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.

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Series 4 - Sport Special

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.

Further details

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

In this one-off special, the action includes Emperor Nero and Jesse Owens singing the history of the Olympics, in Flame! We're at the finish line to see Pheidippides run the first ever marathon; count down the top Marathon Cheats of all time and take a look back at some of our favourite Horrible Histories sporting events.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th July 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 21st July 2012 10:00am CBBC
Saturday 21st July 2012 3:35pm CBBC
Monday 23rd July 2012 8:30am CBBC
Friday 27th July 2012 9:00am CBBC
Friday 27th July 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Saturday 4th August 2012 11:45am BBC2
Sunday 9th December 2012 4:00pm BBC HD
Tuesday 6th August 2013 5:00pm CBBC
Friday 25th October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Friday 7th February 2014 8:00am CBBC
Saturday 8th February 2014 8:25am CBBC
Sunday 9th February 2014 6:30pm CBBC
Friday 21st March 2014 8:50am CBBC
Saturday 22nd March 2014 12:35pm CBBC
Thursday 12th June 2014 1:00pm CBBC
Saturday 19th July 2014 1:55pm CBBC
Sunday 9th August 2015 9:30am CBBC
Wednesday 22nd June 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 30th July 2016 5:35pm CBBC
Wednesday 19th October 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 19th April 2017 8:30am CBBC
Wednesday 19th April 2017 2:30pm CBBC
Monday 22nd May 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 27th June 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 25th January 2018 9:25am CBBC
Thursday 25th January 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 3rd May 2018 12:30pm CBBC
Thursday 3rd May 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 24th June 2018 11:20am CBBC
Tuesday 7th August 2018 9:05am CBBC
Tuesday 7th August 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 25th November 2018 11:25am CBBC
Monday 25th March 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 27th April 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Sunday 2nd June 2019 4:20pm CBBC
Tuesday 25th June 2019 4:30pm CBBC
Saturday 29th June 2019 5:15pm CBBC
Tuesday 6th August 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 14th September 2019 3:45pm CBBC
Friday 13th December 2019 10:55am CBBC
Thursday 12th March 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 10th February 2021 10:15am CBBC
Tuesday 6th July 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Sunday 5th September 2021 1:25pm CBBC
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 29th May 2022 1:10pm CBBC
Friday 8th July 2022 10:45am CBBC
Thursday 25th August 2022 10:05am CBBC
Sunday 25th September 2022 6:25pm CBBC
Monday 5th December 2022 10:00am CBBC
Friday 27th January 2023 10:30am CBBC
Friday 14th July 2023 6:25pm CBBC

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Mark Gatiss Movie Executive
Steve Pemberton Movie Executive
Reece Shearsmith Movie Executive
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
Rhashan Stone Ensemble Actor
Giles Terera Ensemble Actor
Dominique Moore Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Jason Lewis Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Colin Swash Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Mark Shillabeer Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Chloe Thomas Director
Caroline Norris Series Producer
Giles Pilbrow Producer
Imogen Cooper Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Alison Gregory Executive Producer
Nigel Williams Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Will Peverett Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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