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

Horrible Histories

CBBC and BBC One sketch show based around history. 96 episodes (7 series), 2009 - 2018. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 6, Episode 9 is repeated tomorrow at 8:50am.

Horrible Histories.

Horrible Histories

Smash hit CBBC series introducing children to gruesome events and ghastly characters from British and international history

Sketch Show
2009 - 2018
96   (7 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, Tom Miller, Caroline Norris, Giles Pilbrow, Imogen Cooper, Dominic Brigstocke and Lisa Mitchell

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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First broadcast
Thursday 16th April 2009 on BBC One at 4:35pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 7th May 2018 on CBBC at 4:30pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 6 Episode 9: Tomorrow at 8:50am on CBBC
  2. Series 4 Episode 14: Saturday at 8:30pm on CBBC
  3. Series 1 Episode 7: Sunday at 10:45am on CBBC
  4. Series 6 Episode 10: Monday at 8:50am on CBBC
  5. Series 7 Episode 11: Monday at 5:30pm on CBBC
  6. Series 7 Episode 11: Monday at 7:30pm on CBBC
  7. Series 6 Episode 11: Tuesday at 8:50am on CBBC
  8. Series 2 Episode 1: Tuesday at 7pm on CBBC
  9. Series 6 Episode 12: Wednesday at 8:50am on CBBC
  10. Series 6 Episode 13: Thursday 2nd May at 8:50am on CBBCShow all repeats
  11. Series 6 Episode 2: Thursday 2nd May at 1:55pm on CBBC
  12. Series 2 Episode 3: Thursday 2nd May at 7pm on CBBC
  13. Series 6 Episode 14: Friday 3rd May at 8:50am on CBBC
  14. Series 2 Episode 4: Friday 3rd May at 7pm on CBBC

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