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. 122 episodes (9 series), 2009 - 2021. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 4, Highlights Special is repeated tomorrow at 10:05am.

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

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
George Sawyer Writer
Mathew Baynton Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow 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

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