Horrible Histories (2009 TV series)

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Horrible Histories is a British children's sketch comedy television series, part of the children's history franchise of the same name based on the books written by Terry Deary. The show was produced for CBBC by Lion Television with Citrus Television.

The TV show carries over the graphic style and much of the content of the Horrible Histories book series. It maintains the franchise's overall irreverent but accurate focus on the dark, gruesome or scatological aspects of British and other Western world history, spanning from the Stone Age to the post-World War II era. Individual historical eras or civilisations are defined and named as in the books, with sketches from several different time periods combined within a single episode.

In 2011, a spin-off game show, Horrible Histories: Gory Games, was launched on CBBC. In the same year, the original show was repackaged for main channel BBC One as Horrible Histories with Stephen Fry, with Fry replacing the puppet rat as presenter.

Cast[change | change source]

Supporting cast:

Guest starring:


Additional Voices:

Features[change | change source]

These are the eras and civilizations that feature in the TV series:

  • Savage Stone Age
  • Groovy Greeks
  • Rotten Romans
  • Potty Pioneers
  • Putrid Pirates
  • Slimy Stuarts
  • Smashing Saxons
  • Cut-Throat Celts
  • Terrible Tudors
  • Measly Middle Ages
  • Frightful First World War
  • Woeful Second World War
  • Vile Victorians
  • Vicious Vikings
  • Ruthless Rulers
  • Awful Egyptians
  • Gorgeous Georgians
  • Incredible Incas
  • Awesome USA
  • Savage Songs
  • Angry Aztecs
  • Fabulous French
  • Nasty Knights
  • Wild Warriors
  • Radical Renaissance
  • Shocking Scotland
  • Troublesome 20th Century

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Horrible Histories received numerous domestic and international awards and nominations, including several BAFTA Children's Awards, two British Comedy Awards and a Rose d'Or Award for Best Children's Programme. It is the first children's programme to win a British Comedy Award[1] and four successive children's BAFTAs, for Best Comedy.[2] In 2013 the show was also named in a Radio Times poll of all-time greatest British children's TV series, and was cited at No. 8 in a similar Top 50 list presented later the same year by Channel Five.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Miranda leads winners at British Comedy Awards 2010". British Comedy Guide. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. "Horrible Histories wins fourth consecutive children's BAFTA". BBC News Online. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  3. Noah, Sherna (30 July 2013). "Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder join ranks of top children's TV show". The Independent. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  4. Langsworthy, Billy (12 November 2013). "Channel 5 reveals Greatest Kids TV Shows results". Licensing.biz. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.

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