Horrible Histories (2015 TV series)
Horrible Histories is a British sketch comedy children's television series, the second live-action iteration of the book series Horrible Histories written by Terry Deary. Produced by Lion Television for the CBBC, it is a revival of the previous live-action TV series, which had formally ceased production in 2013, and treated as a continuation of the show's previous incarnation beginning with "Series 6". Despite this, episodes from Series 6 and "The Specials II" utilize the Horrible Histories Special title card which the earlier series used for one-off programs; Series 7 instead has the current CBBC logo beneath the series logo.
Logo used for Series 6 and "The Specials II"
|Based on||Horrible Histories by Terry Deary|
|Directed by||Simon Gibney|
|Starring||Tom Stourton, Jessica Ransom, Jalaal Hartley|
|Voices of||John Eccleston (Rattus Rattus)|
|Theme music composer||Richie Webb|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||33|
|Executive producer(s)||Melissa Hardinge|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lion Television|
|Original release||7 February 2015– Present|
|Preceded by||Horrible Histories|
In 2014 CBBC executives announced that, owing to the critical and popular success of the original, discussions were underway regarding some form of return. Original series star Mathew Baynton subsequently confirmed that he and the other five members of the starring cast would not be reuniting as a team for the new project.
The resulting series, while sharing the same core concept, genre and sensibilities as its predecessor—including an original parody song in each episode—follows a notably different format. In lieu of the previous short, unconnected sketches from randomly-selected time periods, the new series consists of specials focusing on the specific life and times of one prominent historical figure. It will also involve a largely all-new production team and cast, while still retaining Greg Jenner as lead historical consultant and many of the original series's writers. In addition, original stars Sarah Hadland, Simon Farnaby, Lawry Lewin and Jim Howick returned in limited roles, with Farnaby in particular reprising his role as Death. Several prominent UK comedy veterans, including Ben Miller, Kathryn Drysdale, Kevin Eldon, Tom Rosenthal and Rowan Atkinson, guest-starred as the spotlighted figures.
In February 2015, the new series debuted with an episode drawing on the events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta, timed to coincide with the BBC's larger commemoration of the document's 800-year anniversary before being followed by a run of fourteen episodes. 2016 saw the broadcast of three specials to mark certain events throughout that year: 400 years since Shakespeare died, the BBC's "Love to Read" campaign, and 350 years since the Great Fire of London. There was a slight change in cast where the main stars Jalaal Hartley, Tom Stourton and Jessica Ransom continued with some of the supporting cast, while a number of the sixth series cast, including the two original members Jim Howick and Simon Farnaby were absent.
A full-length seventh series is currently airing every Monday on CBBC. Hartley, Ransom and Stourton continue alongside Gemma Whelan and Richard David-Caine who stayed on from the 2016 specials; Ryan Sampson now makes up the sixth main cast member. This time, Series 7 focuses each episode on a theme, e.g. music, explorers, medicine, presidents etc. The format is very much the same with recurring sketches, a song or two each episode (with the main songs now placed at the end of each episode, except for Ruthless Rulers), animated characters in-between sketches and quiz questions asked by various historical figures. One notable difference is that of host Rattus Rattus, who has his own storyline based on the theme of the episode and is appearing in many different costumes. Guest-stars include Sanjeev Bhaskar with various roles, as he did in Series 6, and First Dates host Fred Sirieix who appears for 'Historical First Dates' sketches to host.
An eighth series began filming in September 2018, due to air in mid-2019 on CBBC.
These are the cast who have appeared in all or most of the episodes:
- Richard Atwill (2016 Specials)
- Richard David-Caine (2016 Specials - present)
- Simon Farnaby (Series 6)
- Jalaal Hartley (Series 6 - present
- Harrie Hayes (Series 8)
- Jim Howick (Series 6)
- Samson Kayo (Series 7)
- Naz Osmanoglu (Series 6)
- Jessica Ransom (Series 6 - present)
- Adam Riches (Series 6)
- Ryan Sampson (Series 7)
- Tom Stourton (Series 6 - present)
- Thom Tuck (2016 Specials)
- Mike Wozniak (Series 8)
- Gemma Whelan (2016 Specials - Series 7)
- Michael Abubakar (Series 8)
- Lolly Adefope  (Series 7)
- Sanjeev Bhaskar (Series 6 - Series 7)
- Louise Ford (Series 6 - Series 7)
- Katherine Jakeways (Series 6)
- Lawry Lewin (Series 6)
- Jason Lewis (Series 6)
- Bhavna Limbachia (Series 6)
- Dan Li (Series 6 - Series 7)
- Emily Lloyd-Saini (Series 8)
- James McNicholas (Series 7 - Series 8)
- Dominique Moore (Series 6 - 2016 Specials)
- Tom Palmer (Series 7)
- Daniel Lawrence Taylor (2016 Specials)
- Giles Terera (Series 6)
- Danielle Vitalis (Series 8)
- Natalie Walter (Series 6 - 2016 Specials)
- Ellie White (Series 7 - Series 8)
- Sophie Wu (Series 6 - Series 7)
|First aired||Last aired|
|Specials||3||19 April 2016||5 September 2016|
|6||15||7 February 2015||24 August 2015|
|7||15||15 June 2017||7 May 2018|
Series 6 (2015)Edit
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|601||"Crooked King John and Magna Carta"||Ben Ward, Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, Steve Punt, George Sawyer, Daniel Maier||7 February 2015|
And I would say 800 Years (parody of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers)
King John: The Story So Far - Quarrelling with his brother and being a joke to his family doesn’t leave John with a very good name.
