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
  • 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.

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Series 4, Episode 2

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

Broadcast details

Tuesday 10th April 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 11th April 2012 7:45am CBBC
Saturday 14th April 2012 9:30am CBBC
Friday 20th April 2012 10:30am CBBC
Monday 7th May 2012 11:00am CBBC
Monday 4th June 2012 11:30am CBBC
Tuesday 19th June 2012 8:20am CBBC
Wednesday 1st August 2012 10:05am CBBC
Tuesday 18th September 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Monday 3rd December 2012 7:45am CBBC
Tuesday 9th April 2013 1:20pm CBBC
Sunday 8th September 2013 9:00am CBBC
Tuesday 29th October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Tuesday 30th September 2014 4:15pm CBBC
Saturday 20th December 2014 12:30pm CBBC
Sunday 6th December 2015 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 28th February 2016 12:10pm CBBC
Tuesday 7th June 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 29th September 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 4th April 2017 8:30am CBBC
Tuesday 4th April 2017 2:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 9th May 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th June 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 9th January 2018 9:25am CBBC
Tuesday 9th January 2018 7:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 17th April 2018 12:35pm CBBC
Tuesday 17th April 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 20th August 2018 7:30pm CBBC
Saturday 26th January 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Monday 4th March 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 11th June 2019 8:20am CBBC
Friday 19th July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 18th October 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 14th February 2020 7:15pm CBBC
Tuesday 25th February 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Wednesday 24th June 2020 9:50am CBBC
Saturday 29th August 2020 8:30pm CBBC
Monday 25th January 2021 10:15am CBBC
Tuesday 15th June 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Sunday 2nd January 2022 6:55pm CBBC
Friday 11th March 2022 2:50pm CBBC
Sunday 8th May 2022 1:15pm CBBC
Monday 27th June 2022 10:45am CBBC
Friday 12th August 2022 10:05am CBBC
Tuesday 27th September 2022 11:35am CBBC
Monday 21st November 2022 9:55am CBBC
Friday 13th January 2023 10:25am CBBC
Thursday 30th March 2023 6:00pm CBBC
Monday 11th 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
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
Jessica Ransom Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Chris Addison Georgian Merchant
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
George Sawyer Writer
Ali Crockatt Writer
David Scott 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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