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 6 - Ingenious Inventors

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton. Copyright: Lion Television
A look at some of history's most ingenious inventors, as we take in everything from the invention of the wheel to the crisp.

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A look at some of history's most ingenious inventors, as we take in everything from the invention of the wheel to the crisp. Featuring the Gutenberg press, the man who invented both the dictionary 'very successfully' and manned flight (less successfully). Also the Greeks and the Chinese, battle over which of them are history's best inventors.

Broadcast details

Monday 21st August 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 21st August 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Saturday 26th August 2017 8:25am CBBC
Saturday 26th August 2017 3:45pm CBBC
Sunday 27th August 2017 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 27th August 2017 8:30pm CBBC
Sunday 3rd September 2017 4:10pm CBBC
Friday 29th September 2017 8:35am CBBC
Friday 29th September 2017 2:10pm CBBC
Saturday 30th December 2017 5:30pm CBBC
Saturday 3rd March 2018 8:30am CBBC
Sunday 20th May 2018 11:20am CBBC
Sunday 12th August 2018 2:00pm CBBC
Thursday 27th September 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 13th November 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 24th March 2019 4:55pm CBBC
Monday 27th May 2019 12:15pm CBBC
Wednesday 24th July 2019 12:10pm CBBC
Saturday 11th January 2020 8:30pm CBBC
Monday 20th January 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 11th April 2020 5:00pm CBBC
Sunday 19th April 2020 11:20am CBBC
Tuesday 21st April 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Monday 18th May 2020 9:25am CBBC
Monday 29th June 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 3rd September 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 6th September 2020 11:15am CBBC
Tuesday 29th September 2020 9:45am CBBC
Saturday 17th October 2020 11:55am CBBC
Monday 7th December 2020 10:15am CBBC
Wednesday 30th December 2020 8:25pm CBBC
Tuesday 26th January 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Sunday 7th March 2021 11:45am CBBC
Wednesday 31st March 2021 9:25am CBBC
Monday 5th April 2021 11:00am CBBC
Thursday 8th April 2021 2:00pm CBBC
Sunday 20th June 2021 1:05pm CBBC
Sunday 11th July 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Saturday 7th August 2021 12:20pm CBBC
Saturday 4th September 2021 4:40pm CBBC
Tuesday 5th October 2021 10:30am CBBC
Friday 26th November 2021 10:00am CBBC
Tuesday 11th January 2022 10:30am CBBC
Sunday 13th March 2022 1:15pm CBBC
Wednesday 6th April 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Sunday 14th August 2022 2:20pm CBBC
Monday 22nd May 2023 10:30am CBBC
Sunday 15th 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)
Louise Ford Ensemble Actor
Lolly Adefope Ensemble Actor
Samson Kayo Ensemble Actor
Tom Palmer Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Sanjeev Bhaskar Thinner Fries Customer
Sophie Wu Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Gerard Foster Writer
Howard Read 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
Gemma Whelan 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
Jon Dean 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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