By Andy Merrett
May 10, 2011
Horrible Histories and Gory Games arriving in May
We’ve just had word that Gory Games and Horrible Histories are about to launch on CBBC.
Celebrating with a first week run of five episodes, running Monday to Friday, series three of Horrible Histories returns with its usual irreverent and disgusting facts, songs and gags. It may be toe-curling in places, but the feedback suggests adults love the show just as much as the kids (if not more?)
A host of special guests will be joining in the fun, including Tanni Grey-Thompson as a news presenter in The Olympic Games Sport Report and David Baddiel as Vincenzo Larfoff. The regular cast also return, including Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
Running alongside Horrible Histories is the new Gory Games show presented by Come Dine With Me’s Dave Lamb and HH’s Rattus Rattus.
Read on for lots more juicy details.
Set to disgust and delight CBBC viewers in equal measure, each episode of Gory Games will see young competitors answer quiz questions on toe-curling topics like the Gorgeous Georgians, Awful Egyptians and Vicious Vikings. The winners of the quiz round will then progress to a physical game relating to a specific era – such as Henry VIII’s pie-eating game – in the hope of winning Year Spheres. Year Spheres contain random dates from history and contestants’ final scores depend on the years in the spheres they choose. AD dates are positive, BC dates are negative… and Stone Age dates are very negative indeed!
The physical games range from an Egyptian Pyramid puzzle to a Middle Age Pig Piano, A Pirate Whack-A-Rat to a Victorian Grave Robbers obstacle race and a Georgian flea fling to a Viking attack all the games are based around historical facts and cover a range of historical eras. And given the programme’s title many of the games also involve serious quantities of gory gunge and goo. There is even involve a spot of gong farming from the Middle Ages. The games are either played by all the contestants together or on their own and test their logic, memory, accuracy, and speed.
The victor will not just enjoy the honour of being the Gory Games champion but will also pick up a fitting, if fetid, prize such as an Egyptian Mummy’s hand, a Georgian Navy maggoty biscuit or the cut-off ear of a Tudor thief.
Featuring an inimitable mixture of foul facts, putrid props and scary sketches, Gory Games will also feature performances by some of the cast of Horrible Histories who will pose questions as some of the popular historical stars from the series. The top comedy line up includes, Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick, Martha Howe-Douglas, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
The author of the Horrible Histories books Terry Deary will also be asking questions in historical guise.
Horrible Histories episode synopses
As a special treat Horrible Histories will air Monday to Friday during its first week on air. On Monday the show features an annoying French prankster from the Middle Ages, witnesses bizarre Aztec food on Historical Masterchef, shows how not to impress a woman in Victorian times and viewers find out what happened when Queen Elizabeth I needed the toilet. Dick Turpin hits the high notes as the life of the highway man is sung in the style of Adam Ant and a song from the First World War extols the virtues of fat.
On Tuesday some medieval knights discover the most disgusting way to attack a castle, the Saxons demonstrate the stupidest way to lose a battle, a Georgian goes shopping in a modern pet shop, and the Kings and Queens of England reveal how to remember them all, through the power of song.
Wednesday’s programme meets a confused First World War soldier on his first day in the trenches, William Wallace launches his music career as a rock rebel, Lady Jane Grey wins a frankly terrible competition, and the Welsh women of Fishguard defeat a French invasion without even trying.
Thursday finds an unusual Stuart highwayman who doesn’t always steal victims’ cash, a modern detective struggles to solve a series of murders in Emperor Caligula’s house, HHTV goes undercover to prove allegations of cheating in Middle Ages jousting tournaments. Plus King George IV meets his dead relatives.
Friday witnesses a Welsh prince from the Middle Ages very stupid death, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette go on Historical Wife Swap with some starving French peasants, a Tudor peasant gets a super-hot make-over from Historical Fashion Fix. Queen Cleopatra sings about her femme fatale reputation and the Bob Report condenses the reign of Tutankhamen into 90 seconds.