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.

Catch-up on Special on BBC iPlayer   Series 3, Episode 10 is repeated today at 7pm.

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Lolly Adefope, Ryan Sampson.

Series 7 - Monstrous Musicians

Horrible Histories reveals history's most monstrous musicians for the BBC's Music Day. From the earliest screeches of the neanderthal, right through to Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar, Rattus Rattus guides us through the story of music making, even bumping into Simon Cowell at Beethoven's 'H Factor' audition.

Broadcast details

Thursday 15th June 2017
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Tom Stourton Various
    Jalaal Hartley Various
    Jessica Ransom Various
    Richard David-Caine Various
    Gemma Whelan Various
    Ryan Sampson Various
    Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
    Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
    Lolly Adefope Ensemble Actor
    Samson Kayo Ensemble Actor
    Tom Palmer Ensemble Actor
    John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
    Guest cast
    Sanjeev Bhaskar Greek
    Writing team
    Howard Read Writer
    Benjamin Partridge Writer
    Daniel Peak Writer
    Lucy Clarke Writer
    Dave Cohen Writer
    Ben Ward Writer
    Paul Davighi Writer
    Dan Maier Writer (Additional Material)
    Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
    Martin Trenaman Writer (Additional Material)
    Ben Ward Script Editor
    Daniel Peak Script Editor
    Production team
    Ian Curtis Director
    Steve Connelly Director
    Adam Jenkins 1st Assistant Director
    David Staite Series Editor
    Tom Miller Series Producer
    Lisa Mitchell Producer
    Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
    Richard Bradley Executive Producer
    Simon Welton Executive Producer
    Adam Windmill Editor
    Will Porter Editor
    Antony Cartlidge (as Anthony Cartlidge) Production Designer
    Tracey Gillham Casting Director
    Pete Rowe Director of Photography
    Ros Little Costume Designer
    Jeremy Hewson Director of Photography
    Vicky Voller Make-up Designer
    Richie Webb Composer


    The Evolution of Music

    Horrible Histories sings us through the evolution of music, from how music began with caveman drums to modern pop acts like One Direction.

    Featuring: Tom Stourton, Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Louise Ford, Richard David-Caine, Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Lolly Adefope, Samson Kayo, Tom Palmer, Sanjeev Bhaskar (Greek).


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