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
  • 125 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 9

The Stuarts are confused by the newly discovered drink tea, a Viking funeral ends in a massive fight, a child evacuated in the Blitz thinks farm animals are monsters, and some cowboys sing about life in the Wild West.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Nathaniel Martello-White, Ben Willbond, Laurence Rickard. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

This week opens with the "Slimy Stuarts" and looks at some of their bizarre cures in Historical Hospital. The history of how, in 1656, strange dried leaves were first introduced to hot water in the UK to make the first cuppa is also revealed.

HHTV Sports follows the sideline antics of a Viking family feud between the Olafons and the Battleaxes. A contestant from the Forties lines up to tell of his demise in Stupid Deaths and, continuing with the Woeful Second World War, a young city-based evacuee has a moo-ving and frightening encounter when he is placed at a farm.

The Incredible Incas display their unreliable messaging system and Bob Hale provides the low-down of the Incan Empire in 90 seconds.

Finally, Horrible Histories saddles up and heads to the "Awesome USA" for an advert on the many uses for a bandana and a toe-tapping medley about Cowboys.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 29th June 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 24th August 2010 4:35pm BBC1
Friday 10th December 2010 3:05pm BBC1
Wednesday 16th March 2011 4:00pm BBC1
Monday 30th May 2011 2:35pm CBBC
Tuesday 26th July 2011 10:05am CBBC
Thursday 22nd September 2011 7:45am CBBC
Tuesday 24th January 2012 6:15pm CBBC
Monday 2nd April 2012 11:55am CBBC
Friday 6th July 2012 8:20am CBBC
Friday 20th July 2012 10:00am CBBC
Tuesday 16th October 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Sunday 17th March 2013 9:00am CBBC
Monday 12th August 2013 10:30am CBBC
Tuesday 1st October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Tuesday 10th May 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 29th August 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 27th January 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 12th April 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 11th June 2017 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 18th June 2017 4:35pm CBBC
Saturday 9th December 2017 2:40pm CBBC
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 9:30am CBBC
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 28th July 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 16th May 2019 7:05pm CBBC
Thursday 11th July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 23rd September 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 24th May 2022 10:40am 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
Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Nathaniel Martello-White Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Mathew Baynton Writer
Colin Swash Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Greg Jenner Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow 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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