Series 1, Episode 3
Sketches detailing unusual uses for unearthed Egyptian mummies and Emperor Nero's cruel choice of candles are included in this week's edition.
An ad for Witchfinders Direct provides a comic portrayal of how women were accused of witchcraft during the 17th century, while a sketch on Charles I's execution in 1649 reveals that the monarch wore two shirts at the time of his death - as he did not want the weather to make him shiver, which the crowd could have mistaken for fear. And in Historical Wife Swap, problems arise when jovial Restoration family the Merrys swap with dour Puritan family the Miserables.
An Egyptian explains the mummy-making process in a witty song and the series also reveals the bizarre uses found for the mummies dug up from tombs in the 19th century.
The programme is rounded off with a selection of the Vicious Vikings' strange beliefs and details the Roman Emperor Nero's horrid human alternative to candles.
- Thursday 30th April 2009
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Jon Culshaw||Various (Voice)|
|Jess Robinson||Various (Voice)|
|Katy Wix||Ensemble Actor|
|Lisa Devlin||Ensemble Actor|
|Javone Prince||Ensemble Actor|
|John Eccleston||Rattus Rattus|
|Caroline Norris||Series Producer|
|Richard Bradley||Executive Producer|
|Kim Shillinglaw||Executive Producer|