Horrible Histories

Lion/Citrus - CBBC/BBC1 - 2009-2012


Horrible Histories is the hysterical historical sketch show, based on the best selling books by Terry Deary, which romped home with the Best Sketch Show gong at this year's British Comedy Awards, the crowning glory to a spell of awards success for the programme.

The series, which is co-written by Larry and George, began in 2009 and stars some of the country's leading comic actors, including Mat Baynton (Gavin & Stacey), Ben Willbond (The Thick Of It, Rev, Starter for Ten), Jim Howick (Peep Show, Reginald Perrin), Martha-Howe Douglas (The Office, Armstrong & Miller) and SImon Farnaby (The Mighty Boosh), as well as Larry himself.

Its unique mix of accurate historical fact and shamelessly silly humour has seen the show go from strength to strength, moving from a kids favourite (it is watched by more than a third of all 6 to 12-year-olds in the UK) via cult student success, to mainstream comedy hit, thanks in part to a prime-time BBC1 compilation show hosted by Stephen Fry.

Horrible Histories even has its own spin-off show, aimed squarely at its younger audience - the gloriously gross quiz show, Gory Games which began in 2011 and was also co-written by Larry.

With Series 3 of Horrible Histories proving the most popular yet, the team are looking forward to unleashing Series 4 on the world, which should screen in Spring 2012.


  • British Comedy Award - Best Sketch Show 2011
  • BAFTA - Best Comedy (Children's) 2011
  • RTS Award - Best Children's Programme 2011
  • Broadcast Award - Best Children's Programme 2011
  • British Comedy Guide Award - Best British Comedy 2011
  • British Comedy Guide Award - Best British Sketch Show 2011
  • Kidscreen Award - Best Writing 2011
  • Kidscreen Award - Best Acting 2011
  • Kidscreen Award - Best Non-Animated Series 2011
  • British Comedy Award - Best Sketch Show 2010
  • BAFTA - Best Writing (Children's) 2010
  • BAFTA - Best Comedy (Children's) 2010
  • BAFTA - Best performer - Jim Howick (Children's) 2010
  • Prix Jeunesse - Best International Children's Show (non-fiction) 2010                           
  • Association of International Broadcasting Awards - Best Children's Factual 2010
  • British Comedy Guide Award - Editors Choice 2009


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

"seriously funny, beautifully performed and endlessly inventive" The Stage

"One of the best shows anywhere" Radio Times

"I defy anyone to watch Horrible Histories' Grim Reaper dancing around in death's waiting room... and not warm to this show" The Guardian

"Slapstick gags and hilarious pastiches… our favourite take on British history … We wish history had been taught like this in our day!" TV Times

"everything that Blue Peter isn't: fun, filthy and genuinely engaging in a peer-to-peer way." The Independent

"superior edutainment" The Mail on Sunday

"a great cast and brilliant writers... The tone is perfect" Jesse Armstrong, co-writer of Peep Show & The Thick of It