Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton.

Horrible Histories

CBBC and BBC One sketch show based around history. 105 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

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Series 4

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton, Laurence Rickard, Jim Howick. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Monday 9th April 2012

Dick Whittington pitches a movie about his life, Stone Age technology geeks queue for hours at the unveiling of the Bronze Age and some German bomber pilots find an unfortunate use for a tourist guidebook to Britain.

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Horrible Histories. Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Tuesday 10th April 2012

Henry VIII appears on a TV show hoping to raise money from his antique abbeys, Charles Darwin sings about his theory of Natural Selection and a pirate captain aims to be Lord Sugar's next Historical Apprentice.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Ben Willbond, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Wednesday 11th April 2012

Queen Elizabeth I goes online dating, Greek philosopher Socrates foils his own rescue from prison and Emicho of the Rhineland goes crusading with some very unusual sat navs to lead the way.

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Horrible Histories. Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Thursday 12th April 2012

HHTV's war reporter Mike Peabody regrets his decision to cover the Norman Siege of Palermo, the Pilgrim Fathers rap about Jamestown in America and a German submarine captain has the worst toilet accident in history.

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Horrible Histories. Dominique Moore. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Friday 13th April 2012

Some Bronze Agers argue about building the world's first city, Bob Hale explains the entire history of the Renaissance, Mary Seacole sings about her Crimean hotel and William Shakespeare gets into a rap battle.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Jim Howick, Martha Howe-Douglas. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Friday 20th April 2012

A confused Christopher Columbus declares he has found India and a Georgian woman reveals her very Stupid Death. Also, Victoria and Albert attend the Great Exhibition, and Tsar Peter III brings a very weird case to the Court of Historical Law.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Mathew Baynton, Ben Willbond. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

7. Episode Seven

First broadcast: Friday 27th April 2012

Emperor Napoleon plays in a very unusual chess match, a Victorian inventor builds an anti-seasickness ship with one small design flaw, a snowball fight breaks out at a public execution, and the British army hires a dead tramp to defeat the Germans in WW2.

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8. Episode Eight

First broadcast: Friday 4th May 2012

Emperor Nero visits the victims of the Great Fire of Rome, some Crusaders attend a training course on how to fight weird monsters, and we meet the man with the best (and worst) job in Tudor England.

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9. Episode Nine

First broadcast: Friday 11th May 2012

King Edward III gets married on a building site, Julius Caesar reveals his not very secret tips on hiding baldness, we learn the tricks of the criminal trade on the Real Victorian Hustle, and we meet Renaissance Italy's most corrupt family - the Borgias.

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10. Episode Ten

First broadcast: Friday 18th May 2012

William the Conqueror has some trouble conquering the town of Ely; Greek philosopher Diogenes reveals his disgusting tactic for getting rid of people he doesn't like; a Saxon joins a modern dating agency, and there is a surprise in store for the people on Victorian Wife Swap.

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11. Episode Eleven

First broadcast: Friday 25th May 2012

Dr Culpeper invites us all to his highly unhealthy health spa, a Crusader knight competes on Historical Masterchef, King John worries about all the internet haters, and crooner William Shakespeare serenades us with his big band.

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12. Episode Twelve

First broadcast: Friday 1st June 2012

A Victorian woman books a ticket on a very odd railway, a modern patient is (mis)treated by a Roman dentist, Alfred the Great pitches a movie about his life, and a Greek geek competes on Historical Mastermind.

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Special: Musical Special

First broadcast: Monday 4th June 2012

In a special musical episode of the award winning Horrible Histories, host Rattus Rattus chooses his favourite songs from the fourth series to entertain his young nephew.

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Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Laurence Rickard, Jim Howick, Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Special: Sport Special

First broadcast: Friday 20th July 2012

Multi-award-winning comedy sketch show Horrible Histories returns with a special sports-themed episode, packed full of fascinating facts about some of the top sporting moments from the past.

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Death. Simon Farnaby. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

Highlights Special: Scary Special

First broadcast: Monday 29th October 2012

Horrible Histories favourite Death of 'Stupid Death' fame presents his very own show full of spooky highlights.

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