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Drunk History (British TV series)

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Drunk History is a British television comedy which began airing on Comedy Central on 12 January 2015. It is based on the American TV series of the same name. In each episode, a celebrity (usually a comedian) struggles to recount an event from British history while intoxicated. Their account is then reconstructed by actors. The show is narrated by Jimmy Carr.[1]

Drunk History
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GenreTelevision comedy
Based onDrunk History
by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner
Directed byTom McKay
Narrated byJimmy Carr
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes28 (inc. two specials) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Lourdes Diaz
Jill Offman
Joe McVey
Andy Brererton
Producer(s)Ben Rogers
CinematographyBen Bee
Editor(s)Stuart Lutes
Guy Tetzner
Andy Kinnear
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Tiger Aspect Productions
Original networkComedy Central
MTV (Geordie Shore special)
Original release12 January 2015 (2015-01-12) –
Related showsDrunk History
External links
Official website
Production website

The second series began broadcasting in February 2016. A special edition featuring Holly Hagan and Gaz Beadle from the MTV show Geordie Shore was broadcast on MTV on 23 February 2016.

The third series began airing on 8 March 2017 at 10pm on Comedy Central UK.[2]



Series 1Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Episode One"12 January 2015 (2015-01-12)

Rob Beckett (3 pints of lager, 8 whiskies and 6 shots of sambucas) on Henry VIII, starring Tom Davis as Henry VIII of England and Mathew Horne as Thomas Cromwell.

Kerry Howard (7 vodka and tonics and 3 shots of sambucas) on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, starring Rebecca Front as Queen Victoria and Joel Fry as Prince Albert.

James Acaster (3 Piña Coladas, 5 whiskey sours and 5 beers) on The Black Death.
2"Episode Two"19 January 2015 (2015-01-19)
Tom Rosenthal on The Great Fire of London, Andrew Maxwell on grave robbers Burke and Hare and Rob Beckett on Queen Victoria's unwanted cheese.
3"Episode Three"26 January 2015 (2015-01-26)
Romesh Ranganathan on Tutankhamen, Joe Lycett on highwayman Dick Turpin and Tom Rosenthal explains why Lord Byron had a pet bear.
4"Episode Four"2 February 2015 (2015-02-02)
Joe Lycett on the Kray twins and Ben Ashenden and Russell Kane on Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.
5"Episode Five"9 February 2015 (2015-02-09)

Russell Kane (1 vodka martini, 3 double Southern Comforts, 2 double vodka & Cokes, and 2 double vodka Red Bulls) talks King Charles II

Alex Horne (7 beers, 2 sambucas, and 1 bottle of wine) on the 1966 World Cup trophy theft

Diane Morgan (7 gin & tonics, and 3 sambucas) chats about Lady Godiva.
6"Episode Six"16 February 2015 (2015-02-16)
Kerry Howard on Blackbeard, Joel Dommett on Colonel Blood and Tiff Stevenson talks Henry VIII.
7"Episode Seven"23 February 2015 (2015-02-23)
James Acaster on Henry II and Thomas Becket, Tiff Stevenson on the discovery of DNA and Romesh Raganathan on William the Conqueror.
8"Episode Eight"2 March 2015 (2015-03-02)

Joel Dommett (4 ciders, 3 glasses of wine, 2 Jager bombs) on Baden Powell and the Boy Scouts, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar as Baden-Powell.

Diane Morgan (2 Sambucas, 7 gin and tonics) on Florence Nightingale, starring Jessica Knappett as Florence Nightinggale and Johnny Vegas as Vicar Andrew.

Andrew Maxwell (3 bottles of Champagne) on the worst zoo ever.

Series 2Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
9"Episode One"3 February 2016 (2016-02-03)

Retelling: Tom Craine (3½ pints of lager and 5 dbl vodka & lemonades) on "The Rise & Fall of Sir Walter Raleigh"

Tom Davis (9 pints of lager and 2 Jägerbombs) on "Robin Hood and Maid Marian”.