HHTV News: Reporting live from the bizarre coronation of topless King John who struggles to keep his crown on!
King John's X-Treme Survival: Trees, moss, leaves and rivers are not needed when you have servants carrying around a bed!
Saladin explains his cunningly cruel plan for the Crusades... eventually!
History's Craziest Fools: Renauld de Châtillon - Mr. H introduces one mean medieval man (parody of World's Craziest Fools).
Historical Restrooms: A businessman uses a Medieval toilet, only to be accompanied by desperate peasants with desperate measures.
Battle of the Day: The mean Mongol, Genghis Khan, storms over the world with many gruesome victories, but in the studio Geoff and Jamie try to look at the positive impact he had on the Earth (parody of Match of the Day).
The Real Plantagenet Hustle: John ‘Lackland’ shows off his best cons to get money and land off his people who can’t refuse! (parody of The Real Hustle)
A rap battle commences at Runnymede when the Barons tell King John to sign the Magna Carta (parody of Epic Rap Battles of History).
Chatty Death: Death displeases King John with the progress of the Magna Carta his brothers fame today (parody of Alan Carr: Chatty Man and The Graham Norton Show).
|602||"Awesome Alfred the Great"||James Bugg, Dave Cohen, Gerrard Foster, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, Steve Punt, Howard Read, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||25 May 2015|
I'm Out of Town (parody of "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran)
A preview for the series "The Saxons": It is only a matter of time before the weakest, youngest man of the family finds himself heir to the throne (parody of The Hills, The Kardashians and Made In Chelsea).
Aethelred and Alfred are up against the Vikings at the Battle of Ashdown, 871 AD, and Aethelred does his best to keep the Vikings away... by praying!
One local business women gets herself in trouble after some confusion with the new Viking form of insult: sarcasm.
I'm a Tang Celebrity: Empress Wu Zetian easily passes the Bushtucker trial, with many of her national food favourites on the menu (parody of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!).
Who Do I Wish I Was?: Welsh monk Asser helps King Alfred discover his family tree, or at least what he would like his family tree to look like (parody of Who Do You think You Are?).
Historical Shopping Channel: King Alfred advertises some of his not-so-great inventions, which aren’t for killing Vikings.
Kings we get from the Saxon era: Some of the many Saxon Kings from around the world and their rather odd names.
Horrible Histories Health Direct: Some Saxon and Egyptian advice on stomach troubles are given, as well as the popular Aztec cure of chocolate
History's Craziest Fools: Pope Stephen VI - One crazy Pope takes former-Pope Formosus to court, despite the condition he is in, and claims he can see 'right through' his case!
England’s great schools, army, villages and many other great things are not quite the talk of Europe, as King Alfred discovers it is in fact much more personal!.
Chatty Death: Although he is pleased about his great title, Alfred is not impressed that of all his work, he is remembered for the story of him and the cakes!.
|603||"Wicked William the Conqueror"||Dave Cohen, Howard Davison, Justin Edwards, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, Howard Read, George Sawyer, Joe Tucker, Raphael Warner, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||1 June 2015|
Norman Style (parody of "Gangnam Style" by Psy)
A preview for the series "The Normans": After King Edward promises the throne to both of his sons, Harold and William, things aren’t made very easy!
Despite being rivals to the throne, William and Harold hang out together as brothers, despite Harold being forced to swear an oath
Historical Desktops: William organizes his invasion via tablet after learning things hadn't gone to plan and Harold is King of England.
History's Craziest Fools: William the Conqueror - Wicked William makes his first mistake when landing in England
Battle of the Day: the Battle of Hastings - The most famous battle in history kicks off as the Saxons fight the Normans in Hastings, 1066
Let's Blow Stuff Up!: Some of the many explosive things made by the Ancient Chinese get blown up!
Amazing Scientists: The man who is seen as the world’s first true scientist, Ibn al-Haytham, explains some of his great ideas and why he must act crazily.
