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Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

  • TV sketch show
  • CBBC / BBC One
  • 2009 - 2024
  • 139 episodes (10 series)

Hit sketch show based on surprising facts from world history, inspired by the hit children's book series. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas and more.


Episode menu

Series 3, Episode 1

Today's show features an annoying French prankster from the Middle Ages, and more.

Further details

Horrible Histories. Jim Howick. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television

Witness bizarre Aztec food on Historical Masterchef, see how not to impress a woman in Victorian times and discover what happened when Queen Elizabeth I's toilets were cleaned.

Dick Turpin hits the high notes as the life of the highwayman is sung in the style of Adam Ant, and a song from the First World War extols the virtues of fat.

Broadcast details

Monday 30th May 2011
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
Alice Lowe Ensemble Actor
Rhashan Stone Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Colin Swash Writer
Rosanna Lowe Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Caroline Norris Series Producer
Giles Pilbrow Producer
Imogen Cooper Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Alison Gregory Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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