Horrible Histories

When Terry Deary wrote his first Horrible Histories book in the nineties, little did he know that he would spawn a monstously successful childrens' publishing brand.

Now translated around the world, Terry's anarchic history books with titles like "Awesome Egyptians", "Groovy Greeks" and "Vile Victorians" are on the bookshelves in kids' bedrooms everywhere.

The historian, Professor Justin Champion meets the creative team behind the successful TV series of the books who are staging their first Prom concert based on the TV show.

Joining Terry and Justin to discuss the popularity of the programmes are Caroline Norris, the exec producer, comedy writer and Horrible History lyricist, Dave Cohen and the composer, Rich Webb who has penned such classics as the Charles II rap and the viking rock anthem - literally!

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

Justin Champion talks to the creators of the children's TV series Horrible Histories.

Episodes

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08/07/201220120708 (BBC7)
20120709 (BBC7)

Ancient History with the nasty bits left in! Ancient Greeks, civilised? No. Nasty.

The Groovy Greeks20120708 (BBC7)
20120709 (BBC7)

Ancient History with the nasty bits left in! Ancient Greeks, civilised? No. Nasty. Stars author Terry Deary and Toby Longworth.

Ancient History with the nasty bits left in! Ancient Greeks, civilised? No. Nasty.

The Rotten Romans20121028 (BBC7)
20121029 (BBC7)
20130210 (BBC7)
20130211 (BBC7)

Murky myths, blood-drenched battles, and meet the gruesomest of gladiators.

Murky myths, blood-drenched battles, and meet the gruesomest of gladiators. She scared everyone. Stars author Terry Deary

The Terrible Tudors20130331 (BBC7)
20130401 (BBC7)

The tale of an awful axeman and how King Henry VIII thought he'd married a horse.

The tale of an awful axeman and how King Henry VIII thought he'd married a horse. Stars author Terry Deary and Brian Bowles.

The Vicious Vikings20121230 (BBC7)
20121231 (BBC7)

The village-pillaging Scandinavian sword wavers threaten giants and a blood eagle.

The village-pillaging Scandinavian sword wavers threaten not-so-jolly-giants and a blood eagle. Stars author Terry Deary.

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When Terry Deary wrote his first Horrible Histories book in the nineties, little did he know that he would spawn a monstously successful childrens' publishing brand.

Now translated around the world, Terry's anarchic history books with titles like "Awesome Egyptians", "Groovy Greeks" and "Vile Victorians" are on the bookshelves in kids' bedrooms everywhere.

The historian, Professor Justin Champion meets the creative team behind the successful TV series of the books who are staging their first Prom concert based on the TV show.

Joining Terry and Justin to discuss the popularity of the programmes are Caroline Norris, the exec producer, comedy writer and Horrible History lyricist, Dave Cohen and the composer, Rich Webb who has penned such classics as the Charles II rap and the viking rock anthem - literally!

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

Justin Champion talks to the creators of the children's TV series Horrible Histories.