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Trivia: Horrible Histories
  • The Danza: The Norman dinner party segment is based on Abigail's Party, allowing Laurence Rickard to play Laurence.
  • Descended Creator: Writer Larry Rickard was summarily promoted from back of the camera to front in the first series after creating Bob Hale, 'News at When' special correspondent, and his extended monologues. Rickard then took on other small supporting roles, proved versatile and popular, and by the second series was established as both a senior writer and part of the starring troupe.
  • Fake Nationality: All the very English cast are also fairly adept at sounding Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French, etc. Baynton even gamely tackles a Californian accent — as a Steve Jobs Expy — for the 'aBook' sketch. (That said, their ideas re: American 'cowboy' drawls are a bit less impressive.)
    • One World War One skit calls for French Canadian, Australian and South African accents. It doesn't really work, but major points for effort.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Gerard (Jim Howick) from Peep Show, now the proud owner of a children's BAFTA for Best Performer; besides Deano (Mathew Baynton) from Gavin and Stacey and — in perhaps one of the most hilariously dissonant examples in modern TV — Adam Kenyon (Ben Willbond) from The Thick of It as well. All of which means this trope can become distinctly awkward when applied in reverse.
  • The Other Darrin: Emperor Caligula went from being brunet and played by Simon Farnaby in the first series, to Mathew Baynton and blond (perhaps referencing the notorious 1979 Malcolm McDowell softcore film) in the second. Next series Farnaby was back and in the blond wig, presumably because by then Baynton was also playing the brunet Emperor Elagabalus.
    • Queen Victoria is the other major example. She was played by Sarah Hadland in old-age makeup (the sketches usually focusing on her mourning Prince Albert) in series one, but afterwards she was played by Martha Howe-Douglas from age 18 (her coronation) to her mid-80s.
  • Real-Life Relative: In one "Historical Dates" sketch, Baynton and his infant son play cousins James Hamilton and Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • What Could Have Been: For the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a couple of sketches of were planned featuring Charles II and Richard III, however the BBC cut them for time and in the end only The Thames Report with Bob Hale aired.
  • Written By Cast Member: Performers Baynton and Willbond received several writing credits in Series Two (including Baynton's co-writing credit for "Literally (The Viking Song)".) In addition, improvisation among the starring cast was encouraged, and even sometimes necessary thanks to the rapid-fire pace of filming.

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