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 2011

Format: 84 x 30

Series 6:

TX Date: Feb & May 2015

Format: 1 x 30 (Magna Carta Special) & 12 x30 & 1 x 30 (Song Compilation)   

Series 5:

TX Date: May 2013

Format: 12 x 30 & 2 x 30 (Song and Romance Specials) & 1 x 40 (Frightful First World War Special)

Series 4:

TX Date: April 2012

Format: 12 x 30 & 3 x30 (Song, Sports and Scary Specials)

Series 3:

TX Date: May 2011

Format: 12 x 30 & 1x 30 (Song Compilation)

Horrible Histories with Stephen Fry:

TX Date: June 2011

Format: 6 x 30

Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas:

TX Date: December 2010

Format: 1 x 30

Series 2:

TX Date: May 2010

Format: 12 x 30 & 1 x 30 (Song Compilation)

Series 1:

TX Date: April 2009

Format: 13 x 30

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

‘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

Kidscreen Awards 2014

 Programming-Kids Catagory: Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series (Kids Category, Best Acting, Best Writing - Win

Broadcast Digital Awards 2014

Series 5 / Best Scripted Programme - Nom

BAFTA Children’s Awards 2013

Best Comedy - Win

Kidscreen Awards 2012

 Best Acting - Win

Kidscreen Awards 2012

Best Writing - Win

British Comedy Award 2011

Best Sketch Show - Win

Digital Broadcast Award 2011

Best Use of Interactive - Win

History Makers Award 2011

 Best Interactive Production - Win

RTS Award 2011

Best Children’s Programme - Win

AIB Award 2010

Best Children’s Factual Programme or Series - Win

BIMA Award 2010

  Best Game - Nom