Let's Talk About Art: the Bayeux Tapestry - Brian Gruel goes to see the making of the tapestry-or rather embroidery-and soon learns the truth behind the masterpiece.
The Great Saxon Bake Off: One Saxon peasant serves up the only thing she can when the harvest isn’t ready-rye bread, with added madness as a side-effect (parody of The Great British Bake Off).
William's servants' attempts to loot him after his death turn into a game of statues.
Chatty Death: Death displeases William with the details of his gory funeral.
|604||"Mardy Mary Queen of Scots"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Justin Edwards, Gerard Foster, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||8 June 2015|
Queenian Rhapsody (parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen)
A preview for "Mary Queen of Scots": The story so far of Mary, crowned as a baby and forced to flee to France, marrying Francis and becoming Queen.
The five Mary’s live happily in France, until the news of Francis’ death reaches them.
Tudor gentlemen soon learn the 'rough' side to wearing large ruffs.
The Great Tudor Bake Off: Gilbert and Percy cook up some Tudor bread which proves to take some time.
Historical Desktops: Mary announces on a dating site via computer about her return whilst looking for a husband.
Tudor Togs: dress up as your favourite queen; will you choose young and pretty Mary, or will you choose her rival, old and ugly Elizabeth? Bear in mind it’s illegal to dress up as a monarch in the 16th century.
Historical Desktops: Mary looks for another husband via smart phone, and explains what happened to her previous husbands.
Historical Restrooms: When one businessman looks for a toilet, he meets Mr. John Harington who introduces him to the world’s first flushing toilet, which is still in need of a few minor improvements-and perhaps some toilet paper!
Amazing Scientists: Brian meets Tycho Brahe from the Tudor era, who amazes him with Tudor Science… and his apparent pet elf!
Historical Desktops: Mary again looks for another royal husband via tablet to help in her future conquest of England
History's Craziest Fools: Mr. H takes a look at the Battle of Lepanto, 1571, where the Ottomans start a dance off, and fire fruit!
Chatty Death: Mary compares her life with Elizabeth I, and it seems that Mary’s enemy was better off than she was!
|605||"Naughty Napoleon"||Dave Cohen, Justin Edwards, Gerard Foster, Benjamin Partridge, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||15 June 2015|
Napoleon Boneparte (parody of Skrillex and David Guetta)
Napoleon waits patiently to get into the French Army, whilst the French revolution happens, executing the monarchs as well as French soldiers for being disloyal.
Napoleon returns to meet his beloved Josephine, who soon gets annoyed at Napoleon’s behavior.
Sake Dean Mahomet presents his brand new hair cleaning device, ‘shampoo’.
Edward Jenner advertises his new solution to smallpox, which proves effective compared to the old method.
Battle of the Day: Watch Napoleon's slow conquest of Europe, as even his losses are wins as far as France knows!
The Duke of Wellington learns that Napoleon was not destroyed as he had thought and thus it’s time for battle!
Waterloo Fest 1815: The French decide to wait for the ground to dry up, meanwhile the British decide to have a party before fighting! As for the Prussians, their leader, General Blucher, thinks he is pregnant with an elephant!
Historical Countryfile: Exiled to Another edition - Napoleon’s last exile on St. Helena is where he decides to take a spot of gardening. Peaceful? Not a chance! (parody of Countryfile)
Chatty Death: Napoleon talks about his rise and fall, whilst Death winds him up about his temper and height
|606||"Horrid Henry VIII"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Chris Chantler, Justin Edwards, Gerard Foster, Greg Jenner, Benjamin Partridge, Steve Punt, George Sawyer, Howard Read, Daniel Maier||22 June 2015|
A Little More Reformation (parody of "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley)
A preview for Dull Dad: Henry must learn there’s more to being a King than fighting, but his dad tells him otherwise leaving a very bored Henry.
HHTV Sport: Henry VIII shows what he can do in sport, before getting ready for the incredibly (not) thrilling wood-sawing contest
Henry returns from France with a small victory, only to find his wife, Catherine of Aragon has defeated his no. 1 enemy, the Scots, and his guard doesn’t help brighten his outshined mood.
History's Craziest Fools: Zhengde Emperor - The crazy Chinese emperor almost gets killed in an explosion, torn to pieces by a tiger and drowned- all of which are his fault-yet he suffers a far more ironic death.
An Evening with Cardinal Wolsey: Wolsey reveals the two secrets to his success, but is soon disturbed when Henry’s lady in waiting gets sick of waiting for a divorce - chop-chop Wolsey! (parody of An Evening with...)
Suleiman the Magnificent sets his children an unusual task to succeed him, which doesn’t fill them with joy.
