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 - 2021. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Series 4, Episode 1 is repeated today at 10:15am.

Series 8

Horrible Histories. Jessica Ransom.

1. Queen Vic's Home Vids

First broadcast: Monday 3rd June 2019

A special episode making 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria. Featuring Victorian fake news, paparazzi, and camera men strapped to the front of moving trains, Queen Victoria shows you how her subjects invented and became obsessed with films!


2. Viking Eye For The Straight Guy

First broadcast: Monday 10th June 2019

The Horrible History of (often literally) dressing to kill.


3. Chaotic Collabs

First broadcast: Monday 17th June 2019

Amazing collaborations including Shakespeare brainstorming Macbeth.


4. Mind Your Manners

First broadcast: Monday 24th June 2019

Jane Austen is on Historical Love Island. Plus, why you shouldn't hold farts in.


5. Fearsome Families

First broadcast: Monday 1st July 2019

Fred Siriex welcomes Queen Victoria to historical First Dates.


6. Bizarre Beasts

First broadcast: Monday 8th July 2019

Charles Darwin presents Yummy Planet, and some farting fish almost start a nuclear war!


7. Moon Mayhem

First broadcast: Monday 15th July 2019

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's Moon landing on 20th July, Horrible Histories takes a special look into space.


8. Putrid Politics

First broadcast: Monday 22nd July 2019

Dani Dyer becomes Rattus's political advisor for tales of parliamentary people and plots.


Special: Heroic Home Front

First broadcast: Monday 16th September 2019

A look at how World War II played out on the home front, featuring Churchill's secret loo, the heroic 'ATA Girls' and German spies being caught out by their delicious sausages.


Special: Fierce Females

First broadcast: Sunday 8th March 2020

Marking International Women's Day, there are ancient wonder women, a Spartan queen on Historical Love Island and the Tudor Queens sing!


Horrible Histories. Holly H.

Special: Holly H Song Special

First broadcast: Monday 20th July 2020

Social media star Holly H is Rattus's guest on his radio station, BBC Radio Number Two.


Horrible Histories. Richard David-Caine.

Special: Fantastic Firsts Special

First broadcast: Monday 27th July 2020

A special show featuring some of history's greatest firsts.


Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Xand van Tulleken, Rattus Rattus (John Eccleston), Chris Van Tulleken.

Special: Beastly Bodily Functions Special

First broadcast: Monday 3rd August 2020

Doctors Chris and Xand van Tulleken regret joining Rattus for a special show about bodies.


Horrible Histories. Image shows from L to R: Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Tom Stourton, Harrie Hayes, Rachel Cash, Emily Lloyd Saini.

Special: Mayflower Malarkey

First broadcast: Monday 14th September 2020

The Puritans set sail, Queen Elizabeth I loses a colony, and the Founding Fathers sing!



Another historical-themed special.