History Series / HorribleHistories

4th Jan '16 2:32:20 PM nombretomado
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* MediumAwareness: Frequent. At one point, Cliff Whiteley asks Mary Seacole if she'd like to appear on a "historical sketch show for the BBC". When she sceptically asks him "It any good?" he turns and [[BreakingTheFourthWall grins into the camera]]: "It ain't bad!"
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* MediumAwareness: Frequent. At one point, Cliff Whiteley asks Mary Seacole if she'd like to appear on a "historical sketch show for the BBC". When she sceptically skeptically asks him "It any good?" he turns and [[BreakingTheFourthWall grins into the camera]]: "It ain't bad!"

* MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody: Death's song in the Scary Special was built up to be this, but surprised audiences by being a pastiche of [[TheSoundOfMusic "My Favorite Things"]] instead, except for the Thrilleresque dancing ghouls.
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* MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody: Death's song in the Scary Special was built up to be this, but surprised audiences by being a pastiche of [[TheSoundOfMusic [[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic "My Favorite Things"]] instead, except for the Thrilleresque dancing ghouls.
27th Dec '15 4:32:05 PM wonkeymonkey
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** In a rare but grievous error for the series, the concept of the black spot is in fact entirely fictitious, having been invented by Robert Louis Stevenson for {{Treasure Island}}.
14th Dec '15 6:34:28 AM sotnosen95
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Wrong X Factor
** Death's relationship with his two (literal) skeleton sidekicks -- joined by a mummy in the fourth series -- has definite overtones of this; they're supposed to be an [[ComicBook/XFactor X-Factor-esque]] judging panel, but Death's apparently the only one that can hear the others' opinions (and berates them loudly when he disagrees). He also occasionally holds staring contests with them.
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** Death's relationship with his two (literal) skeleton sidekicks -- joined by a mummy in the fourth series -- has definite overtones of this; they're supposed to be an [[ComicBook/XFactor [[Series/TheXFactor X-Factor-esque]] judging panel, but Death's apparently the only one that can hear the others' opinions (and berates them loudly when he disagrees). He also occasionally holds staring contests with them.
13th Dec '15 7:46:29 PM nombretomado
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** Death's relationship with his two (literal) skeleton sidekicks -- joined by a mummy in the fourth series -- has definite overtones of this; they're supposed to be an [[XFactor X-Factor-esque]] judging panel, but Death's apparently the only one that can hear the others' opinions (and berates them loudly when he disagrees). He also occasionally holds staring contests with them.
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** Death's relationship with his two (literal) skeleton sidekicks -- joined by a mummy in the fourth series -- has definite overtones of this; they're supposed to be an [[XFactor [[ComicBook/XFactor X-Factor-esque]] judging panel, but Death's apparently the only one that can hear the others' opinions (and berates them loudly when he disagrees). He also occasionally holds staring contests with them.
16th Nov '15 8:19:25 AM FF32
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Despite all the goofiness, the show has picked up a sizeable PeripheryDemographic, thanks both to increasingly sophisticated writing -- riffing largely off adult comedy classics like Creator/MontyPython and ''{{Blackadder}}'' -- and a core troupe of talented character comedians who also happen to be some of the most attractive {{Parental Bonus}}es on television today: Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Ben Willbond, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard and Martha Howe-Douglas.
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Despite all the goofiness, the show has picked up a sizeable PeripheryDemographic, thanks both to increasingly sophisticated writing -- riffing largely off adult comedy classics like Creator/MontyPython and ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' -- and a core troupe of talented character comedians who also happen to be some of the most attractive {{Parental Bonus}}es on television today: Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Ben Willbond, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard and Martha Howe-Douglas.

* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Mostly (and impressively) averted -- there's apparently a production assistant on-set at all times whose sole charge is to ensure historical accuracy, and when they are made aware of a slip, they'll do their best to correct it in a later show (or in at least one case, the DVD release). On the other hand they're often deliberately trying to keep things simple to avoid confusing their young audience (they routinely modernise geographic references, for instance) and are always giving RuleOfFunny as much priority as they can. The net result, as one academic put it, is best thought of as a slightly more conscientious ''{{Blackadder}}''.
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Mostly (and impressively) averted -- there's apparently a production assistant on-set at all times whose sole charge is to ensure historical accuracy, and when they are made aware of a slip, they'll do their best to correct it in a later show (or in at least one case, the DVD release). On the other hand they're often deliberately trying to keep things simple to avoid confusing their young audience (they routinely modernise geographic references, for instance) and are always giving RuleOfFunny as much priority as they can. The net result, as one academic put it, is best thought of as a slightly more conscientious ''{{Blackadder}}''.''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.

