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. 105 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 4, Episode 4 is repeated tomorrow at 7pm.

Crooked King John And The Magna Carta

Featuring Ben Miller in the title role, Horrible Histories looks at the life and reign of King John (1166-1216).

Further details

Horrible Histories. King John (Ben Miller). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

King John was one of the most rotten rulers of the lot, whose life was dominated by fights with English noblemen. This episode will explore what was happening in the world during King John's life, such as the rise of Genghis Khan, and the Crusades as well as looking at the King himself, as he went from problem child to angry adult and how, just a year before his rotten death, he signed the Magna Carta in 1215 - the greatest thing to come out of his reign and a document that still affects our lives today.

Broadcast details

Saturday 7th February 2015
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jim Howick Various
    Simon Farnaby Various
    Tom Stourton Various
    Adam Riches Various
    Naz Osmanoglu Various
    Jalaal Hartley Various
    Jessica Ransom Various
    Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
    Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
    Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Guest cast
    Ben Miller King John
    Jason Lewis Ensemble Actor
    Dan Li Ensemble Actor
    Writing team
    George Sawyer Writer
    Benjamin Partridge Writer
    Daniel Peak Writer
    Steve Punt Writer
    Lucy Clarke Writer
    Dave Cohen Writer
    Ben Ward Writer
    Gerard Foster Writer
    Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier) Writer (Additional Material)
    Ben Ward Script Editor
    George Sawyer Script Editor
    Production team
    Simon Gibney Director
    Ian Curtis Director
    Tom Miller Series Producer
    Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
    Bill Hobbins Executive Producer
    Richard Bradley Executive Producer
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Will Peverett Editor
    Miranda Jones Production Designer
    Richie Webb Composer
    Tim Searle Animation


    Magna Carta song

    King John explains The Magna Carta... via a song.

    Featuring: Ben Miller (King John), Tom Stourton, Adam Riches, Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Lawry Lewin.


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