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. 105 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 4, Episode 4 is repeated today at 7pm.

Series 1, Episode 1

A pirate captain worries about early bedtime, a soldier from the First World War struggles to cook with fake food and the four King Georges form a boy band and sing Born To Rule - a musical journey through 18th-century British History, sung in the style of a Westlife ballad.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Jim Howick. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

A rather unsavoury liquid that was used to clean clothes in the Middle Ages is revealed in this week's edition of the comedy sketch show which takes a humorous look at all things historical.

Historical Hospital sees a stone-age doctor try to cure a terrified modern patient's headache and My Stuart Family are amused when they feast their eyes on their first banana.

King Pepi II, a pharaoh, discovers a novel way to combat flies and Meera Syal reads the Ancient Egyptian version of The Princess And The Pea.

King Henry VIII is reminded of all the people he beheaded in This Is Your Reign and the Tudor monarch rounds off the show with Divorced, Beheaded And Died, a witty ditty detailing the lives of his six wives.

Broadcast details

Thursday 16th April 2009
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jim Howick Various
    Simon Farnaby Various
    Ben Willbond Various
    Mathew Baynton Various
    Martha Howe-Douglas Various
    Laurence Rickard Various
    Sarah Hadland Various
    Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
    Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
    Meera Syal Self
    Lisa Devlin Ensemble Actor
    Javone Prince Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Writing team
    Jon Holmes Writer
    Lucy Clarke Writer
    Dave Cohen Writer
    Ben Ward Writer
    Susie Donkin Writer
    Production team
    Steve Connelly Director
    Chloe Thomas Director
    Caroline Norris Series Producer
    Giles Pilbrow Producer
    Dominic Brigstocke Producer
    Richard Bradley Executive Producer
    Kim Shillinglaw Executive Producer
    Charlie Fawcett Editor
    Michelle Turkington Editor
    Miranda Jones Production Designer
    Richie Webb Composer
    Matt Katz Composer

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