Horrible Histories Does Horribly Well


BAFTA-winning kids’ TV show Horrible Histories has picked up another well-deserved award!

The  CBBC series, starring Ealing Live veterans Simon Farnaby and Ben Willbond alongside Jim Howick, Laurence RickardMatthew BayntonMartha Howe-Douglas and occasionally the likes of Alice Lowe for good measure, won the prize for Best Children’s Programme at the Royal Television Society awards in London earlier this week. Judges describes Horrible Histories as “brave, bold and clever”.

The Guardian covered the story yesterday under the headline “How Horrible Histories Became a Hit”, and describes how the  calibre of the writing has taken it from being a just kids’ show to a bona fide comedy programme. Jesse Armstrong, co-writer of Peep Show and In the Loop, says, “Horrible Histories has a great cast and brilliant writers…the tone is perfect and it is done in a non-patronising, engaging way. The key for me, though, is that the team has been given leeway to do the subjects that really interest kids – death, shit, blood and piss.”  To read the article in full, click here.

To cap it all off, Horrible Histories was trending on twitter earlier this evening.  Not a bad achievement on which to end the week!

1 Comment on Horrible Histories Does Horribly Well

  1. In my experience, there’s a lot of adults (me included) that watch kids’ programmes and prefer them to adult programming!

    My eleven-year-old niece is a big fan of Horrible Histories and it’s definitely got her into learning history more.


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