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. 111 episodes (8 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 7, Special is repeated today at 10:15am.

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Lolly Adefope, Tom Stourton, Gemma Whelan, Jalaal Hartley.

Series 7, Episode 12 - Deadly Dynasties

A look at the deadliest dynasties and how they came to, and then held on, to power.

Further details

A look at the deadliest dynasties and how they came to, and then held on, to power. Witness Aggrippina's deadly recipes for success and Napoleon's needy sister, how the Lancastrians and the Yorkists came together for Love Day, how to stage a Russian coup, and how our Royal Family, the Windsors, came to change their family name to something a little 'less German'.

Broadcast details

Monday 7th May 2018
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 5th December 2020 at 11:55am on CBBC
  2. Saturday 5th December 2020 at 4:50pm on CBBC

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
James McNicholas Ensemble Actor
Ellie White Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Dan Li Ensemble Actor
Sophie Wu Ensemble Actor
Writing team
George Sawyer Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Gerard Foster 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
Production team
Ian Curtis Director
Steve Connelly Director
Adam Jenkins Director
David Staite Series Editor
Tom Miller Series Producer
Lisa Mitchell Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Simon Welton Executive Producer


Chinese Empire Song (OMI Cheerleader Parody)

Creator of the first Chinese Empire, Qin Shi Huang, shares his story in this song inspired by OMI's Cheerleader.

Featuring: Dan Li, Sophie Wu.


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