Jack Whitehall as Sir Walter Raleigh

Michelle Keegan as Queen Elizabeth I

Mathew Baynton as Robin Hood

Emma Bunton as Maid Marian
10"Episode Two"10 February 2016 (2016-02-10)


Iain Stirling (2 pints of lager and 9 dbl whiskey & cokes) on "Scott of the Antarctic"

Chris Ramsey (16 bottles of lager) on "The Sinking of the Titanic".


Mathew Horne as Robert Falcon Scott

Catherine Tate as Edward Wilson’s Wife

Ben Bailey Smith as Bruce Ismay

Phill Jupitus as Captain Edward John Smith
11"Episode Three"17 February 2016 (2016-02-17)


Isy Suttie (7 glasses of prosecco and 2 sambucas) on “Prince Edward and Mrs Simpson

Ed Gamble (11 dbl gin & tonics and 7 dbl vodka red bulls) on "The Great Escape”.


Tom Stourton as Edward VIII

Greg James as Alan Lascelles

Sophie McShera as Wallis Simpson

Rich Hall as Wally Floody

Dustin Demri-Burns as Roger Bushell

Jaime Laing as a Prisoner
12"Episode Four"2 March 2016 (2016-03-02)
Tom Rosenthal talks about Richard III (featuring Hugh Dennis), while Jessica Knappett tells the story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (featuring Mathew Baynton, Morgana Robinson, Jon Richardson and Vicky Pattison).
13"Episode Five"9 March 2016 (2016-03-09)


Charlotte Ritchie (4 pints of beer and a bottle of white wine) on "The Cottingley Fairies".

Nish Kumar (4 pints of beer and a 1.5 bottles of red wine) on "The Invention of the Telephone".


Catherine Tate as Frances Griffiths

Mathew Horne as Elsie Griffiths

Anthony Head as Alexander Graham Bell

Tim Key as Thomas Edison

Mathew Baynton as Antonio Meucci
14"Episode Six"16 March 2016 (2016-03-16)


Joe Lycett (4 pints of lager, 3 glasses of prosecco and 2 tequila shots) on "The Battle of Trafalgar"

Ellie Taylor (1 glass of prosecco, 6 vodka & diet cokes) on "The Virgin Queen”.


Anthony Head as Admiral Nelson

Alexander MacQueen as Sir Thomas Hardy

Sarah Alexander as Queen Elizabeth I

Brett Goldstein as Robert Dudley
15"Episode Seven"23 March 2016 (2016-03-23)

Retelling: Matt Richardson (13 double gin and tonics) on “Churchill Attacks the Nazis"

Josie Long (2 aperol spritz, 2 campari & oranges, 4 rum & cokes and 3 rum & gingers) on "Dr. Crippen”.


Simon Bird as Winston Churchill

Dustin Demri-Burns as Adolf Hitler

Marek Larwood as Hawley Harvey Crippen

Olivia Colman as Ethel Le Neve
16"Episode Eight"30 March 2016 (2016-03-30)


Tom Parry (5 pints of beer, 1 Jägerbomb, 1 snakebite & black, 5 double rum & cokes) on “Arthur Conan Doyle: Becoming Sherlock"

John Robins (3 pints of ale, 9 double rum & cokes) & Elis James (6 pints of ale, 3 double rum & cokes) on "Battle of Waterloo”.


Bradley Walsh as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Julian Rhind-Tutt as Oscar Slater

Dan Skinner as Wellington

Hugh Dennis as Napoleon
17"Episode Nine"6 April 2016 (2016-04-06)


Nick Helm (6 bottles of beer, 3/4 bottle of Amaretto, 2 double vodka & sodas) on “Battle of Hastings"

Sara Pascoe (7 glasses of Prosecco) on "Catherine Parr”.


