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.

Episode menu

Series 9, Episode 8 - Infectious Influencers

Horrible Histories. James McNicholas
From Cleopatra's hairdo to Elizabeth I's flushing loo, meet history's biggest influencers.

Broadcast details

Friday 14th January 2022
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 30th January 2022 6:25pm CBBC
Friday 4th March 2022 8:25am CBBC
Monday 6th March 2023 8:30am CBBC
Friday 26th May 2023 10:25am CBBC
Friday 9th June 2023 5:30pm CBBC
Sunday 28th January 2024 1:15pm CBBC

Cast & crew

Tom Stourton Various
Richard David-Caine Various
Harrie Hayes Various
Emily Lloyd-Saini Various
James McNicholas Various
Jon Culshaw Various (Voice)
Ethan Lawrence Ensemble Actor
Paul G Raymond Ensemble Actor
Dave Chapman Rattus Rattus
Guest cast
Verona Rose Various
Robert Rinder (as Rob Rinder) Self
Mabel Read Ensemble Actor
Inel Tomlinson Ensemble Actor
Timmika Ramsay Ensemble Actor
Avalon Grace Ensemble Actor
Bethany D'Mello Ensemble Actor
Henry Patterson Ensemble Actor
Harley Patrick 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
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch Writer
James McNicholas Writer
Benjamin Partridge (as Ben Partridge) 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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