Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton
Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

  • TV sketch show
  • CBBC / BBC One
  • 2009 - 2022
  • 125 episodes (9 series)

Hit sketch show based on surprising facts from world history, inspired by the hit children's book series. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas and more.

Episode menu

Series 2, Episode 1

A prank-loving Emperor hosts a dinner party on Roman Come Dine With Me, the Durham Home Guard injure themselves while learning first aid, and the Viking rock band paint the town red... literally.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Shakespeare shows off the words he created in Historical Mastermind and some guests have trouble digesting their gargantuan 40-course meal in Roman Come Dine With Me, narrated by Dave Lamb.

Broadcast details

Monday 31st May 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 15th June 2010 4:35pm BBC1
Wednesday 1st December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Thursday 20th January 2011 4:30pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 10:35am CBBC
Monday 5th September 2011 4:30pm BBC1
Monday 12th September 2011 4:30pm BBC1
Wednesday 14th September 2011 6:15pm CBBC
Saturday 5th November 2011 3:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 10th April 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Friday 13th April 2012 11:25am CBBC
Saturday 14th July 2012 10:00am CBBC
Thursday 4th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Tuesday 9th October 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Monday 5th November 2012 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 6th January 2013 8:55am CBBC
Wednesday 31st July 2013 10:30am CBBC
Thursday 19th September 2013 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 27th April 2014 1:35pm CBBC
Thursday 5th November 2015 6:25pm CBBC
Friday 29th April 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 17th August 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 19th January 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Monday 3rd April 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 14th May 2017 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 21st May 2017 3:15pm CBBC
Monday 23rd October 2017 9:10am CBBC
Monday 14th May 2018 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 1st July 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Friday 11th January 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 30th April 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 1st July 2019 8:50am CBBC
Wednesday 11th September 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 5th November 2021 10:00am CBBC
Friday 5th November 2021 5:00pm CBBC
Friday 1st April 2022 8:25am CBBC
Thursday 12th May 2022 10:35am CBBC

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
Alice Lowe Ensemble Actor
Katy Wix Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Dave Lamb Come Dine With Me Narrator (Voice)
Writing team
Mathew Baynton Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Greg Jenner Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Caroline Norris Series Producer
Giles Pilbrow Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Alison Gregory Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Will Peverett Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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