Emma Bunton as Catherine Parr

Phill Jupitus as William The Conqueror

Neil Maskell as Henry VIII

Series 3Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
18"Episode One"8 March 2017 (2017-03-08)

Retelling: Brian "Q" Quinn and Sal Vulcano on "The Assassination of James Garfield"

Joel Dommett on "The Dambusters"


Brett Goldstein as James Garfield

Chris O'Dowd as Sir Barnes Wallis

Alexander Armstrong as Sir Arthur Harris

Joe Wilkinson as Doctor Willard Bliss
19"Episode Two"15 March 2017 (2017-03-15)

Retelling: James "Murr" Murray on "Billy The Kid"

Jessica Knappett & Lydia Rose Bewley on "The Royal Rivalry of Elizabeth & Mary"


Rufus Hound as James Dolan

Mathew Horne as Billy the Kid

Katy Brand as Queen Elizabth I

Michelle Keegan as Mary, Queen of Scots

Tim Key as Lord Darnley
20"Episode Three"22 March 2017 (2017-03-22)

Retelling: Russell Kane on "King Arthur"

Iain Stirling on "Eric Liddell"


Rufus Hound as God

Aisling Bea as Guinevere
21"Episode Four"29 March 2017 (2017-03-29)

Retelling: Kerry Howard on "Beatrix Potter"

Joe Lycett on "The Great Train Robbery"


Emma Bunton as Beatrix Potter

Simon Bird as Bruce Reynolds
22"Episode Five"5 April 2017 (2017-04-05)

Retelling: Luisa Omielan on "The Suffragettes"

Tom Rosenthal on "The Battle of Agincourt"


Jessica Hynes as Emmeline Pankhurst

Stephen Mangan as King Henry V
23"Episode Six"12 April 2017 (2017-04-12)


Phil Wang on "Isaac Newton"

Adam Buxton on "King Alfred & The Vikings"


Alexander Armstrong as King Alfred

Joe Wilkinson as Beggar

Matthew Lewis as Edmond Halley

Charlotte Crosby as Hannah Newton
24"Episode Seven"19 April 2017 (2017-04-19)

Retelling: Tom Parry on "John Logie Baird"

Rick Edwards on "The Christmas Truce"


Jamie Laing as Gordon Selfridge

Paul Kaye as John Logie Baird

Stephen Mangan as Lieutenant Sir Edward Hulse

Note: A Different Edit of "The Christmas Truce" was shown as part of the Christmas Special
25"Episode Eight"26 April 2017 (2017-04-26)

Retelling: Judi Love on "The Fall of Charles I"

Miles Jupp on "Operation Mincemeat"


Ashley Walters as King Charles I

Lolly Adefope as Archivist

Mark Benton as Oliver Cromwell
26"Episode Nine"3 May 2017 (2017-05-03)

Retelling: Daniel Sloss on "The Battle of Stirling Bridge"

Tom Davis on "How Shakespeare Went Gangster"


Mark Heap as William Shakespeare

Sian Gibson as Anne Hathaway

Keith Allen as William Wallace


No.TitleOriginal air date
Special"Geordie Shore Special"23 February 2016 (2016-02-23)

A special edition featuring two of the cast from the MTV show Geordie Shore. Holly Hagan tells the story of Henry VIII (Tim Key) creating the Church of England to divorce Catherine of Aragon (Daisy Beaumont) and marry Anne Boleyn (Cariad Lloyd); while Gary Beadle tells the story of how Ian Fleming (Ben Willbond) created the James Bond novels.

Note: This episode was broadcast on MTV rather than Comedy Central.
Special"Christmas Special"21 December 2016 (2016-12-21)
Rick Edwards tells the story of the WW1 Christmas Truce stars Stephen Mangan. Russell Kane narrates the birth of baby Jesus (stars Johnny Vegas, Sally Phillips and Danny John-Jules).


  1. ^ "Drunk History heads to the UK".
  2. ^ Smith, Carl. "Charlotte Crosby and Jamie Laing team up for Comedy Central's Drunk History". Heat. Retrieved 7 March 2017.

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