My Big Fat Tudor Wedding: Cromwell convinces Henry to marry Anne of Cleves, but the couple soon regret it after marriage-and so does Cromwell! (parody of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding).
Historical Clinic: A Tudor doctor's idea of treating the lurgy on a modern patient turns out less than comforting.
Chatty Death: Henry talks about his reign, and his young athletic years, only to be disgusted when the talk of his food and wives is made primary conversation!
|607||"Crafty Cleopatra"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Toby Davies, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, George Sawyer, Howard Read, Daniel Maier||29 June 2015|
I Can't Go On (Parody of Pop Music)
A preview for The Egyptians: Cleopatra marries her dad until he dies, and then her annoying little brother
History's Craziest Fools: Ptolemy XIII - Some brothers hate their sisters, but Ptolemy hates his sister Cleo so much he declares civil war on her!
Historical Mastermind: Clever Cleo takes on the ‘Everything’ category.
Caesar seems unable to get a grip on the floors of Cleo's palace as he brings her great news.
Egyptian One Born Every Minute: Cleopatra gives birth, with strange Egyptian and Roman customs (parody of One Born Every Minute).
A preview for the DVD Confucius: Confuciusly Confusing! - Confucius has some strange sayings which are even more popular with a few funnier changes!
what CLEO did next: Cleo’s marriage with Caesar continues, until he drops dead-soon to be replaced by Mark Anthony (parody of What Katie Did Next).
One man goes collecting wee, and soon finds out why not to collect it in the slums!
Two Brits barter with a cow-based money system
Octavian eventually convinces his men they must go to war against Mark Antony -even if it’s for the most ridiculous reason!
Chatty Death: Cleo talks about her clever, ravishing legacy - as well as the deaths she experienced.
|608||"Gorgeous George III"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Justin Edwards, Gerard Foster, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Benjamin Partridge, Steve Punt, George Sawyer, Daniel Maier||6 July 2015|
Courtlife (parody of "Parklife" by Blur)
Young George believes he’s more popular than ever, but his poor servant gets the brunt of the attempts on the King's life.
A promotion for Clara the Rhino on tour has the world thrilled with this new species.
George bores his family to insanity with his talk of potatoes, clocks and buttons, leaving some rather marrying a stranger!
Words we get from India: Along with cotton, tea, and spices we also get many words from India which are taught through the actions of one mugger
Battle of the Day: Patriots vs Loyalists - The Americans are revolting against the English, wanting their land back to themselves, but with an army of farmers and help from the French, can they take control?
Dinner etiquette with George is determined by his guests' role of importance -but they’d better be quick!
Historical Clinic: a Georgian doctor's idea of curing acne isn't good as it sounds (and it doesn’t sound very good either!).
Historical Countryfile: George tends to the royal farm, explaining about the Prussian ambassador (or rather a tree) and lets loose his identity as Ralph Robinson trying to explain clock rotation to the newspapers.
Flea-infested William the Macaroni and the slowly prepared Charles the dandy battle it out on Historical Catwalk's Georgian Men Final (parody of Project Catwalk).
HHTV News: The Prince Regent's undermining of the throne seems to be not as exciting as watching the King jump around being a kangaroo.
Chatty Death: George III talks to the similar looking Death about his long reign, disappointed by his remaining image as being mad.
|609||"Bolshy Boudica"||Beth Chalmers, Dave Cohen, Justin Edwards, Benjamin Partridge, George Sawyer, Amy Shindler, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||13 July 2015|
Wreck 'Em All (parody of "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus)
Ave! Magazine: Fit Brit Celtic Boudica’s lives the luxurious Roman life.
History's Craziest Fools: Emperor Caligula - Cruel Caligula threatens to kill his guests when they don’t clap loudly at a play, or when he’s joking-which is difficult to tell when!
Boudica's loss of her husband has unexpected consequences when Boudica turns against her loved Roman lifestyle.
A Roman family move next door to a Celtic family, and one another don’t quite appreciate each other’s traditions!
Historical Grand Designs: Grand Destructions edition shows Boudica’s plan to bash the Romans starting with knocking down Colchester and setting it alight! (parody of Grand Designs).
Historical Desktops: Using his tablet, Emperor Nero doesn’t seem bothered at first by Boudica, but when you dislike his Boo-Tube videos, you’re History!
Historical Clinic: Cough medicine is out of the question for a Celtic druid-eating mice and bathing in an ox’s blood is much more realistic.
Battle of the Day: Boudica vs Romans - The Rotten Romans outnumbered, fight the Cut-Throat Celts in-closed! A gory battle, where Chris Staycalmer reports, whilst in the studio the death of the dogs is remised.
