Fifth and final season of Horrible Histories, the comedy sketch show based on the popular children's books which reveal the more gruesome and lesser known things about the past.
You know this already if you're reading this, but just in case you're uninitiated: Each episode lasts twenty seven minutes, and uses a mixture of sketches, regular sketches, songs and animation to tell the facts about history. All linked together by a puppet rat called Rattus Rattus. There are regular mentions of certain bodily functions, but never for cheap laughs. Simply because it was a horrible bit of history. The regular cast of performers switch effortlessly between character and costume from sketch to sketch.
And this is one of those shows that has fans of all ages. Because it's silly and funny enough for the kids, whilst being funny for the grown ups who appreciate how clever the writing is - among other things, it will do very clever wordplay. Grown ups also appreciate the very sharp comedy. Plus all generations do get interesting facts presented to them in an interesting manner.
This season was twelve episodes. The box does say thirteen but that's because the 'savage songs' extra, which usually links all the songs from individual episodes together, was also broadcast as an individual episode in it's own right. All the songs in this do appear in the other episodes of the season. But it does contain original linking material featuring Rattus Rattus which is pretty funny.
There's a good mix of regular sketches through the season, with plenty of Horrible histories movie pitch, historical apprentice, ancient Brian Cox, and a good few stupid deaths. Bob Hale puts in three appearances. And one semi regular sketch not seen in a while does also make a welcome one off return. It also touches on the twentieth century outside of the World Wars, with some 'Troublesome twentieth century' stuff.
The final episode does end on a big rousing musical number which does bring a lot together, and is a song that will stick in your mind for a while. It's a really great finale of the kind the show deserved.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Extras, in addition to the aforementioned Savage Songs [that can be watched individually rather than having to go through it all for just one song] are the usual quiz questions, pulling out all those from individual episodes. Bloopers: two minutes of outtakes.
Plus stuff we couldn't fit in. This batch of scenes runs for almost twenty five minutes, so it's almost the length of a full episode. Since it contains one of the best ever stupid deaths, and a brilliant ancient Greek version of a certain game show. So it's well worth a watch.