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. 105 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

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Horrible Histories. Alfred The Great (Tom Rosenthal). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

1. Awesome Alfred The Great

First broadcast: Monday 25th May 2015

Watch King Alfred the Great argue with his older brothers, then defeat the Vikings using his cunning hit-and-run tactics, summoning the spirit of Ed Sheeran. Meanwhile, across the world, Ant and Dec host a very special Chinese edition of I'm A Celebrity, and the Egyptians tell us how healthcare should really be done.


Horrible Histories. William The Conqueror (Kevin Eldon). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

2. Wicked William The Conqueror

First broadcast: Monday 1st June 2015

Young William, Duke of Normandy, quarrels with Harold Godwinson about who should be King of England, before bashing the English and taking the crown at the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066! Meanwhile across the world, discover Chinese technology light years ahead of the dunderheaded Normans and Saxons in England, and meet one of the world's first scientists in Egypt.


Horrible Histories. Jessica Ransom. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

3. Mardy Mary Queen Of Scots

First broadcast: Monday 8th June 2015

We follow the young Mary as she stumbles from young girl in Scotland, to Queen in France, back to Queen in Scotland, and finally to Elizabeth I's public enemy no. 1 - with a bit of Queenian Rhapsody thrown in for good measure! Meanwhile across the world we meet silver-nosed Danish scientist Tycho Brahe, and Mr H gives us his unique take on the epic Battle of Lepanto in another History's Craziest Fools.


Horrible Histories. Jim Howick. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

4. Naughty Napoleon

First broadcast: Monday 15th June 2015

We follow Napoleon as he rises from humble beginnings to be the Emperor of France, bashing most of Europe along the way, and ultimately meeting his Waterloo at, well, Waterloo! Meanwhile across the world we meet the Indian traveller who brought Shampoo to the world.


Horrible Histories. Henry VIII (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

5. Horrid Henry VIII

First broadcast: Monday 22nd June 2015

We meet the young Henry as he struggles with his boring dad Henry VII, before becoming King himself, and going through wives like most people go through toothbrushes! Meanwhile across the world we meet the great Ottoman leader Suleiman the Magnificent in Turkey, and the mad, bad, and very dangerous to know Emperor Zhengde in China.


Horrible Histories. Cleopatra (Kathryn Drysdale). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

6. Crafty Cleopatra

First broadcast: Monday 29th June 2015

Egyptian queen Cleopatra clashes with her brother, seizes power and hooks up with great Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Meanwhile, across the world, we catch up with the thoughts of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius and encounter the less glamorous side of life in Rome.


Horrible Histories. George III (Simon Farnaby). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

7. Gorgeous George III

First broadcast: Monday 6th July 2015

King George III goes from a young unpopular king to a much-loved figure some 60 years later, and we learn a bit about his court life along the way. Meanwhile, across the world we hear about some of the words we have got from India, and the Battles of the Day team give their unique insight into the American Revolution.


Horrible Histories. Boudica (Lorna Watson). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

8. Bolshy Boudica

First broadcast: Monday 13th July 2015

British Queen Boudica turns against her Roman masters and unleashes her wrecking ball on Colchester, St Albans and London. Meanwhile, across the world, famous emperors Caligula and Nero, dish out their own unique brand of Imperial nastiness.


Horrible Histories. Winston Churchill (Jim Howick). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

9. Wily Winston Churchill

First broadcast: Monday 20th July 2015

This episode follows Winston Churchill from a young soldier in India during the time of Queen Victoria, through the First World War, to victory in World War II, and finally to his retirement in the Swinging Sixties. Meanwhile across the world, meet the American soldier literally spreading propaganda around the battlefields, and learn about Gandhi's more eccentric side.


Horrible Histories. Queen Victoria (Sarah Hadland). Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

10. Tricky Queen Vicky

First broadcast: Monday 27th July 2015

This episode follows young Queen Victoria as she marries her true love Albert, and has to put up with the open sewers at the not-so-luxurious Buckingham Palace. Also featuring Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, and the Great Hedge of India.


Horrible Histories. Sarah Hadland. Copyright: Lion Television / Citrus Television.

11. 'Orrible Oliver Cromwell

First broadcast: Monday 3rd August 2015

Oliver Cromwell rises from obscurity, challenges King Charles I in the English Civil War, and ultimately orders the King's execution - as he says, a it was a 'cruel necessity'. In other parts of Britain there are a bunch of oddly named Puritan soldiers, and the great writers Shakespeare and Milton square up for a word battle.


Highlights Special: Rotten Rulers

First broadcast: Monday 10th August 2015

A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring the rotten rulers from this series. Including naughty Napoleon annoying his Josephine and horrid Henry VIII getting married again. There's also a song from wily Winston Churchill and Rattus to guide the way as host.


Highlights Special: It's A Wicked World Special

First broadcast: Monday 17th August 2015

A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring ghastly Genghis Khan, the wise Confucius and a dance-off during a naval battle! There's also a Bollywood number from Queen Victoria. With Rattus to guide the way.


Highlights Special: Savage Songs Special

First broadcast: Monday 24th August 2015

A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring songs from the series, including King Alfred singing about his burnt cakes, and Henry VIII singing about his love of reformation. With host Rattus to guide the way.


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