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 5, Episode 6

Special guest stars Al Murray and The League Of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton join the Horrible Histories cast today for more fascinating facts, mirthful music and gruesome gags.

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

In today's episode, Queen Victoria's coronation doesn't go quite as planned, George IV pulls out all the stops to impress his guests on Historical Come Dine With Me, ancient Greek bighead Alexander the Great refuses to stop conquering things, and the HH Sport team report live from the horrible pirate races.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 4th June 2013
30 minutes


  1. Friday 1st March 2024 at 8:35am on CBBC

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 7th July 2013 8:55am CBBC
Saturday 24th August 2013 4:25pm CBBC
Friday 22nd November 2013 7:45am CBBC
Sunday 5th October 2014 2:05pm CBBC
Sunday 22nd March 2015 1:30pm CBBC
Sunday 22nd May 2016 12:45pm CBBC
Thursday 30th June 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 8th October 2016 8:00pm CBBC
Monday 31st October 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 13th March 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 5th July 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 16th October 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 11th April 2018 1:50pm CBBC
Monday 18th June 2018 9:30am CBBC
Thursday 4th April 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 12:35pm CBBC
Thursday 18th July 2019 11:50am CBBC
Sunday 28th July 2019 11:20am CBBC
Wednesday 20th November 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 19th May 2020 6:55pm CBBC
Wednesday 11th November 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 12th December 2020 1:10pm CBBC
Saturday 12th December 2020 5:15pm CBBC
Sunday 3rd January 2021 4:50pm CBBC
Friday 19th February 2021 9:55am CBBC
Tuesday 16th March 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Monday 19th July 2021 6:45pm CBBC
Wednesday 18th August 2021 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 5th June 2022 2:05pm CBBC
Wednesday 29th June 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Sunday 2nd October 2022 1:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th December 2022 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 15th January 2023 12:25pm CBBC
Monday 6th February 2023 10:30am CBBC
Friday 7th April 2023 10:30am CBBC
Monday 12th June 2023 10:25am CBBC
Friday 8th September 2023 8:30am 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)
Katherine Jakeways Ensemble Actor
Giles Terera Ensemble Actor
Lawry Lewin Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Al Murray Victorian Gentleman
Dave Lamb Come Dine With Me Narrator (Voice)
Elliot Reeve Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Giles Pilbrow Writer
Oriane Messina 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
Peter Oliver Editor
Mike Holliday Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer


Alexander The Great Song

Alexander The Great introduces himself via the medium of music.

Featuring: Ben Willbond.

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