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. 111 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2021. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 7, Episode 5 is repeated today at 6:35pm.

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
111   (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 30th November 2020 on CBBC
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 7 Episode 5: Today at 6:35pm on CBBC
  2. Series 4 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 10:10am on CBBC
  3. Series 7 Episode 6: Tomorrow at 6:40pm on CBBC
  4. Series 4 Episode 4: Wednesday at 10:15am on CBBC
  5. Series 7 Episode 7: Wednesday at 6:35pm on CBBC
  6. Series 4 Episode 5: Thursday at 10:15am on CBBC
  7. Series 7 Episode 8: Thursday at 6:35pm on CBBC
  8. Series 4 Episode 6: Friday at 10:20am on CBBC
  9. Series 8 Episode 5: Saturday at 11:55am on CBBC
  10. Series 5 Episode 13: Saturday at 12:25pm on CBBCShow all repeats
  11. Series 8 Episode 5: Saturday at 5pm on CBBC
  12. Series 5 Episode 13: Saturday at 5:25pm on CBBC
  13. Series 8 Episode 1: Sunday at 11:10am on CBBC
  14. Series 7 Episode 3: Sunday at 11:40am on CBBC
  15. Series 4 Episode 7: Monday 1st February at 10:15am on CBBC
  16. Series 7 Episode 9: Monday 1st February at 6:35pm on CBBC
  17. Series 4 Episode 8: Tuesday 2nd February at 10:15am on CBBC
  18. Series 7 Episode 10: Tuesday 2nd February at 6:40pm on CBBC
  19. Series 4 Episode 9: Wednesday 3rd February at 10:15am on CBBC
  20. Series 7 Episode 11: Wednesday 3rd February at 6:40pm on CBBC
  21. Series 4 Episode 10: Thursday 4th February at 10:15am on CBBC
  22. Series 7 Episode 12: Thursday 4th February at 6:40pm on CBBC
  23. Series 4 Episode 11: Friday 5th February at 10:15am on CBBC

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