Chatty Death: Boudica talks about her struggle against the Romans whilst Death learns how funny his skeleton friends can be
|610||"Wily Winston Churchill"||Beth Chalmers, Chris Chantler, Dave Cohen, Toby Davies, Justin Edwards, Gerard Foster, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Benjamin Partridge, Howard Read, George Sawyer, Amy Shindler, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||20 July 2015|
Starring Jim Howick as Winston Churchill
Your Finest hour (parody of "My Way" by Frank Sinatra)
Churchill advertises for his Diary of a Winston Kid book, telling us about his exciting adventures in India and Africa (parody of Diary of a Wimpy Kid).
Historical Grand Designs: Churchill doesn’t count the cost of designing his home, which doesn’t please his wife, nor does his gorilla impression!
Adrian Carton de Wiart's injuries over many wars make painting a portrait of him difficult.
Historical Voice: Winston convinces the judges he has the voice, with his famous speeches broadcast via radio (parody of The Voice UK).
The Great WWII Bake Off: When supplies are short for British folk, there is always one rabbit-like solution.
Historical Restrooms: A businessman is drafted into the war toilets and finds out what Americans did to their toilet paper in the war.
History's Craziest Fools: Churchill and Joseph Stalin have some strange places to go to the toilet, and Mahatma Gandhi has a strange use for two people.
Working at 10 Downing Street under Churchill isn't as easy as it sounds.
Historical Gogglebox: Tellybox edition shows that Churchill doesn't quite keep up to date with all the modern rage (parody of Gogglebox).
Chatty Death: Winston Churchill talks about all the hard work he did for the war effort and is pleased with how he is remembered.
|611||"Tricky Queen Vicky"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Justin Edwards, Greg Jenner, Benjamin Partridge, Howard Read, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||27 July 2015|
Empress of India (parody of Bollywood films)
The young Queen Vicky's 'inspirational' speech unexpectedly turns into a teenage temper tantrum.
Then Magazine: Queen Vicky’s marriage to Albert isn’t the most romantic love story, what with Vicky’s unfinished portrait and Albert fainting.
Vicky's Palace Secrets: Vicky shows us her palace and how pleasant it is to live there, with rats, cold draughts and thieving boys!
Queen Vicky's art collection proves more than Albert can handle with naked necks and knees on display!
Historical Clinic: A Victorian surgeon's idea of sanitation is not so sanitary.
Historical Grand Designs: Breaking up India with a massive hedge sounds like an interesting plan, but reality isn’t that great.
History's Craziest Fools: Ned Kelly - The Australian outlaw was definitely crazy but also had some nifty ideas!
One hopeless doctor attempts to stop the women he often proposes marriage to from riding away on a bicycle with some odd ideas in his book about bicycles and women.
Chatty Death: Queen Vicky talks about her record-breaking reign and her mournful later life.
|612||"'Orrible Oliver Cromwell"||Dave Cohen, Greg Jenner, Benjamin Partridge, Daniel Peak, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||3 August 2015|
The Cruel Necessities (parody of "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book)
Oyez Magazine: Cromwell isn't as impressive in Parliament as he was thought to be.
History's Craziest Fools: Charles I - The foolish King was given the option to make peace with the man who ended up responsible for his own death, and just left him more questions from his question!
Chaos! The Civil War board game: Play rounds and rounds of the Civil War, acting out every confusing step of the Roundheads, Cavaliers, Scots, Irish-the list goes on! (parody of Risk)
A new General calls out a register of weird names in the Roundhead army (animated)
A preview for the film Full Metal Helmet is soon ceased with some misunderstanding of the real Civil War hero, Sir Thomas Farefax (parody of Full Metal Jacket)
Water Beware!: The dangers of drinking water and washing in it in the Stuart era... which can lead to other dangers!
Cromwell denies the right to be king outright, despite much royal treatment and symbolism.
Cromwell's Britain: The things Cromwell banned during his time as leader don’t please one young girl, NoMerit Vynall, who just wants to have some fun.
Chatty Death: Death awkwardly tells ‘Crommus’ about the Restoration and the ever-popular monarchy, leaving him pretty speechless...
