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Horrible Histories Song Names In Essays

Horrible Histories is a children's live-action historical sketch-comedy TV series based on the book series of the same name written by Terry Deary. The show ran for five series of thirteen episodes each (plus seven full-length one-off specials), between 2009 and 2013.

Series producer was Caroline Norris. Series 1 was directed by Chloe Thomas and Steve Connelly, with all future series directed by Connelly and Dominic Brigstocke. Writers are listed as per credits of each episode. Original music was—except where noted—written by Richie Webb (music) and Dave Cohen (lyrics), with instrumentals by Webb. The songs were not given formal titles; where possible their creators' names for them have been used.[1]

The starring troupe over all five series consisted of Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, some combination of whom appear, with very rare exceptions, in every live-action sketch; their voices can also be heard in the animated sketches. Supporting cast was headed by Sarah Hadland, Lawry Lewin and Dominique Moore.

Notable guest stars are indicated in the episode in which they appear, or in the case of recurring roles, on first appearance. Several sketches incorporate parodies of other UK pop-culture media and/or personalities; these parody inspirations are likewise indicated on first appearance.

In 2015, the series returned with a new cast in a revised format. Episodes centred around the life of one prominent historical figure played by an established comedy actor. It was in 2016 that a seventh series began with just three specials before the full series in 2017. The three specials marked anniversaries through the year: 400 years since Shakespeare died, the BBCs 'Love to Read' campaign and 350 years since the Great Fire of London. There was a slight change in cast where the main stars Jalaal Hartley, Tom Stourton and Jessica Ransom continued with new members. This was the first series where none of the main original cast were present.

A full seventh series is due to air in 2017, each episode themed.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
11316 April 2009 (2009-04-16)9 July 2009 (2009-07-09)
21331 May 2010 (2010-05-31)26 July 2010 (2010-07-26)
31330 May 2011 (2011-05-30)26 July 2011 (2011-07-26)
4139 April 2012 (2012-04-09)8 June 2012 (2012-06-08)
51327 May 2013 (2013-05-27)23 July 2013 (2013-07-23)
6157 February 2015 (2015-02-07)24 August 2015 (2015-08-24)
7(S)319 April 2016 (2016-04-19)5 September 2016 (2016-09-05)
71515 June 2017 (2017-06-15)6 November 2017 (2017-11-06)

Series 1: 2009[edit]

Series 2: 2010[edit]

Series 3: 2011[edit]

Series 4: 2012[edit]

  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

Welcome to our monastery
Please have a chair
Good to see you monks
So deep in prayer
Once the praying's finished
Your chores must be done
The main rule of a good monk's life is no fun

We have to pray eight times a day
Seven days a week
And copy all these manuscripts
In writing so antique
I'll finish off this letter 'a'
Once I've ploughed our field
Milked the cows, mucked the sows, vegetables peeled

I'll be doing that and praying too
Very well gents, I'll bid you adieu
Advenium regnum tuum

(Okay brothers, I think he's gone)

Now the bishop's not around
Throw off these religious gowns
Hunky, chunky, funky monks
Get down!

It's not all hymns and prayin'
It's not all work and no playin'
So let's start misbehavin'
And get with the funk!

We love to have a party
Eat food that is hearty
Let's get the boozin' started
Drunk like a monk!
Play that monky music, funk boy!

Just wanted to check
That during my absence
You're honouring your
Mealtime vow of silence

Althought we didn't oughter
We liked to hunt and slaughter
Don't need no bread and water
Just funk, funk, funk!

Monastery is jumpin'
Party beat is thumpin'
Just lacks a certain somethin'
A funky nun!
Get in the party habit, girlfriend!

It's true that life
Is tough here
But you obey the rules
That is clear
That's why we're a place
Of great repute
What's this?
I see we have a new recruit
Welcome to our monastery
What's your name?

She- he can't talk
And his name is... Wayne
Ah men!

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