Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories
  • Rating: 8.90
  • Year of issue: 2009
  • Genres: History, Comedy, Family
  • Countries: United Kingdom
  • Duration: 28 minutes

The TV show carries over the graphic style and much of the content of the Horrible Histories book series. It maintains the 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.

  • 1. Episode #1.1
    ROTTEN ROMANS - Servants fight at master's funeral/Gladiator School. FRIGHTFUL FIRST WORLD WAR - Lice in the trenches/Gas Attack question/Ready Steady Feast (WW1 edition). PUTRID PIRATES - The Black Spot/Ned Low question/Pirate ship rules. SAVAGE STONE AGE - Stone Age tools ad/Stone Age loo paper question/Stone Age funeral. VICIOUS VIKINGS - Warrior game: Vikings V Monks/Historical Hairdressers:Vikings. GORGEOUS GEORGIANS - Historical Fairy Stories:The Three Little Pigs/Georgian Election Voting information film/Born to Rule (Song - The 4 Georges).
  • 2. Episode #1.2
    After a down and dirty visit with Leif Ericson and his equally famous and, irascible father, Eric the Red, Stitch and Mo set Darren Dongle straight about the amazing accomplishments of the Viking explorers who “discovered” North America - beating out Columbus by 500 years.
  • 3. Episode #1.3
    A Roman emperor finds a nasty alternative to candles, an Egyptian tries to save money on mummification, and the Roundheads and Cavaliers from the English Civil War take part in Historical Wife Swap.
  • 4. Episode #1.4
    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.
  • 5. Episode #1.5
    A priest makes a piano from live pigs, Emperor Caligula declares war on the sea, and we discover disgusting beauty tips from Ancient Egypt.
  • 6. Episode #1.6
    When Mo is grounded for righteously refusing to clean her pigsty room, a trip back to the dark days of Medieval England enlightens her about what rights are worth fighting for - and having a messy room is not one of them.
  • 7. Episode #1.7
    Enduring the hardships of the journey to open the western frontier and the frenzy of the California Gold Rush, Stitch and Mo learn a valuable lesson in risk and reward - one worth its weight in gold.
  • 8. Episode #1.8
    The American Revolution pits Stitch and the American rebels against Mo and the British royalists, and teaches them that there are two sides - and often more - to every conflict.
  • 9. Episode #1.9
    Stitch, thinking he has royal blood, has a grand vision for building a dazzling Donut Empire, but visits with Louis the XIV of France, Peter the Great of Russia, and Shah Jahan of India, convince him that having a grand vision can blind one to real needs of real people.
  • 10. Episode #1.10
    Fed-up with tests and homework, Stitch and Mo want to trade school for the working world, until they have a taste of the “glamorous” lives of child laborers in the English Industrial Revolution.
  • 11. Episode #1.11
    After landing in the trading center of Mali in West Africa, where salt and gold are equally valued, our heroes meet King Mansa Musa and discover that one man's “trash” can be another man's “treasure.”
  • 12. Episode #1.12
    A stint after school in detention leaves our heroes feeling forever tainted, until a visit to early Australia's penal colony assures them that duly serving a sentence honorably entitles them to have all of their rights - and reputation - restored.
  • 13. Episode #1.13
    Stitch and Mo discover that Darren's latest put-down of them as “Neanderthals” might actually be a compliment because, with their highly developed skills and tools, Neanderthals didn't cave in to a prehistoric wild and wooley environment.
  • 1. Episode #2.1
    Rotten Romans - a very unpleasant Roman banquet. Terrible Tudors - Shakespeare's invented words. Incredible Incas - an Incan shampoo advert. Vile Victorians - inventing Badminton. Stupid Deaths - Bobby Leach. Slimy Stuarts - Gunpowder plot. Woeful Second World War - Durham Home Guard accidents. Vicious Vikings - The Viking Song.
  • 2. Episode #2.2
    Putrid Pirates - Basil Hood steals a cow. Historical Hospital - Pirate Doctor. Woeful Second World War - World War 2 Art show. Groovy Greeks - Evil-Spirit-Prevention-Door-Frame-Jar. Stupid Deaths - Heraclitus. Slimy Stuarts - Oliver Cromwell bans Christmas and Charles II:King of Bling song. Awful Egyptians - Cleopatra's love life. Gorgeous Georgians - Boxing and school pupil rebellions.
  • 3. Episode #2.3
    Rotten Romans - Christians and Ave! magazine. Measley Middle Ages - Roadside Accident. Scary stories: The Children of Woolpit. Groovy Greeks - Spartan High School Musical song. Terrible Tudors - Henry VIII and Jester. Stupid Deaths - Tudor Entertainer. Savage Stone Age - Hunting Trip & Caveman Workout. Awesome USA - the Telegraph & Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid.
