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

Returns 7th July at 5pm. Episode Guide
Series 6, Episode 8 is repeated on Saturday at 12:25pm.

Horrible Histories.

Horrible Histories

Hit sketch show based on surprising facts from world history, inspired by the hit children's book series

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
2009 - 2021
Channels
CBBC, BBC One
Episodes
121   (9 series), plus 8 highlights programmes
Creator
Terry Deary
Starring
Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard, Sarah Hadland, Tom Stourton and others
Writers
George Sawyer, Mathew Baynton, Colin Swash, Howard Read, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, Justin Edwards, Steve Punt and others
Directors
Simon Gibney, Ian Curtis, Steve Connelly, Dominic Brigstocke, Chloe Thomas and Matt Holt
Producers
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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Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 16th April 2009 on BBC One at 4:35pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 7th May 2021 on CBBC at 5pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 6 Episode 8: Saturday at 12:25pm on CBBC
  2. Series 6 Episode 5: Saturday at 12:55pm on CBBC
  3. Series 6 Episode 4: Saturday at 4:50pm on CBBC
  4. Series 6 Episode 11: Saturday at 5:20pm on CBBC
  5. Series 7 Episode 1: Sunday at 12:55pm on CBBC
  6. Series 7 Episode 13: Sunday at 6:25pm on CBBC
  7. Series 7 Episode 15: Sunday at 6:55pm on CBBC
  8. Series 6 Episode 13: Friday 21st May at 9:05am on CBBC

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