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. 111 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 7, Highlights Special is repeated today at 7:10pm.

Series 1, Episode 8

The Saxons exchange disgusting Christmas presents, a caveman goes on a TV cookery show and we discover the bizarre causes of the First World War.

Further details

A caveman appears on the historical cookery show Ready, Steady, Feast to discuss stone-age delicacies, and viewers are given a taste of the various ingredients used by Georgian dentists to create dentures - including clay, walrus or hippo tusks or human teeth collected from dead soldiers at the battle of Waterloo.

The programme also reveals how animal droppings were put to good use in Saxon times - cow pats made plates, pig poo plastered walls and chicken "number twos" were used to cure animal hides to make into clothes.

Horrible Histories also reveals some of the unusual objects dropped by First World War fighter pilots from their planes.

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th June 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)
Lisa Devlin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Greg Jenner Writer
Simon Littlefield Writer
Susie Donkin 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

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