Top comedy stars join CBBC's Horrible Histories

To combine the considerable talents of the original cast with such a dazzling array of well-known and hilarious guest stars is the icing on a very large and delicious historical cake. Cheryl Taylor, Controller, CBBC
Date: 05.01.2015     Last updated: 06.01.2015 at 10.03
Category: CBBC
Horrible Histories, the hit comedy history sketch show, returns to CBBC later this year for a sixth series, with guest stars including Ben Miller, Lorna Watson, Rowan Atkinson, Kevin Eldon, Kathryn Drysdale and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

The new series of Horrible Histories dishes up the much-loved revolting recipe of sketches and songs, peppered with gruesome gags and hideous hilarity, but adds a bold new twist and an exciting new cast. Each episode will take a sideways look at the life and times of one prominent historical figure, including Boudicca, Cleopatra, Churchill, King John, George III, Napoleon, William the Conqueror, Mary Queen of Scots, King Alfred, Queen Victoria, Cromwell and Henry VIII.

An array of Britain’s top comedy talent joins the team to take on the roles of history’s biggest characters: Lorna Watson plays Boudicca and will sing about demolishing the Romans in Wreck ’em All. Ben Miller stars as King John and takes on the Barons at Runnymede in a Grievance Battle. Kevin Eldon as William The Conqueror will describe his military approach Norman Style. Rowan Atkinson sports fine ginger facial hair as Henry VIII. Tom Rosenthal makes a nervous and geeky King Alfred. Kathryn Drysdale woos the Romans as Cleopatra and there’s an hilarious cameo from Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Horrible Histories favourites will also be returning to the series. Sarah Hadland will reprise her role as Queen Victoria, Simon Farnaby will be playing George III and Death who has now been promoted from Stupid Deaths to having his own Chatty Death show. Jim Howick will play both Churchill and Napoleon. Jessica Ransom will play Mary Queen of Scots and Lawry Lewin is back as Cromwell. Also Horrible Histories is delighted to welcome to the cast Tom Stourton, Adam Riches, Naz Osmanoglu, Jalaal Hartley, Jess Ransom, Natalie Walter and Louise Ford.

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC says: "Horrible Histories has a well-earned reputation as one of the most popular TV shows of a generation, delighting children and adults alike. CBBC was delighted to hear that a sixth series was on the cards and to combine the considerable talents of the some of the original cast with such a dazzling array of well-known and hilarious guest stars is the icing on a very large and delicious historical cake. We are all fidgeting with ill-concealed anticipation."

Richard Bradley Executive Producer Lion Television, says: "We are thrilled to have such a remarkable cast for the new series of Horrible Histories. We trust fans will enjoy the slightly new format - we think it opens up lots of interesting new history to explore and of course acres of new comedy potential."

This new series will keep the strong location and studio mix and will continue to feature the signature songs for which the show has become known, including a rap battle between the King John and his Barons that will form part of the special episode celebrating 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta. This episode, featuring Ben Miller as King John, will air on BBC Two as well as CBBC as part of the BBC’s coverage of the event in 2015.

Horrible Histories is made by Lion Television, the series is produced by Tom Miller, directed by Simony Gibney and Ian Curtis and the Executive Producers are Richard Bradley and Bill Hobbins. The Executive Editor for CBBC is Melissa Hardinge. The series has been commissioned by Chery Taylor, Controller of CBBC.

Note to Editors

Horrible Histories, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, is based on the world’s bestselling children’s history book series written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, and is published by Scholastic UK.

Horrible Histories has won more than 30 awards, including a record-breaking four consecutive BAFTA Awards and two British Comedy Awards for Best Sketch Show. It has just been voted the Best Factual Show of the Last 50 Years at the Prix Jeunesse 2014.

MJ