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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.

Series 3, Episode 9 is repeated on CC Extra on Monday at 2:30am.

Drunk History. Image shows from L to R: Unknown, Alfred The Great (Alexander Armstrong), Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, King Guthrum (Blake Harrison). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Series 3, Episode 6

Charlotte Crosby and Matthew Lewis star in Phil Wang's take on Isaac Newton's rise to fame. Adam Buxton's story of King Alfred and the Vikings features Blake Harrison and Alexander Armstrong.

Full synopsis

Phil Wang interview

Drunk History. Phil Wang. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Phil Wang talks about getting sozzled...

What is your story about?

My story is about Isaac Newton's life, and specifically his role in helping discover and understand Halley's comet. I think. I don't remember much from that night.

How much did you drink in total?

I drank 2 pints of... ale? Then two doubles (?) of scotch, and then three quarters of a bottle of scotch again. So, in total, I drank booze baby.

What was the next morning like?

I blocked out the day to recover (I know myself like that) and drank some rehydration fluid after the recording, so I managed to wake up late, and relatively moist on the inside. Don't get me wrong - I still felt BAD. Like I was floating on two dead, overcooked rump steaks instead of feet. My head was hot the whole way through like a microwaved potato or meatloaf. My hands had the dexterity of a sick toddler.

Where did it rate on the hangover scale?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the most hungover I've ever been and 1 being my memories of the womb), this hangover was a confident 7.

The most hungover I've ever been was during my first year at university (because contrary to popular belief, I have actually always been a legend), during which I'd set myself the challenge of going to every single lecture (a challenge I completed thank you very much). I somehow got on my bicycle and cycled through the wind and rain at 8:45am, crying. CRYING. I got to the lecture theatre only to discover the lights in the theatre made me want to vomit. So I buried my face in my arms and missed the damn lecture after all.

Have you seen your episode yet? Are you going to be watching it through your fingers?

I haven't seen it. I'll probably be watching it with my fingers in my pants. I'm a big fan of me, you see.

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

Yes I am, and no I didn't. I'm only recently interested in it.

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

The Victorian days of the British Empire. I'm fascinated by it.

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

The Clapham Sect who initiated the abolitionism movement in Britain.

If you were to do Drunk History again what story would you like to recount next time?

Pearl Harbour. The movie.

What are you working on next?

My sketch trio Daphne are working on Series 2 of our Radio 4 show: Daphne Sounds Expensive. It should be hitting the airwaves in June/July. Also I am doing a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe in August so do come to that if you can.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 12th April 2017
Comedy Central
30 minutes


  1. Thursday 13th April 2017 at 11:00pm on Comedy Central
  2. Friday 14th April 2017 at 11:25pm on CC Extra
  3. Sunday 16th April 2017 at 2:00am on Comedy Central
  4. Monday 17th April 2017 at 1:00am on CC Extra
  5. Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 12:00am on Comedy Central
  6. Monday 5th February 2018 at 3:25am on CC Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jimmy Carr Narrator
Guest cast
Alexander Armstrong Alfred The Great
Blake Harrison King Guthrum
Bella Younger Woodcutter's Wife
Tony Cook Viking
Joe Wilkinson Beggar
Marek Larwood Isaac Newton
Charlotte Crosby Hannah Newton
Owen Roberts Lecturer
Tim Downie Royal Society Member
Matthew Lewis Edmond Halley
Adam Buxton Self
Phil Wang 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


King Alfred's Cakes

Adam Buxton has a story to tell.

Featuring: Adam Buxton, Alexander Armstrong (Alfred The Great), Bella Younger (Woodcutter's Wife).

Halley's Comet and The Spice Girls

Phil Wang might have got some of the details wrong.

Featuring: Phil Wang, Marek Larwood (Isaac Newton), Matthew Lewis (Edmond Halley).

Matthew Lewis interview

Matthew Lewis answers a few questions...

Featuring: Matthew Lewis (Edmond Halley).

Isaac Newton talks to his mum

Charlotte Crosby is Isaac Newton's mum.

Featuring: Marek Larwood (Isaac Newton), Charlotte Crosby (Hannah Newton).

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