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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 24 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 - S4E10

#3 - 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 - S3E6

#4 - 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 14 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 33 votes.

Horrible Histories - S1E7

#6 - 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 34 votes.

Horrible Histories - S5E11

#7 - 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 - 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 16 votes.

Horrible Histories - S3E8

#9 - 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 19 votes.

Horrible Histories - S4E6

#10 - Potty Pioneers


Season 4 - Episode 6

A confused Christopher Columbus declares he has found India and a Georgian woman reveals her very Stupid Death. Also, Victoria and Albert attend the Great Exhibition and Tsar Peter III brings a very weird case to the Court of Historical Law.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Horrible Histories - S2E11
#11 - Rotten Romans
Season 2 - Episode 11

Barmy Roman emperor Caligula fails to invade Britain so collects seashells instead, King Henry VIII plays tennis while Anne Boleyn is executed, and some naughty Saxon monks throw a funky party.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E11
#12 - 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 27 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E5
#13 - Awful Egyptians #1
Season 1 - Episode 5

A priest makes a piano from live pigs, Emperor Caligula declares war on the sea, and there are some disgusting beauty tips from Ancient Egypt.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E4
#14 - Smashing Saxons #1
Season 1 - Episode 4

The Tudors sing their family history, Bob explains the complete history of Rome in two minutes, and a mad Victorian gentleman eats King Louis XIV's mummified heart.

The episode was rated from 47 votes.
Horrible Histories - S3E12
#15 - Measly Middle Ages
Season 3 - Episode 12

The people of Strasbourg literally can't stand still with 'Dance Fever', HHTV presenter Fearne Polyester reports from a bizarre Greek festival, two Celtic warriors hold a rap battle to see who is best at boasting, and King Charles II meets the man who tried to steal the Crown Jewels.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Horrible Histories - S5E1
#16 - Smashing Saxons
Season 5 - Episode 1

The Saxon gods form an unlikely team of superheroes; famous astronaut Neil Armstrong reveals his new weight loss programme; we meet Georgian London's crime-fighting genius, and Rosa Parks sings about her struggle for equality.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Horrible Histories - S5E6
#17 - Vile Victorians
Season 5 - Episode 6

Queen Victoria's coronation doesn't go quite as planned, George IV pulls out all the stops to impress his guests on Historical Come Dine With Me, ancient Greek bighead Alexander the Great refuses to stop conquering things, and the HH Sport team report live from the horrible pirate races.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E3
#18 - Wicked Witches
Season 1 - Episode 3

Wicked Witches: Witchfinders Direct, Twisted Fairytales: The Frog Prince (witchcraft involving frogs) and The Middle Ages Witchcraft Show Vicious Vikings: Viking Beliefs , Eric and Asgot and Valhalla or Hel Potty Pioneers: Captain Scott and the South Pole Race Awful Egyptians: Making a Mummy (song), The History of Mummies and Shouty Man: All Purpose Ancient Egyptian Mummy Rotten Romans: Nero's Christian Candles and HHTV Sport: Lions v Christians Slimy Stuarts: HHTV News: Charles I's Execution and Historical Wife Swap: Puritans and Cavaliers

The episode was rated from 51 votes.
Horrible Histories - S1E12
#19 - Smashing Saxons #2
Season 1 - Episode 12

A Victorian teacher is confused by her pupils' bizarre names, the Romans run out of animals to execute, and Queen Victoria advertises her exercise DVD.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.
Horrible Histories - S3E4
#20 - Slimy Stuarts
Season 3 - Episode 4

An unusual Stuart highwayman doesn't always steal cash, a modern detective struggles to solve a series of murders in Emperor Caligula's house, HHTV goes undercover to prove allegations of cheating in Middle Ages jousting tournaments, and King George IV meets his dead relatives.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.

Last updated: jul 24, 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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