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Horrible Histories 

A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the 'Savage Stone Age' to the 'Troublesome 20th Century', you see the full side to history.
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Jim Howick ...  Various / ... 41 episodes, 2009-2015
Simon Farnaby ...  Various / ... 41 episodes, 2009-2015
Mathew Baynton ...  Various 39 episodes, 2009-2013
Martha Howe-Douglas ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 2009-2013
Ben Willbond ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 2009-2013
Laurence Rickard ...  Various 37 episodes, 2009-2013
Jon Culshaw Jon Culshaw ...  Additional Voices / ... 22 episodes, 2009-2017
Sarah Hadland ...  Various / ... 19 episodes, 2009-2010
Dominique Moore ...  Various / ... 18 episodes, 2010-2017
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 Fashion Fix (Historical Fashion Fix). It teaches us history through songs too.

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April 2009 (UK) See more »

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Deu a Louca na História See more »

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Horrible Histories is based on the British children's historical-comedy book series by Terry Deary, first published by Scholastic UK in 1993. 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" in "Stupid Deaths"] Sometimes I love this job. I do, I really do.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.68 (2015) See more »

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The Best Way To Learn History
19 June 2015 | by jemmerly-westSee all my reviews

Horrible Histories is one of the best shows on children's television; with catchy songs and entertaining jokes, this show really is the best way to learn about history.

When this show first aired I was starting high school and hated history, I couldn't remember anything and was getting bottom marks in every test. This show saved my grades, every episode meant that a large amount of information became lodged in my head. From Vikings to King Charles II to the Civil Rights Movement, this show covers a lot with coherence and clarity even being clever enough to make spoofs of popular shows and TV adverts ('we buy any monk.com!') that ring true to modern British culture. This should not, however, restrict its audience though since it is an easily accessible show that has something for everyone.

Now what truly makes Horrible Histories special are the amazing covers of popular songs. After six years I still find myself singing to 'Born To Rule' and 'My Name Is Charles'. The catchy lyrics will get stuck in your head faster than the Flash can run and will help you learn. The one downside is that you may get weird looks if you start to sing out loud to the songs in public (Trust me on this!). Everyday life has never been the same, but my friends and I have had great fun trying and failing to sing our favourite songs in tune.

Overall this show is a must watch, especially if you like history or comedy. With an amazingly witty cast and crew this show will have you begging for more episodes (but, since this is a BBC show, you shouldn't hold your breath).

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