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
  • 140 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 - Gruesome Guide To Growing Up: Animated Special

Horrible Histories
Life wasn't always fun for children in the past. Horrible Histories delves into the not-so-easy lives of children throughout history, from the strict parenting of ancient civilisations, to the terrible fights the young King Louis XIV had with his little brother - even weeing on each others beds! And find out just why Henry VIII was so keen for his son Edward VI to stay inside.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 7th July 2021
15 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 11th July 2021 5:20pm CBBC
Monday 19th July 2021 9:30am CBBC
Saturday 24th July 2021 5:10pm CBBC
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 10:25am CBBC
Saturday 14th August 2021 5:20pm CBBC
Sunday 15th August 2021 1:55pm CBBC
Tuesday 24th August 2021 10:15am CBBC
Tuesday 31st August 2021 10:20am CBBC
Monday 25th October 2021 9:55am CBBC
Saturday 20th November 2021 5:05pm CBBC
Sunday 27th February 2022 2:20pm CBBC
Thursday 17th March 2022 5:40pm CBBC
Saturday 2nd April 2022 3:25pm CBBC
Monday 17th October 2022 11:50am CBBC
Friday 30th December 2022 4:40pm CBBC
Wednesday 22nd February 2023 8:25am CBBC
Wednesday 3rd January 2024 6:15pm CBBC
Tuesday 20th February 2024 6:40pm CBBC

Cast & crew

Tom Stourton Various
Jessica Ransom Various
Richard David-Caine Various
Gemma Whelan Various
James McNicholas Various
Guest cast
Verona Rose Various
Dominique Moore Various
Esmay Francis Various (Voice)
Lily Gaffney Various (Voice)
Emily Lloyd-Saini Various (Voice)
Jay-Jay Prince Various (Voice)
Writing team
Ben Ward Writer
Howard Read Writer
Jessica Ransom Writer
James McNicholas Writer
Celia Morgan Writer
Production team
Matt Holt Director
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
Craig Topham 1st Assistant Director

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