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Horrible Histories: Complete Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
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The multi award-winning series that revels in history’s most gruesome, bizarre, unpleasant, silly – but funniest moments.
From the Woeful World Wars, the Measly Middle Ages and the Savage Stone Age to Cut-throat Celts, Groovy Greeks, Rotten Romans, Vicious Vikings and Awful Egyptians, Horrible Histories celebrates the strange facts, rotten rulers, gory battles, crazy inventions and weird and wonderful stories from the past in sketches and songs.
“Horrible Histories isn't just the best show on children's television – it's one of the smartest comedies on TV” The Guardian
“We wish history had been taught like this in our day!” TV Times
“Full of outlandish and memorable facts.” Sunday Express
A lovely series this, based on a terrific series of books. Horrible Histories takes a gleeful look back at history, mixing in lots of unpleasant moments with many funny ones. It’s a recipe that shouldn’t work, but very much does. Aimed at youngsters, it presents an engaging, accessible and outlandish look at history.
You get the first three series in this collection, that takes you through the Middle Ages, wars, the Greeks, the Romans and the Vikings, and each is treated with due respect. But Horrible Histories, with its sketch-like approach, has a lot of fun with it all too. Frequently very funny indeed, whether you’re young or old, it’s educational and genuinely entertaining. That’s some balance that it manages to achieve, and yet the tone is pretty near perfect. Furthermore, it’s savvy enough to move onto the next topic quickly enough, so boredom or disinterest isn’t given the slightest chance to slip in.
The DVD set throws in some welcome and equally fun extra features, too. It’s a well-collated mix of outtakes, deleted material and quiz questions, with a few songs thrown in for good measure. And, coupled with the number of episodes you get--there is, after all, nearly 20 hours of Horrible Histories here--it proves to be a terrific all-round package. Heartily recommended.
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I was originally put on to watching a couple of episodes on TV by the grandchildren and was hooked from the start.
From the acting to the styling to the direction to the production......(I could go on) in every respect, this programme is top notch. I am a lover of history anyway, but if it had been taught in any way as good as this when I was at school, I would have been even more hooked.
How would I score it? - 8/5 (ok, my math is not quite as good as it was)
Recommended? - Absolutely, emphatically YES
Suitable age group? - 6 to 106
Other comments? - Whether you have kids or not, if you have the remotest interest in history, BUY IT!!!!
It is, hands down, the best entertainment purchase I have made this year. And it would have been a bargain at twice the price - I don't remember the last time a show made me laugh this much! ...to the point that my neighbors are probably annoyed with me. One of the sketches I watched last night (NEW! Emperor Statue) had me laughing so hard I had to re-watch it twice just so I could be quiet enough to understand what they were saying. And who knew that Roman statues had swappable heads and limbs because the emperors were killed so often? I didn't! The songs are catchy and every member of this cast has talent oozing out of their ears. I've since ordered 'Yonderland' and will be starting that as soon as I'm finished with this show! And I hope their upcoming film 'Bill' gets a release stateside!
It's a bit of a shame this is considered a "kids" show. I am a 29-year-old American woman and the only thing that differentiates this show from contemporary "adult" comedies is the lack of swearing and overt sex jokes, which are often lazy comedy anyway.
I always liked history in school, but it was never this much fun! Wish this series were more readily available here in the States!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this show it's hilarious and educational! And the actors are brilliant So glad I bought the box set hope there's more series to comePublished 17 days ago by scotty potty
One evening I heard my 9 and 11 year old daughters laughing their heads off so I went to see what was causing this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nugent Dirt
I am 23 and not ashamed to say I absolutely love the Horrible Histories TV show!
Brilliant sketches and parodies of well-known songs and shows, eg. Read more
Grandson loves these made him laugh while learning facts about historyPublished 4 months ago by Lynne
I bought this for my two girls (7 and 10). They love it - and so do I!
This is SO funny. What a fab way of entertaining and educating our kids!