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.

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British comedies nominated for 2021 Rose d'Or Awards

Famalam, Motherland, Staged, Jerk, We Are Lady Parts, Horrible Histories, Taskmaster, A League Of Their Own and Joe Lycett's Got Your Back are amongst the nominees for the international Rose d'Or Awards 2021.

British Comedy Guide, 3rd November 2021

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2020 shortlist

60 TV and radio programmes have been shortlisted across 10 categories for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2020. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 11th January 2021

Horrible Histories gets BBC home schooling slot

The show is a core part of curriculum-based programming helping children to keep learning during lockdown.

Lanre Bakare, The Guardian, 10th January 2021

Horrible Histories books to relaunch in 2021

Scholastic is to relaunch children's series Horrible Histories in 2021, with new-look covers and a new "secret diary" series.

Ruth Comerford, The Bookseller, 2nd December 2020

The stand-ups who took over children's TV

Is performing for young audiences easier? Far from it say the comedians who do clubs at night and CBBC shows by day.

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 10th September 2020

BBC's new boss threatens to axe Left-wing comedy shows

New Director-General Tim Davie believes the BBC's comedy output is seen as too one-sided, and unfairly biased against the Tories, Donald Trump and Brexit.

Bill Gardner, The Telegraph, 31st August 2020

13 best British comedy shows on Netflix right now

The beauty of British comedy is how fleeting it is. The US version of The Office dragged on into nine interminable seasons. The British original? Fourteen episodes and done.

Esquire, 22nd August 2020

Horrible Histories? We're living through one right now

The supposed "lack of patriotism" in the CBBC show is another poor excuse from those who would dismantle public broadcasting, says Stewart Lee.

Stewart Lee, The Observer, 9th February 2020

Why is CBBC trolling Brexiteers?

That Nish Kumar / Horrible Histories thing shows that Remoaners have won the culture war.

Tom Slater, Spiked, 3rd February 2020

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