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

Horrible Histories

  • TV sketch show
  • CBBC / BBC One
  • 2009 - 2024
  • 136 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 4, Episode 1

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.

Further details

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

Today's episode includes special guest appearances from the League Of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton, and Miranda star Sarah Hadland.

Broadcast details

Monday 9th April 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 14th April 2012 9:00am CBBC
Friday 20th April 2012 10:00am CBBC
Monday 7th May 2012 10:30am CBBC
Saturday 19th May 2012 2:00pm BBC HD
Monday 4th June 2012 11:00am CBBC
Monday 18th June 2012 8:20am CBBC
Tuesday 31st July 2012 10:05am CBBC
Sunday 19th August 2012 2:10pm BBC HD
Monday 17th September 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Friday 30th November 2012 7:45am CBBC
Friday 22nd February 2013 12:55pm CBBC
Monday 8th April 2013 1:20pm CBBC
Sunday 1st September 2013 9:00am CBBC
Monday 28th October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Monday 29th September 2014 4:15pm CBBC
Sunday 12th October 2014 1:30pm CBBC
Sunday 2nd November 2014 1:30pm CBBC
Saturday 20th December 2014 12:00pm CBBC
Thursday 28th May 2015 9:40am CBBC
Thursday 28th May 2015 1:45pm CBBC
Sunday 21st February 2016 12:10pm CBBC
Sunday 27th March 2016 12:35pm CBBC
Monday 6th June 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 28th September 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 3rd April 2017 8:30am CBBC
Monday 3rd April 2017 2:00pm CBBC
Friday 5th May 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 8th May 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 12th June 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 8th January 2018 9:25am CBBC
Monday 8th January 2018 7:30pm CBBC
Monday 16th April 2018 12:35pm CBBC
Monday 16th April 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 19th August 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Saturday 12th January 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Thursday 28th February 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 10th June 2019 8:20am CBBC
Thursday 18th July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 17th October 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 24th February 2020 6:55pm CBBC
Tuesday 23rd June 2020 9:50am CBBC
Saturday 22nd August 2020 8:30pm CBBC
Thursday 21st January 2021 10:15am CBBC
Monday 14th June 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Sunday 2nd January 2022 6:25pm CBBC
Thursday 10th March 2022 2:55pm CBBC
Sunday 1st May 2022 2:10pm CBBC
Friday 24th June 2022 10:45am CBBC
Thursday 11th August 2022 10:05am CBBC
Monday 26th September 2022 11:35am CBBC
Friday 18th November 2022 10:00am CBBC
Thursday 12th January 2023 10:25am CBBC
Friday 24th March 2023 5:30pm CBBC
Friday 21st July 2023 8:35am CBBC
Thursday 7th December 2023 10:30am CBBC

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Sarah Hadland Various
Mark Gatiss Movie Executive
Steve Pemberton Movie Executive
Reece Shearsmith Movie Executive
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
Katherine Jakeways Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Susie Donkin Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Joe Tucker Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Caroline Norris Series Producer
Giles Pilbrow Producer
Imogen Cooper Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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