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 7 - Monstrous Musicians

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

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Broadcast details

Thursday 15th June 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 25th September 2017 5:25pm CBBC
Monday 25th September 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Sunday 1st October 2017 8:30pm CBBC
Friday 6th October 2017 8:35am CBBC
Friday 6th October 2017 2:10pm CBBC
Saturday 23rd December 2017 5:30pm CBBC
Thursday 15th February 2018 9:25am CBBC
Saturday 5th May 2018 11:25am CBBC
Thursday 20th September 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Friday 26th October 2018 8:25am CBBC
Tuesday 6th November 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 14th January 2019 4:30pm CBBC
Tuesday 26th March 2019 4:30pm CBBC
Monday 27th May 2019 9:50am CBBC
Friday 28th June 2019 8:50am CBBC
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 1:10pm CBBC
Saturday 14th September 2019 5:15pm CBBC
Friday 29th November 2019 12:05pm CBBC
Saturday 7th December 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Monday 13th January 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 15th March 2020 11:40am CBBC
Tuesday 7th April 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 11th April 2020 2:35pm CBBC
Monday 11th May 2020 9:25am CBBC
Monday 22nd June 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 27th August 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 12th September 2020 11:55am CBBC
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 9:45am CBBC
Friday 16th October 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 30th November 2020 10:15am CBBC
Thursday 31st December 2020 10:50am CBBC
Sunday 17th January 2021 11:40am CBBC
Monday 18th January 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Friday 26th March 2021 10:15am CBBC
Wednesday 31st March 2021 1:55pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th April 2021 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 16th May 2021 12:55pm CBBC
Sunday 30th May 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Saturday 3rd July 2021 12:25pm CBBC
Monday 27th September 2021 10:35am CBBC
Friday 19th November 2021 10:00am CBBC
Tuesday 4th January 2022 10:30am CBBC
Saturday 5th March 2022 1:55pm CBBC
Monday 4th April 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Monday 18th July 2022 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 7th August 2022 1:15pm CBBC
Monday 15th May 2023 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 10th September 2023 1:00pm CBBC
Sunday 7th April 2024 1:20pm CBBC

Cast & crew

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
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Howard Read Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Benjamin Partridge Writer
Dan Maier Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Martin Trenaman Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Ward Script Editor
Daniel Peak Script Editor
Paul Davighi Writer
Production team
Ian Curtis Director
Steve Connelly 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
Adam Jenkins 1st Assistant Director


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, Richard David-Caine, Gemma Whelan, Ryan Sampson, Louise Ford, Lolly Adefope, Samson Kayo, Tom Palmer & Sanjeev Bhaskar (Greek).

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