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. 122 episodes (9 series), 2009 - 2021. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 8, Special is repeated today at 10:25am.

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 - 2021
122   (9 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, Chloe Thomas and Matt Holt
David Staite, Jack Cheshire, Simon Wilson, 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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First broadcast
Thursday 16th April 2009 on BBC One at 4:35pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 20th August 2021 on CBBC at 5pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 8 Episode 11: Today at 10:25am on CBBC
  2. Series 8 Episode 12: Tomorrow at 10:25am on CBBC
  3. Series 7 Episode 9: Saturday at 4:55pm on CBBC
  4. Series 3 Episode 5: Saturday at 5:25pm on CBBC
  5. Series 8 Episode 3: Sunday at 1:05pm on CBBC
  6. Series 8 Episode 4: Sunday at 1:35pm on CBBC
  7. Series 8 Episode 5: Sunday at 6:40pm on CBBC
  8. Series 7 Episode 1: Monday at 10:35am on CBBC
  9. Series 7 Episode 2: Tuesday at 10:35am on CBBC
  10. Series 7 Episode 3: Wednesday at 10:30am on CBBCShow all repeats
  11. Series 7 Episode 4: Thursday 30th September at 10:35am on CBBC
  12. Series 7 Episode 5: Friday 1st October at 10:35am on CBBC
  13. Series 9 Episode 1: Friday 1st October at 5pm on CBBC

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