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
  • 136 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 2

A pirate captain regrets stealing a herd of seasick cows, a Georgian sportsman invents a whole new way of boxing, King Charles II raps about his party lifestyle.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Plus, the Georgian army goes to war against a bunch of naughty schoolboys, Heraclitus tells the Grim Reaper of his untimely end in Stupid Deaths and Historical Hospital raises the Jolly Roger with a pirate theme.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 1st June 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 6th July 2010 4:35pm BBC1
Thursday 2nd December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Thursday 13th January 2011 4:30pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 11:05am CBBC
Wednesday 15th February 2012 11:25am CBBC
Friday 13th April 2012 11:55am CBBC
Monday 16th July 2012 10:00am CBBC
Friday 5th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Tuesday 16th October 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Tuesday 6th November 2012 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 13th January 2013 9:00am CBBC
Thursday 1st August 2013 10:30am CBBC
Friday 20th September 2013 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 20th April 2014 6:30pm CBBC
Sunday 27th April 2014 6:25pm CBBC
Thursday 18th August 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 20th January 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 8:50am CBBC
Thursday 12th September 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 2nd December 2019 10:50am CBBC
Monday 14th March 2022 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 27th March 2022 6:10pm CBBC
Friday 13th May 2022 10:35am CBBC
Friday 15th July 2022 5:30pm CBBC
Friday 10th February 2023 8:35am CBBC
Sunday 2nd April 2023 1:05pm CBBC
Saturday 22nd April 2023 11:00am CBBC
Thursday 19th October 2023 10:25am 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
Giles Terera Ensemble Actor
Katy Wix Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Greg Jenner Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Oriane Messina Writer
Joe Tucker Writer
Raphael Warner 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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