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 6, Episode 3 is repeated today at 11:25am.

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Jessica Ransom, Gemma Whelan, Natalie Walter. Copyright: Lion Television / BBC.

2016 Specials - Staggering Storytellers

As part of the BBC's #Lovetoread campaign, the award-winning Horrible Histories returns to look at some of literature's greatest works and history's wackiest writers.

Further details

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.

Broadcast details

Monday 11th July 2016
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Tom Stourton Various
    Jalaal Hartley Various
    Jessica Ransom Various
    Natalie Walter Various
    Richard David-Caine Various
    Gemma Whelan Various
    Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
    Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
    Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Guest cast
    Richard Atwill Various
    Thom Tuck Various
    Mel Giedroyc Publisher
    Mel Giedroyc Bake Off Narrator (Voice)
    Daniel Lawrence Taylor (as Daniel Taylor) Ensemble Actor
    Writing team
    Benjamin Partridge Writer
    Daniel Peak 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
    Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak) Script Editor
    Production team
    Steve Connelly Director
    Tom Miller Series Producer
    Lisa Mitchell Producer
    Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
    Richard Bradley Executive Producer
    Simon Welton Executive Producer
    Gareth Heal Editor
    Richie Webb Composer
    Alison Jeffery Production Designer


    Staggering Storytellers song

    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

    Featuring: Jessica Ransom, Louise Ford, Dominique Moore, Thom Tuck, Gemma Whelan.

    Jacqueline Wilson reacts to the Horrible Histories song

    Jacqueline Wilson reacts to seeing a version of herself in the Horrible Histories Staggering Storytellers song.

    Featuring: Jacqueline Wilson.


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