Horrible Histories

This hilarious romp through history is jam-packed full of shocking facts, bonkers beliefs, crazy inventions, foul food, and gruesome punishments. It’s history at its horribilist!

Rattus Rattus, the Horrible Histories talking rat, guides you through the ages from the Savage Stone Age to the all-new Troublesome Twentieth Century,  via Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, Vile Victorians and even the Woeful Second World War.

Brilliant sketches, songs, cartoons and quizzes, as well as favourite features such as Stupid Deaths, the Bob Reports and Historical Apprentice,  the BAFTA Aaward-winning Horrible Histories will make you laugh out loud!

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC One/CBBC

TX Date: January 2016

Format: 84 x 30

Also see: HH: Gory GamesHorrible Histories with Stephen Fry and Horrible Histories Special: Sensational Shakespeare

Useful Links:



Website: BBC- Horrible Histories



Citrus Televsion

Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


Rattus Rattus


Rowan Atkinson, Chris Addison, David Baddiel, Terry Deary, Mark Gatiss, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Dave Lamb, Al Murray, Steve Pemberton, Steve Punt, Reece Shearsmith, Meera Syal, Amir Khan, Jermain Defoe, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Susie Donkin, Rhashan Stone, Katy Wix and George Sawyer, Sarah Hadland, Lawry Lewin, Katy Wix, Jon Culshaw, Dave Lamb, Jess Robinson, Dominque Moore


‘This is superior edutainment.’

Mail On Sunday

'One of the best shows anywhere.'

Radio Times

‘There’s nothing kids like quite so much as violence and horror which is why Horrible Histories has been such a success.’

Sunday Express

Horrible Histories is one of the smartest comedies on TV. Often described as being 'funny ... for a kids' show', few comedies can touch Horrible Histories for original ideas

The Guardian

‘Educational Silliness.’

The Independent On Sunday

‘Three cheers for the return of this factual but funny series. History hasn’t been this much fun since the last series finished.’

Radio Times

'An attention grabbing mix of the wilder parts of history … The best bit? An accident prone Home Guard. With just three characters, it summarises both an institution and Dad’s Army in a single sketch.'

The Sunday Times

'a boundary-pushing sketch show … more laughs than most post-watershed comedies …a comic gem.'

The Telegraph

'I’m not as good an actor as I am a writer.' (Terry Deary)

The Times

'Slapstick gags and hilarious pastiches disguising useful educational content … our favourite take on British history … We wish history had been taught like this in our day!'

TV Times

Awards & Nominations

Broadcast Awards 2018

Best Children's Programme - WIN

Children's BAFTA 2017

Best Comedy - Nom 

VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2016

Best TV Children’s Programme - WIN 

International Emmy

Kids: Factual - WIN 

Kidscreen Awards 2017

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series-Kids -  Nom

Broadcast Awards 2017

Best Children’s Programme - Nom

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016

Best TV Sketch Show 2016 - WIN

Children's BAFTA 2016

Best Writing - Nom

Children's BAFTA 2016

Best Performer, Tom Stourton - Nom

Children's BAFTA 2016

Best Comedy - WIN

Prix Jeunesse International

Best Non-fiction Programme of the Last 50 Years - WIN

Prix Jeunesse International

Special Prizes: Best Children’s Programmes of the last 50 Years, Best Non-Fiction - WIN

Kidscreen Awards 2016

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series - WIN

Broadcast Awards 2015

Best Children's Programme - Nom

Children's BAFTA 2015

Best Performer, Jessica Ransom - WIN

Children's BAFTA 2015

Best Comedy - Nom

Children's BAFTA 2015

Best Writing - Nom

Kidscreen Awards 2014

Creative Talent Catagory: Best Acting - Win

Children’s BAFTA Award 2011

Best Performer: Martha Howe-Douglas/Jo, Howick - Win

Children’s BAFTA Award 2011

Best Writing - Win