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Horrible Histories. Tom Stourton. Copyright: Lion Television.

Horrible Histories

CBBC and BBC One sketch show based around history. 100 episodes (7 series), 2009 - 2017. Stars Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Mathew Baynton and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 2, Episode 12 is repeated today at 8:30am

Press Clippings Awards 2017 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

Taskmaster leads Broadcast Awards 2018 comedy nominees

The nominations for the Broadcast Awards 2018 have been announced. Amongst the comedy-relation nominations, Taskmaster leads the list with two nods.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd November 2017

Horrible Histories: the 15 greatest songs

With reports of a Horrible Histories feature film in development, we salute the genius songs of a magnificent show...

Catherine Pearson, Den Of Geek, 20th November 2017 Awards 2016 winners announced

The results of the Awards 2016 have been announced. Red Dwarf, Upstart Crow, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme and Taskmaster are amongst the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd January 2017 Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Awards 2016 have been revealed. 60 shows are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title. Voting is now open.

British Comedy Guide, 16th January 2017

Comedies up for Broadcast Awards 2017

Camping, Catastrophe, Chewing Gum, Fleabag, Mum and Murder In Successville are amongst the nominees in the Broadcast Awards 2017.

British Comedy Guide, 24th November 2016

Horrible Histories: Staggering Storytellers review

The award-winning TV series returns with a special episode on famous writers and their origin stories. And when we say 'origin', we mean dawn-of-mankind origin. The episode shows how storytelling evolved through the eras, from storytelling in caves to printed books. At the same time, it lets us in on little secrets (and weird habits) of acclaimed writers and poets.

Katerina Perdikaki, On The Box, 11th July 2016

For Auntie's #LovetoRead campaign, HH returns with a one-off special telling tales stretching back to the stone age when "CGI; cave-generated imagery" was all the rage. The jokes don't get any less silly (and why would they?) as we're treated to DH Lawrence naked, up a tree; George Eliot being manly; and a visit to William Caxton's bookshop circa 1475: "Do you have any biographies? Thrillers? Teen vampire fiction?"

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 11th July 2016

Horrible Histories: how kids' books become TV hits

Before Horrible Histories began on CBBC in 2009, a foreign channel tried an animated version. But it struck gold when Lion and CBBC turned it into a sketch show format - with Deary's approval - written by top comedy writers.

The Guardian, 11th July 2016

With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death approaching, the HH team gather their best bard jokes and return to the Tudor days, when theatre was huge. "It had to be, there wasn't any telly." Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and Gabriel Spenser delight as bad-boy rappers, while a Gene Kelly-spoofing turn from Miles Jupp centres on an era when people emptied chamber pots out of upstairs windows: "I'm singing in urine."

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 19th April 2016

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