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. 106 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 5, Episode 12 is repeated tomorrow at 6:55pm.

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 - 2020
106   (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
Sunday 8th March 2020 on CBBC at 9:30am
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 5 Episode 12: Tomorrow at 6:55pm on CBBC
  2. Series 5 Episode 13: Thursday at 7pm on CBBC
  3. 2014 Specials Episode 1: Friday at 6:55pm on CBBC
  4. Series 3 Episode 2: Saturday at 8:30pm on CBBC
  5. Series 7 Episode 12: Sunday at 11:25am on CBBC
  6. Series 8 Episode 1: Monday at 9:20am on CBBC
  7. Crooked King John And The Magna Carta Episode 1: Monday at 7pm on CBBC
  8. Series 8 Episode 2: Tuesday 2nd June at 9:25am on CBBC
  9. Series 6 Episode 1: Tuesday 2nd June at 7pm on CBBC
  10. Series 8 Episode 3: Wednesday 3rd June at 9:20am on CBBCShow all repeats
  11. Series 6 Episode 2: Wednesday 3rd June at 7pm on CBBC
  12. Series 8 Episode 4: Thursday 4th June at 9:20am on CBBC
  13. Series 6 Episode 3: Thursday 4th June at 7pm on CBBC
  14. Series 8 Episode 5: Friday 5th June at 9:20am on CBBC
  15. Series 6 Episode 4: Friday 5th June at 7:10pm on CBBC

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