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 9 - Black British History

Horrible Histories. Javone Prince
Horrible Histories charts the contribution of black people to British life throughout history. How did African soldiers come to be guarding Hadrian's Wall? Why was a West African diver asked to help salvage Henry VIII's ship, the Mary Rose? And the actor Ira Aldridge tells us how he came to leave New York to find fame in 19th-Century England.

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Friday 7th May 2021
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 8th May 2021 12:25pm CBBC
Tuesday 1st June 2021 11:15am CBBC
Thursday 10th June 2021 6:35pm CBBC
Wednesday 21st July 2021 10:10am CBBC
Friday 1st October 2021 5:00pm CBBC
Saturday 2nd October 2021 4:40pm CBBC
Sunday 10th October 2021 12:50pm CBBC
Monday 11th October 2021 10:30am CBBC
Friday 15th October 2021 6:45pm CBBC
Tuesday 19th October 2021 5:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 20th October 2021 8:25pm CBBC
Monday 25th October 2021 10:10am CBBC
Monday 28th February 2022 8:25am CBBC
Friday 29th April 2022 2:00pm CBBC
Wednesday 8th June 2022 2:55pm CBBC
Sunday 28th August 2022 1:45pm CBBC
Wednesday 19th October 2022 11:35am CBBC
Monday 27th February 2023 8:30am CBBC
Friday 12th May 2023 5:30pm CBBC
Wednesday 24th May 2023 10:30am CBBC
Wednesday 21st February 2024 10:25am CBBC

Cast & crew

Tom Stourton Various
Jessica Ransom Various
Richard David-Caine Various
Guest cast
Javone Prince Various
Kayode Ewumi Various
Akemnji Ndifornyen Various
Verona Rose Various
Dominique Moore Various
Oliver Wellington Various
Kiell Smith-Bynoe Various (Voice)
Harrie Hayes Various (Voice)
James McNicholas Various (Voice)
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Dave Cohen Writer
Howard Read Writer
Claire Wetton Writer
James McNicholas Writer
Akemnji Ndifornyen Writer
Tasha Dhanraj Writer
Athena Kugblenu Writer
Celia Morgan Writer
Production team
Matt Holt Director
Simon Wilson Series Editor
Lisa Mitchell Series Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Simon Welton Executive Producer
Elaine Campbell Line Producer
Jim Hampton Editor
Rosy Thomas Production Designer
Kharmel Cochrane Casting Director
Jeremy Hewson Director of Photography
Marlene Lawlor Costume Designer
Sallie Adams Make-up Designer
Richie Webb Composer
Rob Fellows Graphics
Akemnji Ndifornyen Composer
Craig Topham 1st Assistant Director


Black British History song

A song about Ira Aldridge.

Featuring: Tom Stourton, Jessica Ransom & Javone Prince.

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