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

2014 Specials - Ridiculous Romance

Mixing brand new and previous favourite sketches, we discover what pulled the heartstrings of some of the most famous lovers of days gone by (and the sometimes not-so-lucky objects of their affection).

Further details

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

We find out what happens when Henry VIII takes part in TV show Dating In Darkness and meets latest love Anne of Cleves, discover the problems encountered by Queen Elizabeth I's portrait artist, and are treated to romantic musical interludes from The Love Rats Club, plus Queen Victoria as she duets with Prince Albert.

We also say hello to Rattus Rattus's brand-new girlfriend Ratalie, who Rattus Rattus is hoping will be impressed by a romantic dinner of 'cockroach in jus de rubbish bag'...

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

Broadcast details

Friday 14th February 2014
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 16th February 2014 9:00am CBBC
Saturday 14th February 2015 3:55pm CBBC
Sunday 14th February 2016 4:00pm CBBC
Sunday 10th July 2016 1:20pm CBBC
Sunday 24th July 2016 1:15pm CBBC
Thursday 23rd March 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 14th July 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 25th October 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 9th April 2018 1:50pm CBBC
Monday 9th April 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 25th April 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 23rd May 2019 11:15am CBBC
Friday 19th July 2019 11:50am CBBC
Sunday 22nd September 2019 11:25am CBBC
Monday 2nd December 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 14th February 2020 6:45pm CBBC
Friday 29th May 2020 6:55pm CBBC
Monday 23rd November 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Saturday 6th February 2021 12:25pm CBBC
Saturday 6th February 2021 5:25pm CBBC
Friday 19th March 2021 10:10am CBBC
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Friday 27th August 2021 9:55am CBBC
Sunday 26th June 2022 1:35pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th September 2022 11:35am CBBC
Sunday 6th November 2022 1:30pm CBBC
Sunday 12th February 2023 12:25pm CBBC
Wednesday 19th April 2023 10:25am CBBC
Thursday 22nd June 2023 10:30am CBBC
Wednesday 20th September 2023 8:30am 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)
Jessica Ransom Ensemble Actor
Alice Lowe Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Joe Tucker Writer
Raphael Warner Writer
Rosanna Lowe Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Caroline Norris Series Producer
Giles Pilbrow Producer
Imogen Cooper Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Alison Gregory Executive Producer
Peter Oliver Editor
Nigel Williams Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Will Peverett Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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