HISTORY REALLY WAS HORRIBLE…
As is the core concept of the the Horrible Histories series “history with the nasty bits left in”, It focuses on all the darker and grittier aspects of historical events and the people within them periods, really showing how horrible history was. But as a series aimed at young children it can only go so far in terms of what it portrays as “horrible”, though injecting a good amount of humour into the story telling softens the blow and will pique the child’s as well as a grown up audiences interest.
For instance telling the story of executions and people dying of the plague known as the black death or people been burned alive in the great fire of London isn’t something you can imagine a child enjoy watching….however tell it in a way inspired by comedy series Monty Python and Blackadder, with a good amount of the bawdiness of the Carry on series using “grossout” humour as its major factor, then you will gain the audiences attention.
In accordance with the original writer Deary, the show did not poke fun or focus on recent historical events that were still close to peoples hearts and minds, the producers also found some major Historical events and movement too sensitive for comedy treatment aimed at children, such as slavery and the Holocaust. the premise of the series of Horrible Histories was to popularise history whilst educating and teaching to inspire curiosity within a fun and engaging way for both children and adults alike.