|613||"Rotten Rulers"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Justin Edwards, Gerard Foster, Greg Jenner, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||10 August 2015|
Rattus Rattus hosts a compilation of previous sketches from Series 6 as he attempts to become ruler of his rat's nest.Sketches
The Barons and King John have a rap battle at Runnymede
Caesar seems unable to get a grip on the floors of Cleo's palace
Josephine gets annoyed to no end by Napoleon's behaviour
Alfred tries not to let his problems with his sore bottom be mocked
The five Marys go about their business until they learn of Francis' death
History's Craziest Fools: William the Conqueror
My Big Fat Tudor Wedding shows the start of Henry's short marriage to Anne of Cleves
Wily Winston Churchill Song
|614||"It's a Wicked World"||Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Greg Jenner, Steve Punt, George Sawyer, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||17 August 2015|
Rattus Rattus hosts a compilation of previous sketches from Series 6 as he goes on a historical world tour.Sketches
Naughty Napoleon Song
Saladin explains his plan to block the Christians' access to a well during The Crusades
Battle of the Day: Genghis Khan
Historical Catwalk: Medieval Women Final (previously unreleased)
A preview for the DVD Confucius: Confuciusly Confusing Chinese teacher and philosopher isn't too well known! (slightly different version)
I'm a Tang Celebrity: Empress Wu
Words we get from India
History's Craziest Fools: Battle of Lepanto
Historical Restrooms: A businessman uses a Medieval toilet
Tricky Queen Vicky Song
|615||"Savage Songs"||Ben Ward, Dave Cohen, Greg Jenner, George Sawyer||24 August 2015|
Rattus Rattus hosts a compilation of songs from Series 6 as he tries to become a music megastar.Songs
Horrid Henry VIII Song: A Little More Reformation
Awesome Alfred the Great Song: I'm Out of Town
Bolshy Boudica Song: Wreck 'em All
Wicked William the Conqueror Song: Norman Style
Mardy Mary Queen of Scots Song: Queenian Rhapsody
Crafty Cleopatra Song: I Can't Go On
Crooked King John and Magna Carta Song: And I would say 800 Years.
The Specials II (2016)Edit
|Title||Written by||Original air date|
|"Sensational Shakespeare"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Toby Davies, Gerard Foster, Danny Peak, Steve Punt, George Sawyer, Joe Tucker, Raphael Warner, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||19 April 2016|
Writers in the Pub!
The Plays What I've Written (parody of It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M).
Oh Yea! Magazine: A look at Shakespeare’s unknown early life, glove-making father and loyal wife prove to be quite boring!
Considering a change from actor to writer, Shakespeare attempts to get some advice from some of the writer’s down at the pub, only to be mocked.
H! Entertainment: A look at the top 3 forms of entertainment in the Tudor era leave Shakespeare’s plays just beaten by ‘Jackanapes’ (parody of E! News).
A young Tudor man seeks a job as an actor in one of Shakespeare’s plays, however he learns he has to start at the bottom... literally!
A young Tudor man, Francis, sings with glee when his beloved Catherine accepts marriage. Being in a Tudor street, however, he ends up singing (and getting covered) in urine! (parody of Singin' in the Rain, with special guest star Miles Jupp)
Let’s Talk About Theatre: A shocked presenter discovers the state of Tudor theatres as well as finding out the inspiration behind Romeo and Juliet-Romeus and Juliet!
A Tudor doctor advertises the importance of NOT eating your five-a-day.
A Tudor man who seeks the job as an actor in Shakespeare’s plays is disappointed with the young woman he’s playing.
Horrible Histories Horticultural Society Garden Show in the time of William Shakespeare (or HHHSGSITTOWS): Taking a look at the best Tudor gardening methods to keep pests away and the finding out why the Ottoman ‘Head’ Gardener is called so (parody of RHS flower shows).
Historical Desktops: While using his tablet, the Bard quickly comes up with a play for King James I, to earn the title of ‘The King’s Men’.
A Tudor man who had been seeking for a suitable job as an actor in one of Shakespeare’s plays has finally been granted a part, what he fears however is the awfully realistic bear noises the other ‘actor’ is making .
Escape to the Historical Country: Shakespeare buys his new country home in Stratford-upon-Avon. (parody of Escape to the Country)
Shakespeare and his wife go to their local market, but are soon interrupted when people start quoting him.
Horrible Publishing: Shakespeare attempts to get his work published in a slightly different format, however it seems everything of his original ideas has been used. (featuring special guest star Mel Giedroyc)
|"Staggering Storytellers"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Ben Partridge, Danny Peak, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||11 July 2016|
An episode dedicated to the BBCs 'Love to Read' campaign through 2016.
Comedy (parody of Tragedy by Bee Gees)
Book Magic (parody of Little Mix's Black Magic)
Early man puts on a show, telling a story through cave paintings.
Tips for Struggling Writers No. 12: D.H. Lawrence explains what bizarre thing he does when he gets a case of writer’s block.
The Great Storytellers Bake Off: Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll and Enid Blyton compete in a Bake Off, cooking up worm cake, edible teacups and water that can shrink its consumer!
Famous Indian storyteller, Vishnu Sharma, struggles to get his stories' morals across to one family.
Tips for Struggling Writers No. 17: George Eliot explains her solution to how female writers in Victorian times can be taken seriously.
William Caxton struggles to deal with a customer who does not quite understand that there is only one book printed in English in the whole medieval world.
