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.

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A Victorian teacher is confused by her pupils' bizarre names, the Romans run out of animals to execute, and Queen Victoria advertises her exercise DVD.

Further details

There's a monastic start to this week's episode of the comedy sketch show as 'Smashing Saxons' explores the unusual table manners of Saxon monks and reveals the grisly importance of geese, lamb and wasp eggs to the art of writing, in Write Like A Monk.

Vile Victorians looks at some of the bizarre names favoured by Victorians - step forward Minty Badger and Princess Cheese - while Queen Victoria's workout video promises instant results for those wishing to be as wide as they are tall.

Meera Syal tells the fairy-tale of the Ugly Duckling, explaining how royals were the only people allowed to eat swans, while Measly Middle Ages serves up details of the Earl of Warwick's extraordinary dinner party to celebrate his brother's ordination as archbishop. On the menu for that occasion were 104 oxen, 2,000 swine, 1,000 sheep and 13,000 puddings - with not a vegetable in sight.


This episode was moved to BBC2 to make way for the Wimbledon ladies semi-finals.

Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd July 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
Katy Wix Ensemble Actor
Lisa Devlin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Bertie Gilbert Ensemble Actor
Writing team
George Sawyer Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward 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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