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 - 2024
  • 140 episodes (10 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 12

Ug and Grunt show us how to paint like a caveman, some silly WW2 codebreakers forget their own code, and Henry VIII challenges the King of France to a wrestlemania-style showdown!

Further details

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Crazy cave men, terrible Tudors and an all-singing, all-dancing Incan Emperor reveal their horrible and hilarious histories, in the penultimate episode.

A crime scene investigation in the savage Stone Age throws up some very interesting cavemen traditions, including the firing of 17 arrows into the chest of a dead person as a mark of respect and slicing their heads open to remove their brains!

Meanwhile, code breakers in the woeful Second World War struggle to work out their own codes and show off some rather nifty inventions, such as bombs disguised as animal poo.

Terrible Tudor Henry VIII challenges the King of France to a wrestlemania-style showdown, only to face the shame of being beaten when the handsome Frenchman trips him up.

Rounding off the show, a witty ditty details the terrible deeds committed by the Incan Emperor Pachacuti.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 20th July 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 17th September 2010 4:30pm BBC1
Wednesday 15th December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 4:05pm CBBC
Tuesday 27th September 2011 7:45am CBBC
Wednesday 5th October 2011 6:20pm CBBC
Sunday 15th January 2012 1:25pm CBBC
Friday 6th April 2012 10:30am CBBC
Monday 16th April 2012 12:20pm CBBC
Monday 23rd July 2012 10:10am CBBC
Friday 19th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Monday 12th November 2012 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 7th April 2013 9:00am CBBC
Thursday 15th August 2013 10:30am CBBC
Friday 4th October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Friday 13th May 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 1st September 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 17th April 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 25th June 2017 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 21st January 2018 8:30am CBBC
Sunday 21st January 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 5th June 2018 9:30am CBBC
Tuesday 5th June 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 12th August 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Monday 28th January 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 23rd May 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 16th July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 26th September 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 27th May 2022 10:40am CBBC
Friday 17th November 2023 10:30am 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
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
George Sawyer Writer
Mathew Baynton Writer
Joe Tucker Writer
Raphael Warner Writer
Ben Willbond Writer
Susie Donkin 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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