  • 4. Episode #2.4
    Gorgeous Georgians - Admiral Nelson is seasick; Public execution of Jack Sheppard. Measly Middle Ages - European versus Arab medicine. Stupid Deaths - Humphrey De Bohun. Incredible Incas - Shopping Channel: Inca Hour; Llama Farmer advert. Vile Victorians - Scary Stories: The Cabinet of Mystery; Tapeworm traps and Victorian beer. Groovy Greeks - Paris versus Achilles; Dodgy War Machines - Elephants. Woeful Second World War - Churchill's D-Day Plan; World War Two Girls song.
  • 5. Episode #2.5
    Putrid Pirates - Unusual Treasure; Shopping Channel: Pirate Hour. Incredible Incas - Live Like an Incan song; Incan Child's Birthday. Awful Egyptians - Tomb Raider game; Scary Stories: The Curse of Tutankhamun. Gorgeous Georgians - George IV hears bad/good news; George IV: Couldn't Stand my Wife song. Measly Middle Ages - Bob Hale's Crusades Report; Crusader Crones. Awesome USA - Agent Moses. Rotten Romans - Door-to-door Poo Salesman; Roman Dinner Party Etiquete.
  • 7. Episode #2.7
    Joan of Arc gets a visit from a confused angel, a pirate captain tries to make his crew dress like ladies, and Mrs Celt enjoys being a Roman on Historical Wife Swap.
  • 8. Episode #2.8
    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.
  • 9. Episode #2.9
    The Stuarts are confused by the newly-discovered drink of tea, a Viking funeral ends in a massive fight, a child evacuated in the Blitz thinks farm animals are monsters, and some cowboys sing about life in the Wild West.
  • 10. Episode #2.10
    King Charles I sends someone else to get married for him, a new recruit regrets joining the Georgian Army, and Queen Cleopatra reveals her weird beauty secrets.
  • 11. Episode #2.11
    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.
  • 1. Episode #3.1
    Meet an annoying French prankster from the Middle Ages, witness bizarre Aztec food on Historical Masterchef, see what happens when Queen Elizabeth I needs the toilet, and learn how not to impress a woman in Victorian times.
  • 2. Episode #3.2
    Some medieval knights discover the most disgusting way to attack a castle, the Saxons demonstrate the stupidest way to lose a battle, a Georgian goes shopping in a modern pet shop, and the kings and queens of England demonstrate how to remember them all, through the power of song.
  • 3. Episode #3.3
    A confused World War I soldier spends his first day in the trenches, William Wallace launches his music career as a rock rebel, Lady Jane Grey wins a frankly terrible competition, and the Welsh women of Fishguard defeat a French invasion without even trying.
  • 4. Episode #3.4
    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.
  • 5. Episode #3.5
    A Welsh prince from the Middle Ages has a very stupid death, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette go on Historical Wife Swap with some starving French peasants, a Tudor peasant gets a super-hot makeover from Historical Fashion Fix, and Queen Cleopatra sings about her femme fatale reputation.
  • 6. Episode #3.6
    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.
  • 7. Episode #3.7
    Robert Walpole struggles to talk to England's German king, a Scottish sportsman attacks dead cows in the Highland Games, American inventor Paul Revere demonstrates his gunpowder toothpaste, and the Roman Emperors channel the King of Pop in their musical argument over who's baddest of all.
  • 8. Episode #3.8
    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.
  • 9. Episode #3.9
    The Vikings launch their advert for ‘We Sell Any Monk’, Queen Elizabeth I surprises her court with some very odd laws, the sacrifice obsessed Aztec priests sing their gruesome disco song, and we discover the Roman equivalent of text messaging.
  • 12. Episode #3.12
    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.
  • 13. Savage Songs Special
    Savage Songs compilation. Featuring the hip hop battle of the boasting Celts, pop superstar Cleopatra, rock rebel William Wallace, the soulful Suffragettes, the funky Aztec priests, the crooning caveman, bad boy heartthrob Dick Turpin, pouting Richard III, the children of the Victorian workhouses, and the many, many, merry monarchs!
  • 1. Episode 1
    Dick Whittington pitches a movie about his life, Stone Age technology geeks queue for hours at the unveiling of the Bronze Age, and some German bomber pilots find an unfortunate use for a tourist guidebook to Britain.
  • 2. Episode 2
    Henry VIII appears on a TV show hoping to raise money from his antique abbeys. Also, Charles Darwin sings about his theory of Natural Selection, and a pirate captain aims to be Lord Sugar's next Historical Apprentice.
