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 8, Episode 5 is repeated today at 9:20am.

Series 1, Episode 7

The Houses of Parliament smell of poo, Cinderella struggles with the Blitz, and Helen of Troy reveals her complicated love life.

Further details

A bevy of bygone beauty and teenage love tips feature in this week's edition of the comedy sketch series. An advert for Oh Yea! magazine reveals the Tudors' tantalising beauty routines, in which Elizabeth I enjoyed four baths a year, and St Catherine Of Sienna divulges her rather unpalatable diet of pus and water. Helen of Troy's amorous exploits are imagined as a photo love story and the programme follows the Second World War alternative to stockings using gravy and eye-liner.

A Tudor doctor takes the helm in Historical Hospital; three knights romp through the rules of chivalry in song; and this week's Fairy Tale is Cinderella - the Second World War version. That Was Entertainment takes a look at entertainment from days gone by and features Jousting On Ice - the medieval pastime played by peasants when the Thames was frozen. Finally, Victorian parliamentarians put their noses together to sniff out a solution to the Big Stink of 1858.

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th May 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
Katy Wix Ensemble Actor
Javone Prince Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Steve Punt Various
Writing team
Jon Holmes Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Toby Davies Writer
Chris Pell Writer
Susie Donkin 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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