2016 Specials - Staggering Storytellers
As part of the BBC's #Lovetoread campaign, the award-winning Horrible Histories returns.
In its own distinctive and irreverently accurate style, the episode takes a look at some of literature's greatest works and history's wackiest writers, from Stone Age times, right up present day. We learn how a party at Lord Byron's house led to the writing of the Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein, and how Charles Dickens was the Harry Styles of his day. We meet The Bronte Sisters trying to get a book deal, and Roald Dahl enters the Great British Bake Off with a worm cake.
Spanning 3,000 years of recorded history, we take a look at the funny and ridiculous ways some of our finest writers cured their writing block - did you know Tennyson used to pretend to go the loo as a party trick? Or that DH Lawrence would climb mulberry trees in the nude to stimulate his imagination? And there's a celebration of brilliant female writers, with Malorie Blackman, Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson and Beatrix Potter getting on down, Little Mix stylie.
Plus, of course, our trusty host Rattus to guide the way.
- Monday 11th July 2016
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Jon Culshaw||Various (Voice)|
|Louise Ford||Ensemble Actor|
|Dominique Moore||Ensemble Actor|
|John Eccleston||Rattus Rattus|
|Mel Giedroyc||Bake Off Narrator (Voice)|
|Daniel Lawrence Taylor (as Daniel Taylor)||Ensemble Actor|
|Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier)||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Ben Ward||Script Editor|
|George Sawyer||Script Editor|
|Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak)||Script Editor|
|Tom Miller||Series Producer|
|Melissa Hardinge||Executive Producer|
|Richard Bradley||Executive Producer|
|Simon Welton||Executive Producer|
Horrible Histories parody Little Mix's Black Magic in the Staggering Storytellers special. This song features Beatrix Potter, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson and Enid Blyton. The Staggering Storytellers special is on CBBC on Monday 11th July at 5pm. Guide
Jacqueline Wilson reacts to seeing a version of herself in the Horrible Histories Staggering Storytellers song.
Featuring: Jacqueline Wilson.