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. 105 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

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Series 2 - Savage Songs

A compilation of the songs from the series, featuring Spartan High School Musical, the Viking Rock Band, punky Queen Boudica, Incan emperor Pachacuti, the posh rapping of Charles II, Blackbeard the Pirate, George IV going solo, the Victorian Inventions song, and the World War Two Girls.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Ben Willbond, Jim Howick, Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Horrible Histories' ratty host is throwing his own disco, featuring all of the hilarious comedy songs from the series, plus the rousing tune Born To Rule from the first series.

The Savage Songs Special features punky Celt Boudicca, Spartan School Musical, a pop-tastic number all about how Spartan boys became warriors; and the Vikings contribute a rock-filled song about their invasion of England.

Incan emperor Pachacuti entertains with his cheesy pop song all about his tribe's scary habits (like drinking from the skulls of their dead enemies and using their arms for flutes); posh Charles II channels his inner Eminem to rap all about how he's the original merry monarch; and Blackbeard the Pirate tunefully explains his scurrilous ways.

Georgian George finally gets to go solo; the Cowboys tell all about the reality of life in the saddle; there's the educational Victorian inventions song; and some original girl power from the Second World War ladies. Finally, the four King Georges form the ultimate boy band with their performance of Born To Rule.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 27th 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
    Katy Wix Ensemble Actor
    Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Guest cast
    Nathaniel Martello-White Ensemble Actor
    Writing team
    Mathew Baynton Writer
    Dave Cohen Writer
    Laurence Rickard 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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