Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton.

Horrible Histories

CBBC and BBC One sketch show based on historical fact. 105 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 6, Episode 4 is repeated today at 7pm.

Horrible Histories.

Horrible Histories

Hit sketch show based on surprising facts from world history, inspired by the hit children's book series

Sketch Show
2009 - 2019
105   (8 series), plus 8 highlights programmes
Terry Deary
Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard, Sarah Hadland, Tom Stourton and others
George Sawyer, Mathew Baynton, Colin Swash, Howard Read, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, Justin Edwards, Steve Punt and others
Simon Gibney, Ian Curtis, Steve Connelly, Dominic Brigstocke and Chloe Thomas
David Staite, Jack Cheshire, Tom Miller, Caroline Norris, Giles Pilbrow, Imogen Cooper, Dominic Brigstocke, Lisa Mitchell and Matt Lamont

Childrens' BBC comedy series based on the best-selling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.

Starting out in the Savage Stone Age, Horrible Histories progresses through the Awful Egyptians, Rotten Romans, Vicious Vikings, Measly Middle Ages, Terrible Tudors, Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians, right up to the Woeful Second World War.

Liberally splattered with guts, blood and poo, Horrible Histories romps through the ages in a collection of sketches, cartoons and quizzes.

Each episode features a mixture of sketches from different ages, played by the ensemble cast, and commentary from the show's host Rattus Rattus - the talking rat.

The show also includes pastiches of some familiar TV formats such as Historical Wife Swap, Historical Hospital and Ready Steady Feast; and various spoof songs, for example a musical journey through 18th Century British history in the style of a Westlife ballad, sung by four King Georges.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 16th April 2009 on BBC One at 4:35pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 16th September 2019 on CBBC at 5:30pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 6 Episode 4: Today at 7pm on CBBC
  2. Series 6 Episode 5: Tomorrow at 7pm on CBBC
  3. Series 6 Episode 6: Thursday at 7:05pm on CBBC
  4. Series 4 Episode 14: Friday at 10:55am on CBBC
  5. Series 8 Episode 1: Friday at 11:25am on CBBC
  6. Series 8 Episode 2: Friday at 11:55am on CBBC
  7. Series 8 Episode 3: Friday at 12:20pm on CBBC
  8. Series 8 Episode 4: Friday at 12:50pm on CBBC
  9. Series 8 Episode 5: Friday at 1:20pm on CBBC
  10. Series 8 Episode 6: Friday at 1:50pm on CBBCShow all repeats
  11. Series 7 Episode 2: Saturday at 8:25pm on CBBC
  12. Series 6 Episode 11: Sunday at 11:20am on CBBC
  13. Series 6 Episode 7: Tuesday 17th December at 7pm on CBBC
  14. Series 6 Episode 8: Wednesday 18th December at 7pm on CBBC
  15. Horrible Christmas Episode 1: Thursday 19th December at 7pm on CBBC
  16. Series 7 Episode 3: Saturday 21st December at 8:30pm on CBBC
  17. Horrible Christmas Episode 1: Sunday 22nd December at 11:25am on CBBC
  18. Horrible Christmas Episode 1: Monday 23rd December at 6:35pm on CBBC
  19. Horrible Christmas Episode 1: Wednesday 25th December at 7:30pm on CBBC
  20. Horrible Christmas Episode 1: Thursday 26th December at 8:20pm on CBBC
  21. Horrible Christmas Episode 1: Friday 27th December at 4:55pm on CBBC
  22. Series 8 Episode 1: Saturday 28th December at 11:20am on CBBC
  23. Series 8 Episode 2: Saturday 28th December at 11:50am on CBBC
  24. Series 8 Episode 3: Saturday 28th December at 12:20pm on CBBC
  25. Series 8 Episode 4: Saturday 28th December at 12:50pm on CBBC
  26. Series 8 Episode 5: Saturday 28th December at 1:15pm on CBBC
  27. Series 7 Episode 4: Saturday 28th December at 8:25pm on CBBC
  28. Series 6 Episode 13: Sunday 29th December at 11:40am on CBBC

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