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Savage Songs
2015-08-24
The award winning Horrible Histories returns for a special featuring all your favorite songs from the series! Sing along about his burnt cakes with King Alfred, or Henry VIII' love of reformation - or get down Norman Style with William The Conqueror.

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It's a Wicked World
2015-08-17
The award winning Horrible Histories returns for a special featuring all your favorite bits from the series, whizzing around the world to visit the ghastly Genghis Khan, the wise Confucius and witnessing a dance off during a naval battle!

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Rotten Rulers
2015-08-10
The award winning Horrible Histories returns for a special featuring all your favorite bits from the series with a host of Rotten Rulers, including Naughty Napoleon annoying his Josephine, and Horrid Henry VIII getting married, again!

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'Orrible Oliver Cromwell
2015-08-03
We follow Oliver Cromwell as he rises from obscurity, challenges King Charles I in the English Civil War, and ultimately orders the King's execution - as he says, as it was a Cruel Necessity (cue music)!

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Tricky Queen Vicky
2015-07-27
We meet young Victoria 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.

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Wily Winston Churchill
2015-07-20
We follow Winston Churchill from a young soldier in India during the time of Queen Victoria, through the First World War, to victory in World War Two, and finally to his retirement in the Swinging Sixties - what a journey!

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Bolshy Boudica
2015-07-13
We follow King George III 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.

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Gorgeous George III
2015-07-06
We follow King George III 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.

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Crafty Cleopatra
2015-06-29
We meet Cleopatra as she clashes with her brother, seizes power, and hooks up with great Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Meanwhile across the world we catch up with the thoughts of famous Chinese philosopher Confucius.

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Horrid Henry VIII
2015-06-22
We meet the young Henry VIII as he struggles with his boring dad, Henry VII, before becoming King himself, and going through wives like most people go through toothbrushes!

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Naughty Napoleon
2015-06-15
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!

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Mardy Mary Queen of Scots
2015-06-08
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!

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Wicked William the Conqueror
2015-06-01
We meet young William the Conqueror, 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!

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Awesome Alfred the Great
2015-05-25
Watch Alfred the Great 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.

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Crooked King John and Magna Carta
2015-02-07
Watch King John annoy the Barons and agree 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.

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Horrible Histories is a British children's live-action historical and musical sketch comedy television series that first aired on the BBC in 2009. This wonderfully inventive show is based on the bestselling book series of the same name written by Terry Deary. The show is renowned for its innovative use of comedy to breathe life into history, making it fun and engaging for young audiences and is considered to be both a critical and commercial success.

Horrible Histories is distinctive for its unique approach towards educating its audience about history. Each episode routinely travels through a variety of historical periods, from the Stone Age to World War II, featuring different cultures such as the Romans, Vikings, and Victorians, among others. It adopts a sketch-comedy format, utilising a variety of segments to spotlight different aspects of history, such as 'Ruthless Rulers', 'Awful Egyptians', and 'Terrible Tudors'. The show effectively combines education and entertainment, making learning history a hilariously fun experience.

The core concept of the show is to share historical facts that are typically glanced over in traditional school curriculums due to their explicit, gruesome or otherwise 'horrible' nature. Episodes contain sketches and songs about a wide range of topics such as wars, revolutions, explorers, invasions, diseases, customs, lifestyles, and societal norms of the time. Regardless of the topic, however, the show is consistent in maintaining its light-hearted and comedic tone throughout.

Horrible Histories also does a terrific job in bringing the past to life using an ensemble cast playing multiple characters across various time periods. The multi-talented cast often perform humorous reenactments of significant historical events or parodies of modern television programs or films but set in the past. Additionally, the actors sometimes break the fourth wall by acknowledging their comedic sketches are educational. Their energetic and lively performances make the historical figures truly memorable in the minds of the young audience.

Another defining feature of the show is its lyrical songs. The show often breaks into musical interludes, with cast members performing catchy, informative songs in various genres, mirroring the styles of popular artists or larger musical trends, relating to the historical period being discussed. These songs are not just enjoyable, but they also often thoughtfully sum up important historical events or figures, reinforcing what has been learnt in the episode and enhancing the viewers' understanding of history in a memorable way.

The show places a great emphasis on accuracy and authenticity. The historical facts shared in the show are all confirmed by a historical consultant, ensuring that the information provided is correct, albeit presented in a fun and entertaining way. Furthermore, the show pays careful attention to the details in its sets, costumes and props to authentically portray different historical eras, cultures and real-life figures.

The appeal of Horrible Histories is wide and versatile. While primarily targeted towards children and young teens, the clever humour, engaging format, and rich historical content draw in viewers of all ages. The series not only educates but also entertains. It introduces historical events in a way that children can understand and appreciate, making the subject more appealing and engaging. For adults, it offers a fresh, fun and nostalgic look back at history.

Over the years, Horrible Histories has also received several accolades for the exceptional work it does in combining comedy and education. This includes multiple BAFTAs and British Comedy Awards, demonstrating the show’s effectiveness in presenting history in an enjoyable and impactful way.

In conclusion, Horrible Histories is an educational comedy TV series that has been hailed for its comically informative take on history. It has been successful in its mission to make history accessible to young viewers around the world, transforming what could easily be dry and boring content into hilarious sketches and catchy songs. Despite its focus on the nasty bits of the past, the show is undeniably delightful, and it makes learning both fun and memorable for its viewers.

Horrible Histories is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 6 seasons with a total of 105 episodes, the show debuted on 2009. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.7.

Channel
BBC
Rating
8.7/10
Cast
Ben Willbond, Alice Lowe, Alexei Sayle, Mathew Baynton
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