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
  • 141 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 - Cracking Christmas

Horrible Histories. Emily Lloyd Saini
Meet the 18th Century man whose job was to walk a thousand turkeys from Norfolk to London - he set off in September, and yes, they did have shoes.

Further details

Meet the 18th Century man whose job was to walk a thousand turkeys from Norfolk to London - he set off in September, and yes, they did have shoes. Step aside Santa, we've got the other Christmas spirits, including Joulopukki, the Finnish Festive Goat.

Don't miss the stories behind the first ever Christmas tree, the first nativity scene, why Henry VIII thought Elizabeth's gift was boring, and how the Romans celebrated Saturnalia by giving rubbish presents.

And Charles Dickens sings us out, Slade stylie, revealing how the Victorians first introduced many of the Christmas traditions we enjoy today.

Broadcast details

Friday 10th December 2021
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 11th December 2021 5:30pm CBBC
Monday 13th December 2021 9:25am CBBC
Thursday 16th December 2021 6:25pm CBBC
Sunday 19th December 2021 2:55pm CBBC
Saturday 25th December 2021 8:50am CBBC
Saturday 25th December 2021 4:30pm CBBC
Sunday 16th January 2022 6:25pm CBBC
Thursday 24th March 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Thursday 5th May 2022 2:05pm CBBC
Monday 13th June 2022 3:00pm CBBC
Sunday 4th December 2022 1:40pm CBBC
Sunday 18th December 2022 6:30pm CBBC
Friday 23rd December 2022 5:30pm CBBC
Sunday 25th December 2022 12:05pm CBBC
Thursday 2nd March 2023 8:35am CBBC
Friday 1st December 2023 10:30am CBBC
Sunday 3rd December 2023 12:55pm CBBC
Friday 15th December 2023 1:50pm CBBC
Wednesday 20th December 2023 6:00pm CBBC
Sunday 24th December 2023 1:10pm CBBC
Sunday 24th December 2023 3:25pm CBBC

Cast & crew

Tom Stourton Various
Jessica Ransom Various
Richard David-Caine Various
Harrie Hayes Various
Emily Lloyd-Saini Various
James McNicholas Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Divian Ladwa Ensemble Actor
Paul G Raymond Ensemble Actor
Kiell Smith-Bynoe Ensemble Actor
Dave Chapman Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Timmika Ramsay Ensemble Actor
Elodie Patrick Ensemble Actor
Luca Russo Ensemble Actor
Minnie Gravett Ensemble Actor
Otis Patterson Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Howard Read Writer
Lucy Clarke Writer
Ben Ward Writer
Jack Bernhardt Writer
Claire Wetton Writer
Jessica Ransom Writer
Akemnji Ndifornyen Script Editor
Howard Davidson Writer
Production team
Gordon Anderson Director
Simon Wilson Series Editor
Ben Rogers Series Producer
Matt Lamont Producer
Melissa Hardinge Executive Producer
Richard Bradley Executive Producer
Simon Welton Executive Producer
Imogen Gay Line Producer
Elaine Campbell Development Line Producer
Lisa Mitchell Development Series Producer
Duncan O'Neill Editor
Garry Smith Editor
James Cooper Editor
James Lagen Editor
Sarah Milton Production Designer
Kharmel Cochrane Casting Director
Sally Broome Casting Director
Jemima Cotter Costume Designer
Ian Liggett Director of Photography
Kevin Brown Director of Photography
Lisa Halstead Make-up Designer
Richie Webb Composer
Rob Fellows Graphics
Rupert Tucker Graphics
Alex Candlin 1st Assistant Director
Sam Roffey 1st Assistant Director
Chris Malin 1st Assistant Director

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