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 8 is repeated today at 8:30pm.

Horrible Histories. Sir Christopher Wren (Robert Webb). Copyright: Lion Television.

2016 Specials - The Grisly Great Fire Of London

For the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Horrible Histories returns for a one-off special looking at the disaster and the events that surrounded it.

Further details

On the night of September 2nd, a spark from a baker's oven in Pudding Lane ignited a fire that roared through the tightly packed streets of London, tearing up the timber framed houses and destroying up to a third of the city.

In true Horrible Histories fashion, this special episode explores London and Britain before the fire, full of plague and party in the raucous Restoration atmosphere personified by King Charles II. We see how London's Mayor preferred to stay in bed during the fire because been partying the night before, and how Samuel Pepys rushed to bury his parmesan cheese for safety.

We meet Christopher Wren, astronomer and self-styled architect. We see how his new St Paul's, that rose phoenix-like from the ashes, was a physical manifestation of the ideas of the age. We take a look at Isaac Newton and the Royal Society with their wonderfully crazy and gruesome experiments!

And, of course, our trusty sewer dweller Rattus to guide the way! Guest starring Robert Webb.

Broadcast details

Monday 5th September 2016
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Tom Stourton Various
    Jalaal Hartley Various
    Natalie Walter Various
    Richard David-Caine Various
    Gemma Whelan Various
    Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
    Jessica Ransom Ensemble Actor
    Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
    Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Guest cast
    Richard Atwill Various
    Thom Tuck Various
    Robert Webb Sir Christopher Wren
    Mel Giedroyc Hannah Woolley
    Mel Giedroyc Bake Off Narrator (Voice)
    Daniel Lawrence Taylor Ensemble Actor
    Writing team
    Daniel Peak Writer
    Steve Punt Writer
    Dave Cohen Writer
    Ben Ward Writer
    Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier) Writer (Additional Material)
    Ben Ward Script Editor
    George Sawyer Script Editor
    Joe Tucker Writer
    Raphael Warner Writer
    Sarah Morgan Writer
    Danielle Ward Writer
    Daniel Peak (as Danny Peak) Script Editor
    Production team
    Steve Connelly Director
    Adam Jenkins 1st Assistant Director
    Tom Miller Series Producer
    Lisa Mitchell Producer
    Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
    Richard Bradley Executive Producer
    Simon Welton Executive Producer
    Gareth Heal Editor
    Tracey Gillham Casting Director
    Pete Rowe Director of Photography
    Vicky Voller Make-up Designer
    Richie Webb Composer
    Alison Jeffery Production Designer
    Lucy Williams Costume Designer

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