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 10 is repeated today at 7pm.

Series 1, Episode 11

Queen Victoria learns her British comforts aren't very British, a Viking warrior won't stop talking in rhyme, and the contestants try to become executioners on Axe Factor.

Further details

A selection of monarchs and a plotting Stuart feature in this week's sketch-laden edition of Horrible Histories, filled with foul, funny and fascinating historical facts.

Delving back into Tudor times, Henry VIII opens his heart about his marriages in an ad for Oh Yea magazine and potential recruits face the chop as they audition to become an executioner in The Axe Factor.

The Ancient Greek origins of Draconian law are revealed in a sketch about Draco, the extremely austere Athenian ruler and law-maker, and the Vikings' love of creating verse to remember great battles is conveyed in rhyme. In addition, Guy Fawkes provides his personal safety tips for 5 November.

Finally, Bob Hale's report provides a rapid rundown of the rise and fall of the British Empire and Queen Victoria flexes her vocal chords to sing a rousing song about so-called "British things".


This episode was moved to BBC2 to make way for the Wimbledon tennis championship.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th June 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
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
George Sawyer Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
George Poles 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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