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.

Press clippings

British comedies nominated for Canada's Rockie Awards

Taskmaster, The Graham Norton Show, Dreaming Whilst Black, Everyone Else Burns, Horrible Histories and Birdsong are among the nominations in various categories in the Rockie Awards International Program Competition.

Chortle, 22nd March 2024

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2023 shortlist

The 60 TV and radio programmes shortlisted across the 10 categories in the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2023 have been revealed. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 8th January 2024

What Horrible Histories gets wrong about history

The idea that Britain was multicultural in any meaningful sense before even the twentieth century stretches the definition of that word.

Ed West, The Spectator, 19th September 2023

Taskmaster and the underrated comic genius of Kiell Smith-Bynoe

Thanks to Taskmaster, a whole new audience is finally discovering just how funny Kiell Smith-Bynoe is. Here's where to explore his genius further...

Laura Vickers-Green, Den Of Geek, 14th April 2023

Scholastic to mark 30 years of Horrible Histories with new publishing and schools campaigns

Scholastic is marking the 30th anniversary of Horrible Histories with new books and national PR, marketing and schools campaigns and brand partnerships.

Lauren Brown, The Bookseller, 17th January 2023

Jim Howick on Ghosts and Horrible Histories

"Our view of history is naughty, but completely factual."

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 18th September 2022

Edinburgh TV Awards 2022 nominees

After Life, Mandy, Motherland, Sex Education, Stath Lets Flats and The Outlaws are amongst the nominees for the Edinburgh TV Awards 2022.

British Comedy Guide, 16th June 2022

100 BBC TV gamechangers

The Sooty Show, Goodness Gracious Me and Hancock's Half Hour have been named amongst 23 comedy titles in a BFI list of the 100 most important television programmes from the BBC, as the broadcaster marks its 100th anniversary.

British Film Institute, 28th April 2022

Share this page