  • 3. Episode 3
    Queen Elizabeth I goes online dating, Greek philosopher Socrates foils his own rescue from prison, and Emicho of the Rhineland goes crusading with some very unusual Sat Navs to lead the way.
  • 4. Episode 4
    HHTV's War Reporter Mike Peabody regrets his decision to cover the Norman Siege of Palermo, the Pilgrim Fathers rap about Jamestown in America, and a German submarine captain has the worst toilet accident in history.
  • 5. Episode 5
    Some Bronze Agers argue about building the world's first city, Bob Hale explains the entire history of the Renaissance, Mary Seacole sings about her Crimean hotel, and William Shakespeare gets into a rap battle.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Episode 8
    Emperor Nero visits the victims of the Great Fire of Rome, some Crusaders attend a training course on how to fight weird monsters, and we meet the man with the best (and worst) job in Tudor England.
  • 9. Episode 9
    King Edward III gets married in a building site, Julius Caesar reveals his secret tips on hiding baldness, we learn the tricks of the criminal trade on the Real Victorian Hustle and we meet Renaissance Italy's most corrupt family: the Borgias.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. Episode 11
    Dr Culpeper invites us all to his highly unhealthy health spa, a Crusader knight competes on Historical Masterchef, King John worries about all the internet haters and crooner William Shakespeare serenades us with his big band.
  • 12. Episode 12
    A Victorian woman books a ticket on a very odd railway, a modern patient is (mis)treated by a Roman dentist, Alfred the Great pitches a movie about his life, and a Greek geek competes on Historical Mastermind.
  • 13. Savage Songs Special
    The Thinkers, Mary I, William Shakespeare, The New World, Luddites, Victoria and Albert, Mary Seacole, Natural Selection and RAF Pilots
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Episode 2
    Featuring a surprisingly charming Stuart highwayman; the Captain of the Titanic holds the world's worst safety briefing; famous writer Mary Shelley pitches the movie of her life; and those violent Vikings show their softer side in a song.
  • 3. Episode 3
    The boys test their horsepower to the max on Stone Age Top Gear; Charles Dickens sings about his life and books; the Greek philosophers host weird dinner parties on Historical Come Dine With Me; and Vlad the Impaler reveals his horrible new plan for keeping out the neighbours.
  • 4. Episode 4
    Featuring the rather eccentric Georgian philosopher Jeremy Bentham; super-rich Roman politician Crassus raps about his blinging lifestyle; some unusual soldiers are recruited into WW2; and Johannes Gutenberg goes head-to-head with some monks on The Historical Apprentice.
  • 5. Episode 5
    Famous monk St Augustine struggles to introduce Christianity to Saxon England; Stuart diarist Samuel Pepys annoys the smartest men in Britain; we witness a daring escape from the Tower of London; and Joan of Arc's story is quite an unusual one for a teenage girl.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Episode 7
    Roman emperor Caesar Augustus reveals the lazy secret of his success, TV's most excitable reporter, Bob Hale, explains the very, very complex history of WW2, we meet Georgian England's most forgetful vicar, and Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr takes on the English in battle.
  • 8. Episode 8
    The surprising identity of Britain's top-scoring footballer is revealed, things get ridiculous on Germany's version of Historical Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, a Celtic farmer isn't terribly keen on plans for Hadrian's Wall, and the brainy pioneers of transportation sing about their inventions.
  • 9. Episode 9
    There is public confusion when King Charles II bans coffee shops, a seasick chicken ruins a Roman sea battle, mighty Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramesses II, meets some smelly peasants on Historical Wife Swap, and a cave-dwelling Stone Age couple try to buy their first house.
  • 10. Episode 10
    A Victorian businessman goes undercover in his own factory, there's a right royal squabble over who should rule medieval England, we meet eccentric Georgian politician Mad Jack Mytton and the Real Tudor Hustle reveals the cleverest con tricks by naughty historical criminals.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Episode 12
    Featuring a female dinosaur expert who sells seashells down on the seashore, Brian the handsome scientist reveals the weird wonders of the Greek Universe, TV's fastest-talking pensioner, Bob Hale, tries to explain the Space Race between the USA and the USSR, and there's a fitting musical finale to the end of the series.
  • 13. Song Special
    Some of history's greatest characters serenade us with tales of their lives. Featuring the all-conquering Alexander the Great, the cash-loving Crassus, the feisty Joan of Arc, the brilliant but miserable Charles Dickens, and the very determined Rosa Parks.
