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 - 2022
  • 125 episodes (9 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 6, Episode 1 - Awesome Alfred The Great

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

Broadcast details

Monday 25th May 2015
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 25th May 2015 5:00pm CBBC
Sunday 7th June 2015 11:55am CBBC
Saturday 25th July 2015 3:20pm CBBC
Monday 28th December 2015 4:00pm CBBC
Monday 11th July 2016 11:00am CBBC
Wednesday 13th July 2016 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 7th August 2016 1:15pm CBBC
Saturday 3rd September 2016 3:45pm CBBC
Sunday 8th January 2017 2:15pm CBBC
Tuesday 14th February 2017 8:25am CBBC
Tuesday 14th February 2017 2:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 20th September 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 1st October 2017 2:10pm CBBC
Sunday 8th October 2017 10:00am CBBC
Friday 27th October 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 5th January 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 31st March 2018 8:30am CBBC
Thursday 12th July 2018 9:35am CBBC
Thursday 12th July 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 9th August 2018 9:05am CBBC
Thursday 9th August 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 11th October 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 22nd April 2019 8:50am CBBC
Thursday 23rd May 2019 12:50pm CBBC
Friday 19th July 2019 1:25pm CBBC
Saturday 31st August 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Sunday 6th October 2019 11:25am CBBC
Thursday 5th December 2019 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 10th January 2020 11:00am CBBC
Tuesday 17th March 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Tuesday 21st April 2020 9:20am CBBC
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 7th August 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 18th August 2020 2:45pm CBBC
Friday 25th September 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 25th October 2020 11:20am CBBC
Tuesday 10th November 2020 10:00am CBBC
Thursday 26th November 2020 6:50pm CBBC
Saturday 13th March 2021 12:50pm CBBC
Saturday 13th March 2021 5:35pm CBBC
Monday 15th March 2021 10:15am CBBC
Saturday 10th April 2021 12:55pm CBBC
Saturday 17th April 2021 4:30pm CBBC
Monday 9th August 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Friday 22nd October 2021 10:30am CBBC
Monday 3rd January 2022 8:30pm CBBC
Saturday 5th February 2022 1:55pm CBBC
Monday 28th February 2022 10:30am CBBC

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Various
Simon Farnaby Various
Tom Stourton Various
Adam Riches Various
Naz Osmanoglu Various
Jalaal Hartley Various
Jessica Ransom Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Tom Rosenthal Alfred The Great
Bhavna Limbachia Ensemble Actor
Sophie Wu Ensemble Actor
Writing team
George Sawyer Writer
Howard Read Writer
Benjamin Partridge Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Steve Punt Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier) Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Ward Script Editor
George Sawyer Script Editor
James Bugg Writer
Production team
Simon Gibney Director
Ian Curtis Director
Tom Miller Series Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Bill Hobbins Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Adam Windmill Editor
Will Peverett Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Richie Webb Composer

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