* ThingOMeter: Bob Hale is fond of them. The "French Revolution Report" has a Head-Cutting-Off-O-Meter and a [[BlackAdder Cunning-Plan]]-O-Meter, for example.
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* ThingOMeter: Bob Hale is fond of them. The "French Revolution Report" has a Head-Cutting-Off-O-Meter and a [[BlackAdder [[Series/BlackAdder Cunning-Plan]]-O-Meter, for example.
31st Oct '15 5:03:44 PM Teakay
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* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X07qnxXmeQ0 Joan of Arc song]], Joan is pronouced "guilty of heresy - and wearing men's trousers!"
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* ** In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X07qnxXmeQ0 Joan of Arc song]], Joan is pronouced "guilty of heresy - and wearing men's trousers!"
31st Oct '15 5:03:22 PM Teakay
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X07qnxXmeQ0 Joan of Arc song]], Joan is pronouced "guilty of heresy - and wearing men's trousers!"
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: * In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X07qnxXmeQ0 Joan of Arc song]], Joan is pronouced "guilty of heresy - and wearing men's trousers!"trousers!" ** In the Magna Carta rap, the irate barons list the civil rights they're demanding from King John, adding, "there's also some stuff about fishing in the rivers."
30th Oct '15 3:57:43 PM foxley
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* KangarooCourt: In the Witchfinders Direct sketch, the 'trial' of the old woman consists of asking her if she owns a cat.

* ObviousObjectCouldBeAnything: In the "Scary Special", a deliveryman delivers what is obviously a scythe wrapped in brown paper. Death wonders what it could be, and when the deliveryman tells him it's a scythe, Death tells him off for ruining the surprise.

* ShirtlessScene: Quite a few for a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar supposed kids' show]], to the point where it may overall be second only to Literature/{{Twilight}} for shirtless FanService. One sketch about the Greek Olympics, where most games were played naked, had a sports presenter cover up the Greek athlete with his clipboard, followed by a report on the Greek wrestling, featuring a Greek athlete in a loincloth.
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* ShirtlessScene: Quite a few for a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar supposed kids' show]], to the point where it may overall be second only to Literature/{{Twilight}} ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' for shirtless FanService. One sketch about the Greek Olympics, where most games were played naked, had a sports presenter cover up the Greek athlete with his clipboard, followed by a report on the Greek wrestling, featuring a Greek athlete in a loincloth.
11th Oct '15 6:00:38 PM Teakay
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** Inverted when William Wallace takes issue with Edward I's home expansion plans. -->'''Wallace:''' [[Film/{{Braveheart}} YOU MAY TAKE OUR LIVES]] -- ''(smiling, normal tone)'' but you will ''never'' get planning permission to build loads of castles in Scotland.
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** The initially amiable Edward I displays this whenever dealing with his unhappy Welsh neighbors, to the consternation of the Gross Designs host. Inverted when William Wallace takes issue with Edward I's his further home expansion plans. -->'''Wallace:''' [[Film/{{Braveheart}} YOU MAY TAKE OUR LIVES]] -- ''(smiling, normal tone)'' but you will ''never'' get planning permission to build loads of castles in Scotland.
30th Sep '15 1:34:50 PM caffeinatedkate
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While the original incarnation of the show formally ended with the fifth series, a reboot involving a (largely) brand new cast, format and production team is slated to air later in 2015. Meanwhile, the original core performers plan to continue working together as a troupe for the forseeable future, writing and starring in both a new TV project (the family fantasy comedy ''Series/{{Yonderland}}'') and feature film (''Bill'', a spoof on the origins of William Shakespeare). Also, a live-action series of "Horrible Science" is in the works.
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While the original incarnation of the show formally ended with the fifth series, a reboot involving a (largely) brand new cast, format and production team is slated to air later in 2015. Meanwhile, the original core performers plan to continue working together as a troupe for the forseeable future, writing and starring in both a new TV project (the family fantasy comedy ''Series/{{Yonderland}}'') and feature film (''Bill'', (''Film/{{Bill}}'', a spoof on the origins of William Shakespeare). Also, a live-action series of "Horrible Science" is in the works.
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