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 - 2022
  • 122 episodes (9 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 8

Some Vikings attack a monastery but can't remember why, a peasant gets a posh makeover on Georgian Fashion Fix, Crimewatch BC tries to solve the murder of Julius Caesar... and prepare to be confused by the Egyptian hieroglyphics song.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Familiar favourites this week include Sir Arthur Aston's Stupid Death and another spine-tingling tale from Vincenzo Larfoff.

The Vicious Vikings get a lesson in applying war paint and the monks at Lindisfarne get a nasty surprise. There is a deadly lesson in Tudor football and the snappy hieroglyphics song attempts to explain the confusing Egyptian symbols.

The Georgian era features a lesson in communicating with their most up-to-date mobile technology - a fan; and Historical Fashion Fix gives a Georgian peasant an aristocratic makeover. Finally, Crimewatch BC investigates the death of Julius Caesar.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 22nd June 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 17th August 2010 4:35pm BBC1
Sunday 5th December 2010 9:30am BBC2
Thursday 9th December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 2:05pm CBBC
Wednesday 21st September 2011 7:45am CBBC
Monday 23rd January 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Monday 2nd April 2012 11:25am CBBC
Friday 13th April 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Thursday 5th July 2012 8:20am CBBC
Thursday 19th July 2012 10:00am CBBC
Monday 15th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Sunday 10th March 2013 9:00am CBBC
Friday 9th August 2013 10:30am CBBC
Monday 30th September 2013 7:45am CBBC
Monday 9th May 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 11th April 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 11th June 2017 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 11th June 2017 5:35pm CBBC
Saturday 17th June 2017 5:10pm CBBC
Saturday 2nd December 2017 2:40pm CBBC
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 9:30am CBBC
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 22nd July 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Friday 8th February 2019 12:55pm CBBC
Tuesday 14th May 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 10th July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 20th September 2019 7:00pm 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
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
David Baddiel Vincenzo Larfoff
Sarah Hadland Various (Voice)
Writing team
George Sawyer Writer
Mathew Baynton Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Toby Davies Writer
Chris Pell Writer
Mark Shillabeer 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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