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Drunk History. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Drunk History

Comedy Central comedy in which drunk comedians tell stories. 29 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2017. Stars Jimmy Carr.

Drunk History. Image shows from L to R: Charles d'Albret (Mike Wozniak), Charles VI (Dustin Demri-Burns), Marshal Boucicaut (Guz Khan). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Series 3, Episode 5

Jessica Hynes stars as Emmeline Pankhurst in Luisa Omielan's hammered history of the suffragettes, while Stephen Mangan is Henry V in Tom Rosenthal's trollied tale of Agincourt.

Full synopsis

Tom Rosenthal interview

Drunk History. Tom Rosenthal. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

What is your story about?

Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt.

How much did you drink in total, do you think?

Three pints of ale, two double whiskies and two sambucas.

What was the next morning like?

Fine. You get to bed nice and early after Drunk History. They put you in a car and drop you off at your girlfriend's and she takes your t-shirt off and puts it in the wash because you've been sick on it and she's fine with all that. Next morning's there's no tension in your relationship, it's fine.

Where did it rate on the hangover scale?

Don't know, but whoever came up with the hangover scale sounds like a cool guy.

Have you seen your episode yet?

I haven't seen it yet, but in the second series they broadcast the sound of me throwing up, so it can't get much worse. In terms of my performance I expect to continue on from previous series, where I flail around like a monkey and speak in a bizarre drunken cockney teenage girl patois.

Are you interested in history? Did you pay attention to the subject at school?

I paid attention to every subject except Design Technology (no dexterity) and chemistry (no interest in chemistry). It's weird how they say we learn history to avoid making the same mistakes again, even though when you learn history, all it is is humans making the same mistakes again.

If you had a time machine, which time period would you most like to go back to, and why?

About a year ago, because I could win loads of money gambling (cheeky tipple on Leicester) and I'd still have my family, social circle and forgiving girlfriend. I know things aren't politically ideally right now but at least they're not decapitation bad, which they were, for like all of history. If I went back to the Aztecs I'm fairly confident I'd be a skull in a skull-pile in no time.

Meanwhile, if you could have a night down the pub with any historical figures, who would you invite?

I'd get Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Copernicus, Da Vinci, Galileo and Einstein together then get my iPhone out and watch them marvel at Fruit Ninja.

What are you working on next?

I am in a play called The Philanthropist at the Trafalgar Studios with Charlotte Richie, Matt Berry, Simon Bird and Lily Cole and I've just made a web series for Comedy Central with James Acaster, Celeste Dring, David Trent, Javone Prince and Thomas Gray. I would love it if you watched either of those things (the web series is considerably cheaper than the play).

Guz Khan interview

Drunk History. Image shows from L to R: Unknown, Marshal Boucicaut (Guz Khan), French Soldier (Matthew Steer), Unknown. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Which historical figure do you play?

I'll be honest, I'm not sure, but I can tell you he's got a shit haircut...

How much did you know before taking on this role?

Not much, but I was willing to do the research until I saw his noggin, and that fully put me off any further learning.

What was it like having to mime along to the storyteller's words? Did that take much practice to get right?

No, that was fine actually. They have a massive speaker on set so you get to go through it a few times before actually performing it. Also it's all hella funny and natural so that makes the process easier.

Are you interested in history? Did you pay attention to the subject at school?

I am a huge reader of material that relates to a 'truer' representation of history, as opposed to the stuff we get taught in the traditional English curriculum and schooling systems. If I can be real, at a time when London had one hospital to service a huge growing population, there were over 300 in Baghdad, nobody taught me about that! They called that shit the 'dark ages' at school, my uncles were killing it then.

If you had a time machine, which time period would you most like to go back to, and why?

I'd have to say at a time when Malcolm X was in his heyday. He is a historical figure like none other. My hero mate.

Meanwhile, if you could have a night down the pub with any historical figure, who would you invite?

You mean a pub that only served J20s and Halal turkey bacon? Most definitely it would be Muhammed Ali, I can't think of a more all round entertaining person to be in the presence of.

What are you working on next?

Thankfully loads, I'm going into production on Borderline Series 2 (Channel 5), reprising my role as Mo. I am also releasing a BBC Three Top 5 due out soon. Continuing to smash stand-up comedy all over the joint. Most importantly though, I'm potty training my son, this kid keeps shitting all over the house so I need to get this locked off as a priority.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Time
10pm
Channel
Comedy Central
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

  1. Thursday 6th April 2017 at 11:00pm on Comedy Central
  2. Friday 7th April 2017 at 11:30pm on CC Extra
  3. Sunday 9th April 2017 at 1:00am on Comedy Central
  4. Monday 10th April 2017 at 12:55am on CC Extra
  5. Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 12:00am on Comedy Central

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jimmy Carr Narrator
Guest cast
Tom Goodman-Hill Herbert Henry Asquith
Jessica Hynes Emmeline Pankhurst
Lucy Middleditch Suffragette
Edward Easton (as Ed Easton) Prison Guard
Marie Lawrence Edith Garrud
Bruce Mackinnon Policeman
Emma Sidi Spanish Decoy Suffragette
Stephen Mangan Henry V
Adam Foster Richard of Cambridge
Dustin Demri-Burns Charles VI
Mike Wozniak Charles d'Albret
Guz Khan Marshal Boucicaut
Matthew Steer French Soldier
George Fouracres English Longbowman
Tony Cook French Soldier
Tom Rosenthal Self
Luisa Omielan Self
Writing team
Dominic English Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Tom McKay Director
Ben Rogers Producer
Andrew Brereton (as Andy Brereton) Executive Producer
Louise Holmes Executive Producer
Matt Tiller Executive Producer
Stuart Lutes Editor
Rachel Spann Editor
Jo Sutherland Production Designer

Videos

Henry V's famous Agincourt speech

Henry V gives a speech.

Featuring: Stephen Mangan (Henry V).

The Suffragettes

Votes For Women!

Featuring: Luisa Omielan, Marie Lawrence (Edith Garrud), Bruce Mackinnon (Policeman), Emma Sidi (Spanish Decoy Suffragette).

Emmeline Pankhurst

Luisa Omielan tells the story of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Featuring: Luisa Omielan, Jessica Hynes (Emmeline Pankhurst), Marie Lawrence (Edith Garrud).

Henry V prepares for battle

Tom Rosenthal tells the story of how Henry V prepared to go into battle.

Featuring: Tom Rosenthal, Stephen Mangan (Henry V), Guz Khan (Marshal Boucicaut).


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