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 2

A stone-age doctor tries to help a modern patient, a whining Pharaoh invents the pyramid, and Henry VIII meets his dead friends.

Further details

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 23rd 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
Giles Terera Ensemble Actor
Lisa Devlin Ensemble Actor
Javone Prince Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
George Sawyer Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Marc Blakewill Writer
James Harris 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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