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 - 2021
  • 122 episodes (9 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.

Episode menu

Series 8, Episode 15 - Outrageous Olympics

Mary Queen of Scots plays grief-golf, and Henry VIII sings Get Sweaty.

Preview clips


In some places this is labelled as Episode 11. It was postponed from 2020 as the Olympics were delayed.

Broadcast details

Friday 23rd July 2021
30 minutes


  1. Sunday 5th December 2021 at 1:30pm on CBBC

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 25th July 2021 7:55am CBBC
Monday 26th July 2021 10:35am CBBC
Thursday 29th July 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Thursday 5th August 2021 10:40am CBBC
Friday 13th August 2021 10:00am CBBC
Monday 20th September 2021 10:25am CBBC

Cast & crew

Tom Stourton Various
Jalaal Hartley Various
Jessica Ransom Various
Richard David-Caine Various
Gemma Whelan Various
Michael Abubakar Various
Harrie Hayes Various
Emily Lloyd Saini Various
James McNicholas Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Mike Wozniak Ensemble Actor
John Eccleston Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Javone Prince Various
Alex Scott Self
Mabel Read Ensemble Actor
Samson Read Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Daniel Peak Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Jane McCutcheon Writer
Howard Read Script Editor
Claire Wetton Script Editor
Vivienne Riddoch Writer
Gemma Arrowsmith Writer
Stephen M. Collins (as Stephen Collins) Writer
Production team
Steve Connelly Director
Matthew Hanson 1st Assistant Director
Jack Cheshire Series Editor
Lisa Mitchell Series Producer
Matt Lamont Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Simon Welton Executive Producer
Elaine Campbell Line Producer
Adam Windmill Editor
Will Peverett Editor
Will Porter Editor
Jo Sutherland Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Jeremy Hewson Director of Photography
Jacqueline Mills Costume Designer
Siobhán Harper-Ryan Make-up Designer
Richie Webb Composer


Outrageous Olympics Song

Henry VIII explains his athletic proficiency in this parody of Get Lucky by Daft Punk.

Featuring: Tom Stourton.

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