Serious Academics Avoid: "Horrible Histories"® to Premiere on Discovery Family Channel

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07 April 2015
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"Horrible Histories"®
Friday, April 10 at 7 PM ET/PT on Discovery Family Channel
          Who said history has to be boring? Discovery Family Channel is bringing "Horrible Histories"®, the riotously funny and award-winning British series that turns traditional history lessons on its head, to American audiences this Spring. But serious history buffs, beware - this program, an outrageous take on the bygone events that have shaped our world, is probably going to shock you. Premiering on Friday, April 10 at 7/6c, "Horrible Histories"® ditches the history books to feature the strange, unconventional-and sometimes downright foolish-events, beliefs and anecdotes from olden times. 

          "Horrible Histories"® blends the funny with the factual to tackle some of history's most important, unpleasant and downright hilarious moments," said Tom Cosgrove, general manager, Discovery Family Channel. "Entertaining, and sometimes insightful with historical nuggets, outlandish sketches and songs-and a lot of people jumping about in ill-fitting costumes-families will laugh and learn at the same time...we hope!"

           Guided by the astute wisdom of Rattus Rattus, "Horrible Histories"®' resident talking rat, each half-hour episode offers an inside look into some of the most-and least-significant moments through time. The series provides a quirky spin on historical events, with the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus revealing the lazy secret to his success; the mighty Egyptian pharaoh, Ramesses II, meeting some smelly peasants on "Historical Wife Swap"; and Neil Armstrong sharing the real reason that he went to the Moon.

          Each episode of "Horrible Histories"® is preceded by a blunt warning about the ridiculously ridiculous program audiences are about to view. From the savage Stone Age and the groovy Greeks, to the rotten Romans and vile Vikings, Rattus Rattus and "Horrible Histories"® bring viewers on the fastest, funniest and daftest ride through history... yet!

          Inspired by 20 million-copy bestselling books by Terry Derry, "Horrible Histories"® sees the wit and wisdom that has charmed children and adults alike for 22 years leap from the page to the screen. Featuring a terrific ensemble cast including Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who), "Horrible Histories"® is considered to be among the greatest British family television series of all time. The series has been honored with numerous awards, including four Baftas and two British Comedy Awards.

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