Horrible Histories (2009– )

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A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the ancient Egyptians to the 1980's, you see the full side to history.

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Series cast summary:
Mathew Baynton ...
 Various (39 episodes, 2009-2013)
Martha Howe-Douglas ...
 Various / ... (39 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Various / ... (39 episodes, 2009-2013)
Jim Howick ...
 Various / ... (38 episodes, 2009-2013)
Laurence Rickard ...
 Various (37 episodes, 2009-2013)
Simon Farnaby ...
 Various / ... (36 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Various / ... (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jon Culshaw ...
 Additional Voices / ... (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jess Robinson ...
 Additional Voices / ... (17 episodes, 2009-2011)


Horrible histories is a British program for all ages. The writers have made learning history entertaining, with funny skits, spin offs of TV shows like; Wife Swap (Historical Wife Swap), Master Chef (Historical Master Chef), and Fasion Fix (Historical Fasion Fix). It teaches us history through songs too.

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The 'Gorgeous Georgians' title slide has a few bars from the Horrible Histories Blackbeard song playing over it. See more »


The idea of pirates using a black ink spot to tell another pirate that they have been marked for death comes from Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' and has no factual basis. See more »


Various: [repeated line as "Death" for opening of "Stupid Deaths" segment] Stupid Deaths, Stupid Deaths, they're funny 'cause they're true! Stupid Deaths, Stupid Deaths, hope next time it's not *you*!
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #15.120 (2011) See more »

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One of the best children's TV programmes ever written!
9 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Horrible Histories' is a show comprising sketches and songs based around a range of different historical periods such as Measly Middle Ages, Slimy Stuarts, Terrible Tudors and Savage Stone Age, often focusing on British history but also covering the history of other nations and peoples such as Groovy Greeks, Rotten Romans and Incredible Incas. The show is based on the hugely popular books by Terry Deary (who plays the occasional cameo!) and features animations by Martin Brown.

The whole show from start to finish is just hilarious. I became addicted earlier this year watching repeats of the first series, and was overjoyed when the second series was aired a few months later. The sketches are incredibly clever - many of them are take-offs of popular shows such as Wife Swap, Ready Steady Cook and This Is Your Life. There's even a catchy, cleverly-written song in each episode which you'll find yourself humming about the house for days afterwards! It's great that the episodes are so funny but also of course it gets kids (and adults!) learning more about history which is no bad thing! And even though it is primarily aimed at children, it's obvious it's meant to entertain the grown-ups just as much! I think there's so many children's series that have come out over the years which are peddled as 'comdedy' for children but they just end up patronising them with 'gags' that they can see coming a mile off and are rarely funny at all

  • 'HH' credits its young viewers with a lot more intelligence I think.

But I must mention that even though the writing, structure and general concept of the show are inspired, what really makes the show what it is is its fantastic cast, many of whom contribute to the writing. Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Ben Willbond, Laurence Rickard and Sarah Hadland (as well as a whole host of others) are all brilliant in their countless roles - they seem to put a lot of thought into maximising the hilarity of each sketch and basically just do their job really well! My favourite moments are too many to list although I particularly like the medieval paramedics, the Will Somers sketch, Mathew Baynton's parody of a certain TV fashion makeover guru and the Franciso Pizzaro Rough Guide. I also love the Boudica, Charles II, four King Georges and Spartan High School Musical songs (the last just seems to get funnier with each viewing!). Just catch the repeats on CBBC or buy the DVD if you've yet to see it - if you have kids they'll love it, and even if you don't, you should like it anyway!

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