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, Episode 10 - Horrid Health

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Samson Kayo, Ryan Sampson, Jalaal Hartley. Copyright: Lion Television
A look at the hideous history of health, from the invention of toilet paper to the healthy origins of the cornflake.

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A look at the hideous history of health, from the invention of toilet paper to the healthy origins of the cornflake. Along the way we discover that the Mayans believe that drinking wee could cure all ills, that the Tudors had to teach themselves how to swim again (everyone had forgotten), Victorians had a taste in beauty products that was literally shocking, and we take an in-depth look at Louis XIV's bottom problems.

Broadcast details

Monday 18th September 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 24th September 2017 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 24th September 2017 8:30pm CBBC
Thursday 5th October 2017 8:35am CBBC
Thursday 5th October 2017 2:10pm CBBC
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 5:30pm CBBC
Saturday 17th March 2018 8:30am CBBC
Sunday 3rd June 2018 11:20am CBBC
Wednesday 3rd October 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 19th November 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 15th April 2019 5:30pm CBBC
Monday 15th April 2019 7:30pm CBBC
Thursday 25th July 2019 10:45am CBBC
Monday 2nd December 2019 11:55am CBBC
Friday 24th January 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 8th February 2020 8:30pm CBBC
Saturday 11th April 2020 5:30pm CBBC
Sunday 12th April 2020 3:25pm CBBC
Monday 27th April 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 17th May 2020 11:20am CBBC
Friday 22nd May 2020 9:25am CBBC
Monday 15th June 2020 9:55am CBBC
Friday 3rd July 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 6th October 2020 9:30am CBBC
Wednesday 21st October 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 21st November 2020 11:55am CBBC
Saturday 21st November 2020 4:55pm CBBC
Friday 11th December 2020 10:15am CBBC
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Sunday 4th April 2021 11:35am CBBC
Tuesday 6th April 2021 10:35am CBBC
Sunday 11th April 2021 6:45pm CBBC
Sunday 18th July 2021 12:45pm CBBC
Sunday 25th July 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Saturday 9th October 2021 4:35pm CBBC
Tuesday 12th October 2021 10:30am CBBC
Wednesday 19th January 2022 10:30am CBBC
Sunday 20th March 2022 1:10pm CBBC
Sunday 21st August 2022 1:20pm CBBC
Tuesday 23rd May 2023 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 22nd October 2023 1:00pm 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)
Lolly Adefope Ensemble Actor
Samson Kayo Ensemble Actor
Tom Palmer Ensemble Actor
James McNicholas Ensemble Actor
Ellie White Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Sanjeev Bhaskar Sore Foot Patient
Sanjeev Bhaskar Enema Patient
Dan Li Ensemble Actor
Sophie Wu Ensemble Actor
Rachel Cash Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Dan Maier Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Martin Trenaman Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Ward Script Editor
Daniel Peak Script Editor
Howard Read Script Editor
Sarah Morgan Writer
Howard Davidson 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


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