Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton
Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

  • TV sketch show
  • CBBC / BBC One
  • 2009 - 2024
  • 139 episodes (10 series)

Hit sketch show based on surprising facts from world history, inspired by the hit children's book series. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas and more.

Horrible Histories

Key details

Sketch Show
2009 - 2024
139 (10 series), plus 11 highlights programmes
Terry Deary
Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard, Sarah Hadland, Tom Stourton and more
Ben Ward, Dave Cohen, Lucy Clarke, Laurence Rickard, Gerard Foster, Giles Pilbrow, Steve Punt, George Sawyer and more
Simon Gibney, Ian Curtis, Steve Connelly, Dominic Brigstocke, Chloe Thomas, Matt Holt, Gordon Anderson, Céin McGillicuddy and Paul Taylor
David Staite, Jack Cheshire, Simon Wilson, Tom Miller, Caroline Norris, Lisa Mitchell, Ben Rogers, Matt Lamont and more

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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Additional details

Also known as
  • Horrible Histories: 'Orrible Opera (2023 special)
Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 16th April 2009 at 4:35pm on BBC One
Next repeats
  1. 2016 Specials: Friday at 9:50am on CBBC
  2. Series 9, Special: Friday at 5:30pm on CBBC
  3. Special: Sunday at 1:05pm on CBBC
  4. Series 10, Episode 6: Monday 27th May at 9:20am on CBBC
  5. Series 10, Episode 7: Tuesday 28th May at 9:20am on CBBC
  6. Series 10, Episode 8: Wednesday 29th May at 9:20am on CBBC
  7. Series 10, Episode 9: Thursday 30th May at 9:20am on CBBC
  8. Series 10, Episode 10: Friday 31st May at 9:20am on CBBC
  9. Series 9, Special: Friday 31st May at 6:40pm on CBBC
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Dorney Court, Ham House and Strawberry Hill House (Twickenham)
  • West London Film Studios
  • Twickenham Film Studios

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