Horrible Histories

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  • 2009
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.7  (5,865)

Horrible Histories is a British television program that aired on BBC One from 2009 to 2013, and then continued on CBBC until 2019. The show was aimed at children and young audiences, and it aimed to teach them about history through a mix of comedy, music, and sketches.

The show featured a main cast of five actors, who played various roles throughout the series - Ben Willbond, Alice Lowe, Alexei Sayle, Mathew Baynton, and Martha Howe-Douglas. Each episode was themed around a particular period of history or event, such as the Ancient Greeks, the Dark Ages, or the Second World War.

One of the show's most popular segments was the "Song of..." sketches, which saw the cast performing a musical number that taught viewers about a particular historical figure or event. These songs were often catchy and humorous, while still being informative and accurate.

Another popular segment was "Stupid Deaths", which poked fun at the various bizarre and unusual ways in which historical figures met their demise. This segment was narrated by Death himself, played by actor Jim Howick.

The show also featured recurring characters, such as the "Historical Paramedics", who would try and treat historical figures with modern medicine, often with disastrous results. The show also had recurring sketches about the Tudors, with Willbond playing a variety of characters such as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.

Throughout its run, Horrible Histories received critical acclaim for its approach to teaching children about history. The show was praised for its ability to make often-dry historical subjects engaging and entertaining, while still being educational. It also tackled subjects that were not often covered in children's entertainment, such as the often gruesome realities of life in the ancient world.

Horrible Histories also spawned a number of spin-offs and adaptations, including a series of books, a stage show, and a movie. The movie, which was released in 2019, adapted the show's approach to history into a narrative format, following a young Roman boy who is transported through time to various periods of history.

Overall, Horrible Histories was a groundbreaking show that managed to mix comedy and education in a way that appealed to both children and adults. Its legacy has continued long after its run ended, and it remains a beloved part of British television history.

Horrible Histories is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (105 episodes). The series first aired on April 16, 2009.

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Savage Songs
15. Savage Songs
August 24, 2015
The award winning Horrible Histories returns for a special featuring all your favorite songs from the series! Sing along about his burnt cakes with King Alfred, or Henry VIII' love of reformation - or get down Norman Style with William The Conqueror.
It's a Wicked World
14. It's a Wicked World
August 17, 2015
The award winning Horrible Histories returns for a special featuring all your favorite bits from the series, whizzing around the world to visit the ghastly Genghis Khan, the wise Confucius and witnessing a dance off during a naval battle!
Rotten Rulers
13. Rotten Rulers
August 10, 2015
The award winning Horrible Histories returns for a special featuring all your favorite bits from the series with a host of Rotten Rulers, including Naughty Napoleon annoying his Josephine, and Horrid Henry VIII getting married, again!
'Orrible Oliver Cromwell
12. 'Orrible Oliver Cromwell
August 3, 2015
We follow Oliver Cromwell as he rises from obscurity, challenges King Charles I in the English Civil War, and ultimately orders the King's execution - as he says, as it was a Cruel Necessity (cue music)!
Tricky Queen Vicky
11. Tricky Queen Vicky
July 27, 2015
We meet young Victoria as she becomes Queen aged only 18, marries her true love Albert, and has to put up with the open sewers at the not-so-luxurious Buckingham Palace. Meanwhile across the world we catch up with Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.
Wily Winston Churchill
10. Wily Winston Churchill
July 20, 2015
We follow Winston Churchill from a young soldier in India during the time of Queen Victoria, through the First World War, to victory in World War Two, and finally to his retirement in the Swinging Sixties - what a journey!
Bolshy Boudica
9. Bolshy Boudica
July 13, 2015
We follow King George III from a young unpopular King to a much loved figure some 60 years later, and check out a bit of his Court Life along the way. Meanwhile across the world we hear about some of the words we have got from India.
Gorgeous George III
8. Gorgeous George III
July 6, 2015
We follow King George III from a young unpopular King to a much loved figure some 60 years later, and check out a bit of his Court Life along the way. Meanwhile across the world we hear about some of the words we have got from India.
Crafty Cleopatra
7. Crafty Cleopatra
June 29, 2015
We meet Cleopatra as she clashes with her brother, seizes power, and hooks up with great Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Meanwhile across the world we catch up with the thoughts of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius.
Horrid Henry VIII
6. Horrid Henry VIII
June 22, 2015
We meet the young Henry VIII as he struggles with his boring dad, Henry VII, before becoming King himself, and going through wives like most people go through toothbrushes!
Naughty Napoleon
5. Naughty Napoleon
June 15, 2015
We follow Napoleon as he rises from humble beginnings to be the Emperor of France, bashing most of Europe along the way, and ultimately meeting his Waterloo at, well, Waterloo!
Mardy Mary Queen of Scots
4. Mardy Mary Queen of Scots
June 8, 2015
This episode follows the young Mary as she stumbles from young girl in Scotland to queen in France, back to queen in Scotland and finally to Elizabeth I's public enemy no 1 - with a bit of Queenian Rhapsody thrown in for good measure!
Wicked William the Conqueror
3. Wicked William the Conqueror
June 1, 2015
We meet young William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, as he quarrels with Harold Godwinson about who should be King of England, before bashing the English and taking the crown at the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066!
Awesome Alfred the Great
2. Awesome Alfred the Great
May 25, 2015
Watch Alfred the Great argue with his older brothers then defeat the Vikings using his cunning hit-and-run tactics, summoning the spirit of Ed Sheeran. Meanwhile, across the world, Ant and Dec host a very special Chinese edition of I'm A Celebrity.
Crooked King John and Magna Carta
1. Crooked King John and Magna Carta
February 7, 2015
Watch King John annoy the Barons and agree Magna Carta at Runnymede, after a banging Rap Battle. Meanwhile across the world we meet the formidable Genghis Khan in Mongolia, and catch up with the crafty Saladin during the Crusades.
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Where to Watch Horrible Histories
Horrible Histories is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Horrible Histories on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 16, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (5,865)