts, knockabout comedy and bloodthirsty re-enactments. Did you know, to quote just one example, that in the 1630s, women's urine was a key ingredient of gunpowder? That's an icebreaker to store for future use.
Accentuating the visceral is what the Horrible Histories series does best. To this grisly end, blood-spattering visuals and axe-splicing sound effects are key components of the company's tribute to the 16th century's most ruthless royals.
Written by Ronnie Haydon. The Stage, 26th March 2012
The cast and crew of Horrible Histories talk about the show in advance of the fourth series.
British Film Institute, 18th March 2012
His Horrible History books have sold in their millions and author Terry Deary believes giving children facts, not fairytales, is a great way to get them to read.
Written by John Dingwall. The Daily Record, 3rd February 2012
Terry Deary's wonderful books show us not that things used to be worse, but that today's kids are savvier than ever before.
Written by Jonathan Jones. The Guardian, 17th October 2011
In other words it's all your favourite songs from the series, performed by the regulars with an orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. So we get Ra Ra Cleopatra, the Stone Age Song, and The Vikings. Plus, there's plenty of silliness with dances of death, starring Death and his executioners and a whole host of royal performers.
Geoff Ellis, Radio Times, 11th September 2011
This year's free family Prom featured the team behind Horrible Histories, the CBBC programme which has capitalised brilliantly on the underexploited fact that real history is far funnier and more gripping than any kids' cartoon. The Guardian's original review of this concert characterised it as "pitched somewhere between pantomime, a Footlights revue and an old-school variety show", only just about qualifying for Proms status by shoehorning classical snippets between sketches. There is something indubitably heartwarming about an Albert Hall full of children enjoying the life of Charles II being rapped in the style of Eminem.
Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories series, which has sold more than 25 million copies, has admitted that he dislikes historians.
BBC Breakfast, 17th August 2011
Pitched somewhere between a pantomime, a Footlights revue and an old-school variety show, this year's free Family Prom barely qualified for its Prom status, save for 10 judiciously chosen classical excerpts that were crowbarred in between the skits. Not that it mattered: the queue for returns snaked several hundred yards out of the Albert Hall, suggesting that this show could probably have filled Wembley Stadium.
Written by John Lewis. The Guardian, 1st August 2011