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 7, Episode 12 is repeated today at 11:55am.

Horrible Christmas

Farting jesters, Christmas cards full of bacon, and having the festive meal confiscated by Oliver Cromwell... welcome to Christmas, Horrible Histories style.

Further details

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

Christmas is a time for charity, hope, and goodwill to all men... or if it's the Horrible Histories Christmas Special it's a time for farting jesters, Christmas cards full of bacon, and having the festive meal confiscated by Oliver Cromwell.

This one-off Christmas Special dives headlong into showcasing bizarre Yuletide absurdities over the centuries with the programme's unique blend of sketches, pastiches and song.

Find out how William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day 1066, but when the congregation cheered his soldiers thought it was a riot and burned down Westminster Abbey.

Gasp at the tale of King Henry II's famous medieval jester, Roland the Farter, the man whose sole job was to fart on Christmas Day.

And learn how Victorian Christmas cards could be really weird. Some included a slice of bacon, an extracted tooth, a luggage label or even a dead mouse.

Horrible Histories Christmas Special reveals all this and more in a foul festive treat - the smelliest, silliest, goriest stories about everyone's favourite time of year.

Broadcast details

Friday 17th December 2010
30 minutes


  1. Monday 7th December 2020 at 5:30pm on CBBC
  2. Monday 7th December 2020 at 7:30pm on CBBC

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Alice Lowe Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
David Baddiel Vincenzo Larfoff
Writing team
Jon Holmes Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Chloe Thomas Director
Caroline Norris Series Producer
Giles Pilbrow Producer
Imogen Cooper Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Alison Gregory Executive Producer

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