Three famous fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes and Chevalier Auguste Dupin, arrive at the scene of a supposed murder, only to be left arguing over which one of them was the greatest.
Tips for Struggling Writers No. 64: Beatrix Potter explains the downside to writing in code.
John William Polidori and Mary Shelley come up with ‘The Vampyre’ and ‘Frankenstein’ on the same night during a scary storytelling competition at Lord Byron’s house.
Tips for Struggling Writers No. 80: Alfred, Lord Tennyson reveals his top party trick to keep him amused.
HHTV News: Charles Dickens arrives in America, 1867, only to be smothered by a large crowd of fans and lovers.
Horrible Publishing: The Bronte Sisters try to get their work published, forgetting all about the Bronte brother.
|"The Grisly Great Fire Of London"||Dave Cohen, Sarah Morgan, Danny Peak, Steve Punt, Joe Tucker, Danielle Ward, Raphael Warner, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier||5 September 2016|
Starting Over Again (parody of One Direction's "Over Again")
Come to Restoration (Plague-ridden) England: the joys of Restoration Britain with no more Cromwell and thus the return of theatre and sport, but surely not the plague? (parody of VisitEngland)
Charles II and his friends and family celebrate a New Year’s Eve Party as the end of the dreadful plague-ridden 1665 closes, the hopes are 1666 can only be better!
HHTV News: The Great Fire of London breaks out in Pudding Lane with some strange accusations about who started it.
Historical Desktops: Through his tablet, Samuel Pepys fails to get the King or Lord Mayor Bludwin to deal with the fire that has broken out, who don’t seem very concerned!
Knightmayor: Lord Mayor Bludwin figures the best solution to the Great Fire is to go to sleep or hide! (parody of Knightmare)
HHTV News: The Great Fire on its second Day, and the Duke of York grabs hold of some help, literally.
Caribbean Pirates Rupert and Henry stop amid battle as they recognise one another from their Civil War days fighting for the King and stop for a nice conversation.
The Great Fire Bake Off: Thomas Farriner tries cooking something other than London, infuriated that is all that is known of him, whilst author Hannah Wooley teaches Paul some table manners.
HHTV News: The fire is finally extinguished and many are searching for their lost beloved ones, including the devastated Samuel Pepys searching for his buried cheese!
Prime Suspects 1666: The hunt is on for the person who started the fire, and the boss is determined to find out, or at least choose who to blame (parody of Prime Suspect)
Let's Talk About Science: The more eccentric side is show to the Royal Society, as Newton explains his odd ideas, Wren tries to teach a spider to dance and Boyle succeeds in making a dead dog wee, much to the horror of one posh presenter.
Historical Grand Designs: Wren and Hooke plan to re-build London and design a new cathedral, making the most of the tragedy which Wren sees as brilliant.
Series 7 (2017-18)Edit
Greg Jenner revealed in July 2016 that Horrible Histories would continue for another full-length series in 2017 of fifteen episodes. Between September 5 and September 23, the BBC ran a competition to write a sketch for Horrible Histories with the winning entry by Abigail Innes (age 8) from Hull being filmed as part of the seventh series.
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|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|701||"Monstrous Musicians"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Paul Davighi, Ben Partridge, Danny Peak, Howard Read, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||25 June 2017|
An episode dedicated to the BBCs 'Music Day' campaign through 2017.
|702||"Exceptional Explorers"||Beth Chalmers, Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Gerrard Foster, Danny Peak, Amy Shindler, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||24 July 2017|
An episode dedicated to the history of exploration.
|703||"Ridiculous Romantics"||Jake Bernhardt, Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, The Dawson Brothers, Gaby Hutchinson Crouch, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||31 July 2017|
An episode all about weird romance throughout history.
|704||"Atrocious Artists"||James Bugg, Dave Cohen, Ben Partridge, The Dawson Brothers, Daniel Peak, Steve Punt, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||7 August 2017|
An episode all about the history of art, from the very first drawings on walls in caves to pop art.
|705||"Heroic Heroes And Villainous Villains"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Danny Peak, Howard Read, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||14 August 2017|
An episode highlighting various heroic and villainous figures throughout history.
|706||"Ingenious Inventors"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Danny Peak, Howard Read, Ben Ward, Gemma Whelan, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||21 August 2017|
An episode dedicated to history of human invention, from the wheel to television.
|707||"Preposterous US Presidents"||Lucy Clarke, Gerard Foster, Jess Ransom, Howard Read, George Sawyer, Joe Tucker, Ben Ward, Raphael Warner, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||28 August 2017|
An episode highlighting the life and times of selected US presidents.
|708||"Ruthless Rulers"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Sarah Morgan, Danny Peak, Howard Read, Tom Stourton, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||4 September 2017|
An episode about rulers of all kinds, good and bad.
