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
  • 140 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 5, Episode 4

Horrible Histories. Simon Farnaby. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television
We meet the rather eccentric Georgian philosopher Jeremy Bentham, super-rich Roman politician Crassus raps about his blinging lifestyle, some unusual soldiers are recruited into the Second World War, and Johannes Gutenberg goes head-to-head with some monks on The Historical Apprentice.

Broadcast details

Thursday 30th May 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 31st May 2013 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 23rd June 2013 8:55am CBBC
Saturday 24th August 2013 3:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 20th November 2013 7:45am CBBC
Saturday 4th October 2014 4:00pm CBBC
Sunday 8th March 2015 1:30pm CBBC
Monday 27th April 2015 5:00pm CBBC
Sunday 8th May 2016 12:45pm CBBC
Tuesday 28th June 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 26th October 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 9th March 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 1st June 2017 9:40am CBBC
Thursday 1st June 2017 2:35pm CBBC
Monday 3rd July 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 12th October 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 1st February 2018 9:25am CBBC
Thursday 1st February 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 14th June 2018 9:30am CBBC
Thursday 14th June 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 30th November 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 8:50am CBBC
Sunday 14th July 2019 11:20am CBBC
Thursday 18th July 2019 10:50am CBBC
Monday 18th November 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 2nd December 2019 12:25pm CBBC
Thursday 14th May 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 6th November 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 28th November 2020 12:25pm CBBC
Saturday 28th November 2020 5:25pm CBBC
Wednesday 17th February 2021 10:00am CBBC
Monday 15th March 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Thursday 15th July 2021 6:45pm CBBC
Monday 16th August 2021 10:20am CBBC
Saturday 18th September 2021 5:05pm CBBC
Thursday 24th February 2022 10:40am CBBC
Sunday 5th June 2022 1:35pm CBBC
Tuesday 28th June 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Friday 2nd September 2022 10:05am CBBC
Sunday 25th September 2022 2:25pm CBBC
Monday 12th December 2022 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 8th January 2023 12:55pm CBBC
Friday 3rd February 2023 10:30am CBBC
Thursday 6th April 2023 10:30am CBBC
Friday 9th June 2023 10:25am CBBC
Thursday 7th September 2023 8:30am CBBC
Thursday 29th February 2024 8:35am 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)
Giles Terera Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Steve Punt Various
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow 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
Peter Oliver Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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