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. 111 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 6, Episode 2 is repeated today at 6:45pm.

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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