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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Laurence Rickard, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Horrible Histories

CBBC sketch show. 88 episodes (6 series), 2009 - 2016. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard, John Eccleston and others.

Returns 5th Sep. Episode Guide
(King John And The Magna Carta, Episode 1 is repeated on today at 1:15pm)

Horrible Histories. Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Series 1 (2009)

Liberally splattered with guts, blood and poo, the first series of Horrible Histories romped through all the ages in a collection of sketches, cartoons and quizzes in 2009.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Series 2 (2010)

Victorian Dragon's Den, Historical Wife Swap and Ready Steady Feast are among the spoof shows in the second series. The comedy songs were back by popular demand too and included the toe-tapping number Spartan School Musical and a Charles II song (with a nod to Eminem). Those making cameo performances included David Baddiel and Alexei Sayle.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Series 3 (2011)

The third series covered every era from the Stone Age to the First World War, with new additions including terrible tales from the Angry Aztecs, the Fabulous French and the Nasty Knights. The series also featured a devilishly difficult ditty which features every Monarch from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II; plus an Adam Ant style homage to Dick Turpin, and songs about suffragettes and bad emperors.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Ben Willbond. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Big Prom Party (2011)

As part of the BBC Proms season, the multi-award winning team joined forces with the Aurora Orchestra to create The Horrible Histories Big Prom Party - a romp through the story of classical music.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Ben Willbond, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Series 4 (2012)

Find out how historical figures such as Dick Whittington and Robert the Bruce get on pitching movies about their life story, and which Historical Apprentice teams will find out they're fired. The stars of The League of Gentlemen guest star too!

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Alice Lowe, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Ben Willbond. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Horrible Christmas (2010)

Christmas is a time for charity, hope and goodwill to all men - but for Horrible Histories it's a time of farting jesters, finding bacon in your Christmas card, and having your dinner confiscated by Oliver Cromwell!

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Series 5 (2013)

The fifth series of Horrible Histories was broadcast from late Spring to early Summer 2013. At the time it was thought the show was going to stop there, so it ended with an epic final song.

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Horrible Histories. Queen Victoria (Sarah Hadland). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Series 6 (2015)

The series returns with a revamped cast, with each of the episodes themed around a particular famous person from history.

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