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
  • 122 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 10

King Charles I sends someone else to get married for him, a new recruit regrets joining the Georgian Army, and Queen Cleopatra reveals her weird beauty secrets.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Martha Howe-Douglas. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Queen Boudicca and Cleopatra are among the latest celebrated figures of days gone by to be comically portrayed in this highly acclaimed sketch show.

A news report from 1066 uses the Bayeux Tapestry to depict the latest action from the battlefield; shouty man extols the virtues of a Victorian maid; and Vincenzo Larfoff, played by David Baddiel, spins a scary story from the Victorian era with a rather mundane ending. A cut-throat Celt gets a fashion makeover in Historical Fashion Fix; and Queen Boudicca sings a rousing rock anthem about her reign.

The series nips back to Georgian times in HHTV Sport to witness a pinching match. And Cleopatra runs through her beauty routine, which includes bathing in asses milk, sporting poisonous black lead around her eyes and wearing a fake beard.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 6th July 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 31st August 2010 4:05pm BBC1
Monday 13th December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Thursday 17th March 2011 4:00pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 3:05pm CBBC
Wednesday 21st September 2011 6:15pm CBBC
Friday 23rd September 2011 7:45am CBBC
Monday 30th January 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Monday 2nd April 2012 12:25pm CBBC
Monday 16th April 2012 11:25am CBBC
Wednesday 17th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Sunday 31st March 2013 9:00am CBBC
Tuesday 16th April 2013 5:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th August 2013 10:30am CBBC
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Wednesday 11th May 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 30th August 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 13th April 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 18th June 2017 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 25th June 2017 2:45pm CBBC
Thursday 24th May 2018 9:30am CBBC
Thursday 24th May 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 29th July 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Thursday 24th January 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 17th May 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 12th July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 24th September 2019 7:00pm CBBC

Cast & crew

Jim Howick 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
Giles Terera Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
David Baddiel Vincenzo Larfoff
Writing team
Mathew Baynton Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Ben Willbond 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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