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. 106 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

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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

Date
Monday 5th September 2016
Time
5pm
Channel
CBBC
Length
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
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
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