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
  • 139 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 6, Episode 11 - 'Orrible Oliver Cromwell

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

Broadcast details

Monday 3rd August 2015
25 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 16th August 2015 12:00pm CBBC
Sunday 4th September 2016 5:40pm CBBC
Sunday 16th October 2016 2:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 16th November 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 9th March 2018 11:15am CBBC
Friday 9th March 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 6:05pm CBBC
Friday 13th July 2018 9:35am CBBC
Wednesday 18th July 2018 12:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 18th July 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 17th August 2018 9:05am CBBC
Friday 17th August 2018 7:30pm CBBC
Thursday 25th October 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 13th January 2019 1:30pm CBBC
Monday 21st January 2019 1:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 30th April 2019 8:50am CBBC
Friday 24th May 2019 12:05pm CBBC
Sunday 16th June 2019 8:30am CBBC
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 11:20am CBBC
Saturday 27th July 2019 8:35pm CBBC
Sunday 28th July 2019 4:50pm CBBC
Saturday 9th November 2019 8:35pm CBBC
Sunday 15th December 2019 11:20am CBBC
Tuesday 7th January 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Monday 13th January 2020 10:50am CBBC
Friday 3rd April 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 5th May 2020 9:25am CBBC
Tuesday 16th June 2020 6:55pm CBBC
Friday 21st August 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Tuesday 6th October 2020 6:50pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th October 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Sunday 18th October 2020 11:15am CBBC
Tuesday 24th November 2020 10:15am CBBC
Sunday 3rd January 2021 11:30am CBBC
Monday 1st March 2021 10:15am CBBC
Saturday 15th May 2021 5:20pm CBBC
Sunday 23rd May 2021 6:50pm CBBC
Saturday 29th May 2021 5:25pm CBBC
Saturday 5th June 2021 12:25pm CBBC
Saturday 26th June 2021 12:55pm CBBC
Saturday 26th June 2021 5:10pm CBBC
Saturday 3rd July 2021 4:40pm CBBC
Thursday 8th July 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Tuesday 24th August 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Thursday 26th August 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Thursday 2nd September 2021 10:20am CBBC
Sunday 17th October 2021 1:35pm CBBC
Thursday 28th October 2021 10:25am CBBC
Friday 12th November 2021 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 20th February 2022 1:45pm CBBC
Sunday 24th July 2022 2:20pm 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)
Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Lawry Lewin Oliver Cromwell
Jason Lewis Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
George Sawyer Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Greg Jenner Writer
Benjamin Partridge Writer
Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier) Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Ward Script Editor
George Sawyer Script Editor
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
Tim Searle Animation

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