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Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

CBBC 2009

Sketches, cartoons and quizzes liberally splattered with blood and gore, based on the books published by Scholastic.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories - S1E13

#1 - Rotten Romans #3


Season 1 - Episode 13

A lazy aristocrat invents the sandwich, the Romans host their own revolting cookery show and William Shakespeare is haunted by the ghost of King Richard III.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

Horrible Histories - S4E7

#2 - Gorgeous Georgians


Season 4 - Episode 7

Emperor Napoleon plays in a very unusual chess match, a Victorian inventor builds an anti-seasickness ship with one small design flaw, a snowball fight breaks out at a public execution and the British army hires a dead tramp to defeat the Germans in World War II.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Horrible Histories - S3E6

#3 - Terrible Tudors


Season 3 - Episode 6

Henry VIII promotes his all meat, no vegetables diet plan, Bob Hale struggles desperately to explain the Middle Ages War of the Roses, a Stone Age man invents farming, and Admiral Nelson confuses everyone with his last words.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Horrible Histories - S4E10

#4 - Measly Middle Ages


Season 4 - Episode 10

William the Conqueror has some trouble conquering the town of Ely, Greek philosopher Diogenes reveals his disgusting tactic for getting rid of people he doesn't like, a Saxon joins a modern dating agency and there is a surprise in store for the people on Victorian Wife Swap.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Horrible Histories - S1E6

#5 - Measly Middle Ages #2


Season 1 - Episode 6

An evil Greek god appears on a daytime chat show, a rich Georgian swaps his wife with a peasant, and we meet some weird medieval monsters.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.

Horrible Histories - S3E8
#6 - Measly Middle Ages
Season 3 - Episode 8

HHTV reporter Mike Peabody gets caught up in the French Revolution, Henry VIII enjoys a highly dangerous sport for children, Saxon King Ethelred the Unready suffers online bullying from the Vikings, and the Suffragettes set the record straight in song.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E7
#7 - Terrible Tudors #1
Season 1 - Episode 7

There is a terrible smell in the Houses of Parliament, Cinderella struggles with the Blitz, and Helen of Troy reveals her complicated love life.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Horrible Histories - S2E8
#8 - Vicious Vikings
Season 2 - Episode 8

Some Vikings attack a monastery but can't remember why, a peasant gets a posh makeover on Georgian Fashion Fix, Crimewatch BC tries to solve the murder of Julius Caesar, and prepare to be confused by the Egyptian Hieroglyphics song.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Horrible Histories - S5E11
#9 - Vile Victorians
Season 5 - Episode 11

DI Bones investigates an unusual Victorian traffic accident, Roman scientist Pliny the Elder suffers a Stupid Death in ancient Pompeii, Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill argue online over what to do about Adolf Hitler, and we discover the horrible history of early Australia.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E11
#10 - Terrible Tudors #3
Season 1 - Episode 11

Queen Victoria learns that her British comforts are not very British, a Viking warrior won't stop talking in rhyme, and on 'Axe Factor', the contestants try to become executioners.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.

Last updated: jan 16, 2022



I actually grew up reading the original book series in 1993 and loved every single one. Reminded me why I had loved History so much. So when they made a TV series and I accidently stumbled across this on BBC (I was a father by then of course) I enjoyed it, the songs are catchy and kids know them as there based on recent releases, the episodes are fun and in this day and age, this really helps childern learn about histroy in a fun-fact filled way. With the 6th series now on CBBC in the UK, theres plenty more to Horrible Histories to learn.

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