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 4, Episode 12 is repeated today at 7pm.

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, Lisa Mitchell, Melissa Hardinge, Bill Hobbins, Richard Bradley and others

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 7th May 2018 on CBBC at 4:30pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 4 Episode 12: Today at 7pm on CBBC
  2. Series 4 Episode 13: Tomorrow at 7pm on CBBC
  3. Series 7 Episode 2: Friday at 1:10pm on CBBC
  4. Series 4 Episode 9: Saturday at 8:30pm on CBBC
  5. Series 1 Episode 4: Sunday at 11:30am on CBBC
  6. Series 7 Episode 6: Sunday at 4:55pm on CBBC
  7. Series 4 Episode 14: Monday at 7pm on CBBC
  8. Series 7 Episode 1: Tuesday at 4:30pm on CBBC
  9. Series 4 Episode 15: Tuesday at 7pm on CBBC
  10. Series 5 Episode 1: Wednesday 27th March at 7pm on CBBCShow all repeats
  11. Series 5 Episode 2: Thursday 28th March at 7pm on CBBC

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