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29 October 2014
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Hear the Horrible Histories for the first time!

From October 7th, for the first time, two adaptations of Terry Deary's best-selling series Horrible Histories will be available to hear on BBC Radio Collection audio cassette and compact disc.

Terry Deary's best-selling history books for children have become modern classics. Now they have been translated to audio as a series of brand new mini-dramas, starring Terry himself.

The stories contain fresh factual material, additional to the Horrible Histories books. Even more vile stories are revealed by a cast of actors who act out the antics of a myriad of horrible personalities.

With the aid of creepy characters, freaky facts and startling storylines each of the Horrible Histories illuminates a specific era of history. The first two volumes are The Vile Victorians and The Terrible Tudors, on BBC Radio Collection single cassette (£5.99) and compact disc (£7.99).

Terry Deary, author and star of the Horrible Histories audios, said:
"I've learned a lot more horrible facts since the books were published and it's great to have a chance to bring them to audio for the first time. A talented bunch of actors had fun playing the cruel, colourful and quaint people from the past. Lots of that fun comes across in these new recordings. Loads of laughs with heaps of horror - if you're not careful you may even learn something too!"

Sarah Kilgarriff, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio Collection, said:
"We are thrilled to be publishing Terry Deary's specially written audio versions of Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians. His enormously popular Horrible Histories may not be the sort of history taught in schools - but they are all the more vivid for that. I wish I was a child again."

The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians will be available from October 7th from all good book shops or the BBC Shop (



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