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

Horrible Histories

CBBC and BBC One sketch show based on historical fact. 111 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 7, Episode 12 is repeated today at 11:55am.

Series 5, Episode 5

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick, Mathew Baynton. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.
Famous monk St Augustine struggles to introduce Christianity to Saxon England, Stuart diarist Samuel Pepys annoys the smartest men in Britain, we witness a daring escape from the Tower of London, and we find that Joan of Arc's story is quite an unusual one for a teenage girl.

Broadcast details

Friday 31st May 2013
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 5th December 2020 at 12:25pm on CBBC
  2. Saturday 5th December 2020 at 5:20pm on CBBC

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Ben Willbond Various
Mathew Baynton Various
Martha Howe-Douglas Various
Laurence Rickard Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
Alice Lowe Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Molly Conlin Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
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

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