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 8 - Ruthless Rulers

Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Louise Ford, Fred Sirieix, Tom Stourton. Copyright: Lion Television
A look at the most ruthless rulers of all time. Henry VIII is so demanding he has a brick wall built at his bedroom door every night, those vicious Vikings find that sorry seems to be the hardest word, hold your nose in Versailles, because Louis XIV hasn't got any loos, and rock out with the Warlords from Hell.

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Broadcast details

Monday 4th September 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 4th September 2017 7:30pm CBBC
Saturday 9th September 2017 9:00am CBBC
Saturday 9th September 2017 2:55pm CBBC
Saturday 9th September 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Sunday 10th September 2017 10:00am CBBC
Sunday 10th September 2017 8:30pm CBBC
Sunday 17th September 2017 2:30pm CBBC
Saturday 23rd September 2017 9:00am CBBC
Saturday 30th September 2017 7:00pm CBBC
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 8:35am CBBC
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 2:10pm CBBC
Monday 1st January 2018 5:30pm CBBC
Saturday 10th March 2018 8:30am CBBC
Sunday 27th May 2018 11:20am CBBC
Monday 1st October 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Thursday 15th November 2018 7:00pm CBBC
Monday 8th April 2019 7:30pm CBBC
Monday 27th May 2019 1:15pm CBBC
Wednesday 24th July 2019 1:10pm CBBC
Sunday 3rd November 2019 4:50pm CBBC
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Saturday 25th January 2020 8:30pm CBBC
Sunday 12th April 2020 2:25pm CBBC
Friday 24th April 2020 7:05pm CBBC
Sunday 3rd May 2020 11:25am CBBC
Wednesday 20th May 2020 9:25am CBBC
Wednesday 1st July 2020 6:55pm CBBC
Friday 2nd October 2020 9:45am CBBC
Monday 19th October 2020 7:00pm CBBC
Saturday 7th November 2020 11:55am CBBC
Saturday 7th November 2020 4:55pm CBBC
Wednesday 9th December 2020 10:10am CBBC
Thursday 28th January 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Sunday 21st March 2021 11:50am CBBC
Friday 2nd April 2021 10:05am CBBC
Sunday 27th June 2021 1:15pm CBBC
Sunday 18th July 2021 6:40pm CBBC
Saturday 21st August 2021 12:20pm CBBC
Saturday 18th September 2021 4:35pm CBBC
Thursday 7th October 2021 10:35am CBBC
Tuesday 30th November 2021 10:05am CBBC
Thursday 13th January 2022 10:30am CBBC
Sunday 13th March 2022 2:15pm 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
Fred Sirieix Self
Dan Li 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
Sarah Morgan Writer
Tom Stourton Writer
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
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
Matthew Gallagher (as Matt Gallagher) 1st Assistant Director


The Victorian Bridget Jones

Horrible Histories have their own Bridget Jones!

Miss Bridget Holmes was an avid diary writer during the Victorian era. She divulged the Royal secrets and pooing habits over her 80 year life-span.

Featuring: Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Ryan Sampson, Louise Ford, James McNicholas & Jon Culshaw.

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