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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Series 6, Episode 5 - Horrid Henry VIII

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

Broadcast details

Monday 22nd June 2015
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Farnaby Various
    Tom Stourton Various
    Adam Riches Various
    Naz Osmanoglu Various
    Jalaal Hartley Various
    Jessica Ransom Various
    Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
    Katherine Jakeways Ensemble Actor
    Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Guest cast
    Rowan Atkinson Henry VIII
    Dan Li Ensemble Actor
    Writing team
    George Sawyer Writer
    Howard Read Writer
    Benjamin Partridge Writer
    Justin Edwards Writer
    Steve Punt Writer
    Lucy Clarke Writer
    Dave Cohen Writer
    Ben Ward Writer
    Greg Jenner Writer
    Gerard Foster Writer
    Dan Maier (as Daniel Maier) Writer (Additional Material)
    Ben Ward Script Editor
    George Sawyer Script Editor
    Chris Chantler 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
    Daniel Gulley Editor
    Miranda Jones Production Designer
    Richie Webb Composer
    Tim Searle Animation


    Rowan Atkinson sings in Horrible Histories

    Rowan Atkinson is Henry VIII, singing in the style of Elvis Presley.

    Featuring: Rowan Atkinson (Henry VIII).


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