  • 1. Magna Carta Special: Crooked King John and Magna Carta
    Horrible Histories returns for a special about King John and Magna Carta, starring Ben Miller. John annoys the Barons and agrees 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. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 2. Awesome Alfred the Great Special
    A special episode about King Alfred the Great, starring Tom Rosenthal. Watch Alfred 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, and the Egyptians tell us how healthcare should really be done. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 3. Wicked William the Conqueror Special
    A special episode about William the Conqueror, starring Kevin Eldon. We meet young William, 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! Meanwhile, across the world we discover Chinese technology light years ahead of the dunderheaded Normans and Saxons in England, and meet one of the world's first scientists in Egypt. With, of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 4. Mardy Mary Queen of Scots Special
    A special episode about Mary Queen of Scots, starring Jessica Ransom. 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! Meanwhile, across the world we meet silver-nosed Danish scientist Tycho Brahe, and Mr H gives us his unique take on the epic Battle of Lepanto in another History's Craziest Fools. With, of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 5. Naughty Napoleon Special
    A special episode about the great French leader Napoleon Bonaparte, starring Jim Howick. 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! Meanwhile, across the world we meet the Indian traveller who brought shampoo to the world. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 7. Crafty Cleopatra Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show about the great Egyptian queen Cleopatra, starring Kathryn Drysdale. We meet Cleo as she clashes with her brother, seizes power and hooks up with great Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Meanwhile, across the world, we catch up with the thoughts of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius and encounter the less glamorous side of life in Rome. With, of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 8. Gorgeous George III Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show about King George III, starring Simon Farnaby. We follow George 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, and the Battles of the Day team give us their unique insight into the American Revolution. With, of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 9. Bolshy Boudica Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show, focusing on the great British Queen Boudica, starring Lorna Watson from Watson & Oliver. We follow Boudica as she turns against her Roman masters and unleashes her wrecking ball on Colchester, St Albans and London. It is cut-throat Celts versus rotten Romans - it's going to be very gory! Meanwhile, across the world, we meet famous emperors Caligula and Nero, dishing out their own unique brand of Imperial nastiness. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 10. Wily Winston Churchill Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show about Winston Churchill, starring Jim Howick. We follow Churchill from a young soldier in India during the time of Queen Victoria, through the First World War, to victory in World War II, and finally to his retirement in the Swinging Sixties - what a journey! Meanwhile across the world we meet the American soldier literally spreading propaganda around the battlefields, and learn about Gandhi's more eccentric side. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 11. Tricky Queen Vicky Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show about Queen Victoria, starring Sarah Hadland. We meet young Vicky 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, and discover plans for the Great Hedge of India. Yes, hedge! With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 12. 'Orrible Oliver Cromwell Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show about Oliver Cromwell. We follow Oliver as he rises from obscurity, challenges King Charles I in the English Civil War, and ultimately orders the King's execution - as he says, a it was a ‘cruel necessity’. In other parts of Britain we meet a bunch of oddly named Puritan soldiers, and the great writers Shakespeare and Milton square up for a word battle. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 13. Rotten Rulers Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show featuring all your favourite rotten rulers from the series. Including naughty Napoleon annoying his Josephine and horrid Henry VIII getting married again! There's also a song from wily Winston Churchill and of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 14. It's a Wicked World Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring ghastly Genghis Khan, the wise Confucius and a dance-off during a naval battle! There's also a Bollywood number from Queen Victoria. With Rattus to guide the way.
  • 15. Savage Songs Special
    A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring all your favourite songs from the series! Sing along with King Alfred about his burnt cakes, or with Henry VIII about his love of reformation - or get down Norman-style with William the Conqueror. With of course, our host Rattus to guide the way!
  • 3. Chaotic Collabs
    History is filled with tales of great minds coming together, and collaborating, to achieve incredible things. It’s also full of idiots working together to create an unholy mess, and people forming partnerships for decidedly sinister reasons - welcome to Horrible Histories’ Chaotic Collabs!
  • 4. Mind Your Manners!
    Rattus is panicking, as the Rat Queen is visiting the sewer and he has no idea how to behave nicely around royalty! Not only that, if he can somehow appear attractive to the Queen, maybe he could be the next Rat King?! Luckily, help is at hand in the (very well-mannered) shape of First Dates’ Fred Sirieix, a man who knows all about how to behave politely in high society. Fred will guide Rattus through the Horrible History of Manners and Etiquette, in a bid to help him on his quest.
  • 5. Fearsome Families
    Families - sometimes you love them, sometimes you bicker with them, and sometimes you marry them off to consolidate your power in Europe. Welcome to a look at some of history’s most fearsome families.
  • 6. Bizarre Beasts
    A look at some of the various ways in which, throughout history, humans have lived with, worked with, and interacted with animals.
  • 7. Moon Mayhem
    Comedian and space nerd Dara O Briain joins Rattus as guest host for a special show that marks the anniversary of the 1969 moon landings.

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