British Comedians Lineup to Star in Horrible Histories On CBBC!

Horrible Histories

Steve Punt (of Punt & Dennis) and Meera Syal (formerly of The Kumars and Goodness Gracious Me) are among the names attracted to the new CBBC series Horrible Histories which will run on CBBC and BBC One from Thursday 16 April.

Based on the best-selling books by Terry Deary (featuring wonderful illustrations by Martin Brown), Horrible Histories will outline strange facts, the bad behaviour of  “rotten rulers”, and the horrifically gory battles, not to mention the crazy inventions of the past and other weird and wonderful from a range of eras – starting with the Savage Stone Age before progressing to the Awful Egyptians, the Rotten Romans, the Vicious Vikings, the Measly Middle Ages, the Terrible Tudors, the Gorgeous Georgians and the Vile Victorians, finishing off with the Woeful Second World War.

The series also features some superb-sounding sketches and cartoons, with everything held together with commentary from the show’s host Rattus Rattus – a talking rat.

Typically for a writing team that includes Steve Punt (once a member of The Mary Whitehouse Experience) Horrible Histories will feature pastiches of familiar TV formats such as Historical Wife Swap, Historical Hospital and Ready Steady Feast, not to mention musical pieces, such as the Four Georges song which takes the viewer on a musical journey through 18th Century British history in the style of a Westlife ballad.

Other familiar faces on the Horrible Histories show include Sarah Hadland (Quantum of Solace), Peep Show’s Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby (familiar from Jam And Jerusalem and The Mighty Boosh) and Ben Ward of Dead Ringers.

Can Horrible Histories have the same impact on television as the remarkable books, which magnificently mix Roald Dahl-esque horrid stuff with historical fact? With such a well-known name from the world of children’s books and with such talent attached to the series it seems likely that Horrible Histories will be a huge success!

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