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
  • 139 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 4

Britain's greatest sailor, Admiral Nelson, turns out to be horribly seasick, two doctors from the Middle Ages argue over how to treat a patient, the programme discovers the many uses for an Incan llama, and the World War Two Girls sing about Girl Power on the Home Front.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Martha Howe-Douglas. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Alexei Sayle guest stars as a healer in a Historical Hospital sketch on the Crusades, while a Second World War girl band sing about girl power in the Forties.

Broadcast details

Thursday 3rd June 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 20th July 2010 4:35pm BBC1
Monday 6th December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Monday 14th March 2011 4:00pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 12:05pm CBBC
Tuesday 17th January 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Monday 16th April 2012 10:00am CBBC
Tuesday 17th July 2012 10:00am CBBC
Tuesday 9th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Tuesday 30th October 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Thursday 8th November 2012 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 27th January 2013 9:00am CBBC
Monday 5th August 2013 10:30am CBBC
Tuesday 24th September 2013 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 4th May 2014 6:25pm CBBC
Tuesday 3rd May 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 22nd August 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 23rd January 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 5th April 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 21st May 2017 10:00am CBBC
Wednesday 25th October 2017 9:10am CBBC
Wednesday 16th May 2018 9:30am CBBC
Wednesday 16th May 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 8th July 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 16th January 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 3rd May 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 4th July 2019 8:50am CBBC
Monday 16th September 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 10th April 2022 6:15pm CBBC
Tuesday 17th May 2022 10:40am CBBC
Friday 12th August 2022 5:30pm CBBC
Sunday 9th April 2023 12:45pm CBBC
Saturday 13th May 2023 11:00am CBBC

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Sarah Hadland 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
Guest cast
David Baddiel Vincenzo Larfoff
Alexei Sayle Dr Usmah
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Greg Jenner Writer
Mathew Baynton Writer
Ben Willbond 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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