Drunk History. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions
Drunk History

Drunk History

  • TV comedy
  • Comedy Central
  • 2014 - 2017
  • 29 episodes (3 series)

British version of the hit US format in which an inebriated narrator attempts to recount an event from history. Stars Jimmy Carr.

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Series 2, Episode 8

Drunk History. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Bradley Walsh). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions
Elis James and John Robins discuss the Battle of Waterloo (stars Vicky Pattison and Hugh Dennis), and Tom Parry tells us about Arthur Conan Doyle becoming Sherlock (stars Bradley Walsh).

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Further details

Episode 8 stars Bradley Walsh in 'Arthur Conan Doyle', narrated by Tom Parry. And Elis James & John Robins tell their version of 'Battle of Waterloo', starring Vicky Pattison, Hugh Dennis and Dan Renton Skinner. With Jimmy Carr providing the voiceover.

Vicky Pattison interview

Tell us about the story you are re-enacting...

I'm Lady Wellington, wife of the Duke of Wellington and the story is predominately about his obsession with Napoléon going to war with France.

Did you enjoy getting into character?

I was so nervous, I actually had a mini panic attack when I got there. Up until two days beforehand I was under the impression I was the one getting pissed! When I got there, there were all these trailers and it was all very professional, so when I was sitting in hair and makeup and I had my lines I was so so nervous. Most people that do this are actors or had some sort of training, so I really just felt very out my depth and very nervous.

Have you seen any clips of the comedian who told this story?

I didn't see any but they did play them back for you to do it, so I did have a listen and it was very funny. It is amazing. I absolutely love whole concept, hence why I was so keen to do it. I watched Rob Beckett from last year, and thought his was great, so I can't wait to see how it is all put together.

Can you hold your drink?

Yeah man. It's like my job. That is my profession; well it was until I left Geordie Shore. I'm a pretty good drinker, I can drink most adult men under the table.

How much have you drunk in one night?

Since getting into my health and fitness and leaving Geordie Shore I have become slightly more of a lightweight than I used to be. But back in the chubster days I used to be able to knock back 10 vodka soda limes or vodka red bulls, so 10 good drinks and then about 5 jaeger bombs.

What's your secret drunk munchies food?

Anything I can get my hands on, I'm not fussy when I've had a drink. Normally I like cheesy chips with garlic sauce... that's the dream, the ideal. If I can't get that, then a kebab with garlic sauce. Anything that is going to make your mouth taste like arse in the morning.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when you have been drunk?
I'm pretty sure everyone's witness the most ridiculous things that have happened to me. I once got really drunk in Paris with all the Geordie Shore girls, and proceeded to draw eyeliner moustaches on our face - very much like Inspector Clouseau - and then have fights with French sticks. We were trying to be cosmopolitan but we failed massively.

If you could be one historical figure who would you be?

Winston Churchill - bit of a weapon wasn't he. He led Britain to win WW2 - can't knock that can you?... oh, and I like his bald head.

Who would you most like to have a pint with from history?

Shakespeare sounds like he would be a bit of a laugh, he loved his drink. You never know he might have immortalised us in one of his plays!

If you could go back in time to any moment in history when would it be?

That moment in time when Mary Antoinette said "Let them eat cake" - I feel as though, as bad as it was for the people of France, her and her mates were having a fucking ball.

Bradley Walsh interview

What's your secret drunk munchies food?

Anything savory... or sweet chili crisps.

If you could be one historical figure who would you be and why?

The Rat Pack. Just watching and being with those guys on a regular basis at the height of cool... magic!

Who would you most like to have a pint with from history and why?

The great Egyptian architect Imhotep, who designed the first Pyramids to which all following similar constructions were built. Just simply to know how they did it!

If you could go back in time to any moment in history when would it be and why?

The eureka moment of perfecting the first 'real ale' just to have the brewer say "here Brad, what do you reckon?"

Broadcast details

Wednesday 30th March 2016
Comedy Central
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 31st March 2016 10:00pm CC Extra
Friday 1st April 2016 11:30pm Comedy Central
Sunday 3rd April 2016 3:00am Comedy Central
Monday 4th April 2016 2:00am Comedy Central
Tuesday 5th April 2016 12:30am Comedy Central
Wednesday 13th July 2016 10:30pm Comedy Central
Saturday 16th July 2016 1:30am Comedy Central
Friday 19th August 2016 2:30am Comedy Central
Monday 22nd August 2016 12:30am CC Extra
Friday 30th December 2016 11:30pm Comedy Central
Sunday 1st January 2017 10:45pm Comedy Central
Monday 2nd January 2017 2:00am Comedy Central
Friday 7th September 2018 2:30am CC Extra
Thursday 25th April 2019 3:00am CC Extra

Cast & crew

Jimmy Carr Narrator
Guest cast
Bradley Walsh Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Julian Rhind-Tutt Oscar Slater
Nicholas Burns Policeman
Joseph Morpurgo William Gordon
Dan Skinner Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
Hugh Dennis Napoleon
Vicky Pattison Wellington's Mistress
Felix Hayes Lord Uxbridge
Sam Simmons French Soldier
Ciarán Dowd Napoleon's Soldier
Tom Parry Self
Elis James Self
John Robins Self
Writing team
Dominic English Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Tom McKay Director
Ben Rogers Producer
Andy Brereton Executive Producer
Jill Offman Executive Producer
Lourdes Diaz Executive Producer
Stuart Lutes Editor
Mo Holden Production Designer
Nick Murray Willis Animation


Bradley Walsh as Arthur Conan Doyle

Tom Parry tells us about Arthur Conan Doyle becoming Sherlock.

Tom Parry drunk

Tom Parry gets distracted telling the story of Arthur Conan Doyle and talks to the camera crew.

Elis James and John Robins

Elis James and John Robins begin to tell their tale. Elis is clearly rather drunk!

Vicky Pattison

Elis James and John Robins explain how the Duke Of Wellington and his girlfriend had an argument at a ball.

Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington and his girlfriend conclude their discussion about whether he can leave the party.

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