Series 1, Episode 5
Strange Egyptian beauty secrets, a Saxon musical instrument made from pigs and details about William the Conqueror's shambolic funeral form a selection of the fascinating and funny facts featured in this week's edition of the historical comedy sketch series.
Adverts for Pharaoh Fashion magazine and Mouse Fresh Max show how Egyptians stayed up to date by wearing wax cones in their hair and sheep wool wigs and how they kept their breath fresh by putting half a hot dead mouse in their mouths.
Bob Hale romps through the origins of man in two minutes in the Stone Age Report and the series imagines a dinner party between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.
Meera Syal reads the Saxon version of Goldilocks And The Three Bears and Saxon King Ethelred the Unready reveals some of the ordeals he created to detect if a person is guilty, including ordeal by cake.
A Georgian doctor reports for duty in Historical Hospital, prescribing an unpalatable cure consisting of urine, ground woodlice, sugar and nutmeg.
- Thursday 14th May 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|
|Miranda Jones||Production Designer|