Song: Warlords from Hell. (Parody of Highway to Hell by AC/DC) Performed by Ryan Sampson, Tom Stourton, Samson Kayo and Dan Li.
|709||"Revolting Russian Revolutions"||Jack Bernhardt, Dave Cohen, Gerard Foster, Sarah Morgan, Danny Peak, Howard Read, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||11 September 2017|
An episode celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution
|710||"Horrid Health"||Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Howard Davidson, Gerard Foster, Sarah Morgan, Danny Peak, Ben Ward, Daniel Maier, Christine Rose, Martin Trenaman||18 September 2017|
A history of the weird and wacky ideas about health.
Songs: The Grime Master St. Jerome
|711||"Formidable Florence Nightingale"||TBA||6 November 2017 (DVD)|
8 March 2018 (TV)
There is much more to Florence Nightingale than being 'The Lady with the Lamp'. We follow Florence as she embarks on her journey to help the soldiers in the Crimean War, and in doing so changes the world of nursing forever. Not to mention her obsession with unusually named cats. All with your trusty guide Rattus to lead the way.
I Brought About (parody of Chandelier by Sia). Performed by Jessica Ransom.
|712||"Deadly Dynasties"||TBA||6 November 2017 (DVD)|
7 May 2018 (TV)
Horrible Histories takes a look at some of the most famous families that have shaped the world, including the Romanovs of Russia, the Tudors of England, and Ramesses and his children in Ancient Egypt ... all 162 of them! The First Emperor of China Qin Shi Huang takes the mic, and Rattus invites his nephew, Scrappus, to help explore the Great Rattus dynasty, but as we discover families are never straight forward.
Qin Shi Huang (parody of Cheerleaders)
|713||"Savage Songs"||TBA||6 November 2017 (DVD)|
7 May 2018 (TV)
An episode featuring songs from the series. Join the Horrible Hearts Club Band to sing through music, or go Downtown Threat with Al Capone.|
Hello, it's a me
The Warlords from Hell
Shaka Zulu gives a quiz about what he did when his mummy died.
Scott from the Antarctic gives a quiz on what happened to his exploring dogs.
All about this Base
Florence Nightingale asks what her pet was, not a cat.
They were the heroes
Music, Music, Music
|714||"Awesome Ancient Civilisations"||TBA||6 November 2017 (DVD)|
7 May 2018 (TV)
The team takes a look at many ancient cultures. |
Sketches: Alex the great finds out about kissing
The Romans, Greeks and Chinese face off in a rap battle.
Emperor Nero performs his concerts on the lyre, where two Romans are dying from the pain
|715||"Terrible Tudors"||TBA||6 November 2017 (DVD)|
7 May 2018 (TV)
|Go through the history of the Tudor dynasty, through from Henry seven to Elizabeth the 1st. Along the way, also find out about Mary 1, in her vlog.|
Series 8 (2019)Edit
An eighth series has been confirmed for 2019.
|2018||Horrible Histories Series 7||Broadcast Award for Best Children's Programme||Won|
|2017||Horrible Histories Special: Crooked King John and Magna Carta||International Emmy Award for Best Kids Factual||Won|
|2017||Horrible Histories Special: Sensational Shakespeare||Broadcast Award for Best Children's Programme||Nominated|
|2016||Horrible Histories Special: Sensational Shakespeare||BAFTA Children's Award for Best Comedy||Won|
|2016||Tom Stourton as William Shakespere||BAFTA Children's Award for Best Performer||Nominated|
|2016||Horrible Histories Special: Sensational Shakespeare||BAFTA Children's Award for Best Writing||Nominated|
|2015||Horrible Histories Series 6||British Comedy Guide Award for Best Sketch Show||Won|
|2016||Horrible Histories Special: Crooked King John and Magna Carta||Kidscreen Award for Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series||Won|
|2016||Horrible Histories Special: Awesome Alfred the Great||Broadcast Award for Best Children's Programme||Nominated|
|2015||Horrible Histories Special: Crooked King John and Magna Carta||BAFTA Children's Award for Best Comedy||Nominated|
|2015||Jessica Ransom as Mary, Queen of Scots||BAFTA Children's Award for Best Performer||Won|
|2015||Horrible Histories Special: Crooked King John and Magna Carta||BAFTA Children's Award for Best Writing||Nominated|
DVD and online releasesEdit
The series, treated as the sixth of the original 2009–2013 run, was released on Region 2 DVD on 31 August 2015. Episodes are also available online through UK iTunes as "Series 6: Rotten Rulers". The 2016 specials were released on DVD under "The Specials II" on 12 September 2016. The seventh series, including its then-unaired episodes, was released on DVD on 6 November 2017 for regions 2 and 4.
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- Video on YouTube
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