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
  • 140 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 3 - Ridiculous Romantics

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Tom Stourton, Gemma Whelan
This week Horrible Histories charts the path towards true love - and some of history's biggest and most ridiculous romantics are in the spotlight.

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Further details

With his woeful record for choosing the right woman, Henry VIII enlists the help of MaƮtre d' Fred Sirieix as he tries to find the right wife on Historic First Dates. Elsewhere, we sample some Medieval Munich Love Magic, see how Renaissance men tried to impress the ladies, listen to some of History's greatest love letters, and watch as King Alfonso of Spain's wedding takes a turn he's not expecting.

Broadcast details

Monday 31st July 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 31st July 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Saturday 5th August 2017 8:25am CBBC
Saturday 5th August 2017 3:20pm CBBC
Sunday 6th August 2017 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 6th August 2017 3:40pm CBBC
Sunday 6th August 2017 8:30pm CBBC
Sunday 13th August 2017 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 20th August 2017 2:50pm CBBC
Wednesday 30th August 2017 9:30am CBBC
Tuesday 26th September 2017 8:35am CBBC
Tuesday 26th September 2017 2:10pm CBBC
Wednesday 27th December 2017 5:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 14th February 2018 9:25am CBBC
Wednesday 14th February 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 12th May 2018 11:25am CBBC
Monday 24th September 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 8th November 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 4th February 2019 4:30pm CBBC
Monday 27th May 2019 10:50am CBBC
Wednesday 24th July 2019 10:45am CBBC
Sunday 3rd November 2019 3:50pm CBBC
Friday 29th November 2019 1:05pm CBBC
Saturday 21st December 2019 8:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 15th January 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Sunday 29th March 2020 11:05am CBBC
Sunday 29th March 2020 3:45pm CBBC
Thursday 9th April 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 11th April 2020 3:35pm CBBC
Wednesday 13th May 2020 9:25am CBBC
Wednesday 24th June 2020 6:55pm CBBC
Monday 31st August 2020 6:45pm CBBC
Thursday 24th September 2020 9:45am CBBC
Saturday 26th September 2020 11:55am CBBC
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 10:15am CBBC
Wednesday 20th January 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Sunday 31st January 2021 11:40am CBBC
Sunday 14th February 2021 11:45am CBBC
Monday 29th March 2021 9:55am CBBC
Friday 2nd April 2021 2:00pm CBBC
Thursday 15th April 2021 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 30th May 2021 1:20pm CBBC
Sunday 13th June 2021 6:55pm CBBC
Saturday 17th July 2021 1:40pm CBBC
Saturday 14th August 2021 4:50pm CBBC
Wednesday 1st September 2021 10:35am CBBC
Wednesday 29th September 2021 10:30am CBBC
Tuesday 23rd November 2021 10:00am CBBC
Thursday 6th January 2022 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 6th March 2022 1:45pm CBBC
Friday 18th March 2022 5:30pm CBBC
Thursday 7th April 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 20th July 2022 9:30am CBBC
Sunday 7th August 2022 2:10pm CBBC
Wednesday 17th May 2023 10:25am CBBC
Sunday 24th September 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)
Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
Samson Kayo Ensemble Actor
James McNicholas Ensemble Actor
Ellie White Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Sanjeev Bhaskar Shah Jahan
Fred Sirieix Self
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


Henry VIII does Historical First Dates

How will Henry VIII get on with his date Catherine of Aragon... his dead brother's wife. Awks!

Featuring: Tom Stourton, Jessica Ransom, Jon Culshaw & Fred Sirieix.

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