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, Episode 3

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

Broadcast details

Wednesday 11th April 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 12th April 2012 7:45am CBBC
Friday 20th April 2012 10:55am CBBC
Saturday 21st April 2012 9:00am CBBC
Monday 7th May 2012 12:00pm CBBC
Monday 4th June 2012 11:55am CBBC
Wednesday 20th June 2012 8:20am CBBC
Thursday 2nd August 2012 10:05am CBBC
Sunday 2nd September 2012 2:00pm BBC HD
Sunday 9th September 2012 2:00pm BBC HD
Wednesday 19th September 2012 3:05pm BBC1
Tuesday 4th December 2012 7:45am CBBC
Wednesday 10th April 2013 1:20pm CBBC
Wednesday 30th October 2013 7:45am CBBC
Wednesday 1st October 2014 4:15pm CBBC
Sunday 19th October 2014 1:35pm CBBC
Saturday 20th December 2014 1:00pm CBBC
Sunday 13th December 2015 9:30am CBBC
Wednesday 8th June 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 3rd October 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 5th April 2017 8:30am CBBC
Wednesday 5th April 2017 2:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 10th May 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 14th June 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 10th January 2018 9:25am CBBC
Wednesday 10th January 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 18th April 2018 12:35pm CBBC
Wednesday 18th April 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 25th August 2018 8:30pm CBBC
Saturday 2nd February 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 12th June 2019 8:20am CBBC
Monday 22nd July 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 21st October 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 26th February 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Thursday 25th June 2020 9:50am CBBC
Saturday 5th September 2020 8:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 26th January 2021 10:10am CBBC
Wednesday 16th June 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Monday 14th March 2022 2:55pm CBBC
Sunday 8th May 2022 1:45pm CBBC
Tuesday 28th June 2022 10:45am CBBC
Monday 15th August 2022 9:55am CBBC
Wednesday 28th September 2022 11:35am CBBC
Tuesday 22nd November 2022 9:55am CBBC
Monday 16th January 2023 10:30am CBBC
Tuesday 12th 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
Jalaal Hartley Ensemble Actor
Katy Wix Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Writing team
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Joe Tucker Writer
Raphael Warner Writer
Ali Crockatt Writer
David Scott Writer
Charlie Martin 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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