Ghastly Histories is a British children's tv series based on the Terry Deary record series of the same name. It aims to minister to amusement while also informing its audience about summary, thereby making a stereotypically exhausting text fun. The series has become very eminent, and many of its harmonious numbers have become viral hits. The bear out has spawned a gameshow spinoff, Grisly Games, and a re-delete of the bear out, designed for an older audience and hosted by Stephen Fry was also released.

Each incident features a assortment of sketches and cartoons from different noteworthy and pass eras and commentaries from Rattus Rattus, the stooge rat who has coined the catchphrases «The Rat knows all» and «It's 100% accu-RAT». Some sketches, such as «Historical The Missis Swap», «Historical Hospital» and «Historical Masterchef», are pastiches of impudent TV formats. The series also includes quizzes and numerous songs, and relies heavily on elaborated plays on words and puns.

The first series was thirteen episodes fancy, and was programme from 16 April to 9 July 2009 on CBBC on BBC One. The second series aired from 31 May 2010 to 27 July 2010. A Christmas steadfast was programme on 17 December 2010. The third series aired from 30 May 2011 to 26 July 2011 on CBBC. The fourth series was programme from 9 April 2012 to 8 June 2012. A Halloween Steadfast was programme on 29 October 2012. Series two, three and four consist of twelve episodes each, with the summing-up of a thirteenth incident, the «Savage Songs Special» (a compilation of various songs in the past seen on each series), at the end. Series five began airing on 27 May 2013 and consists of 16 episodes.

Caroline Norris, series grower, announced in betimes 2013 that the bear out would not take up (for now) benumbed and buried series five, though added the Ghastly Histories troupe would take up to travail together in later projects.[1]
Contents [lurk]
1 Production
1.1 Launching and relationship with record series
1.2 Critique and shooting
1.3 Music
1.4 Casting, characters, costuming and design
1.5 Animation
2 Themes
2.1 Jolly and cultural references
2.2 Recorded loosely precision and benumbed and buried-emcee relationship
2.3 Children's show
2.4 Glowering content
2.5 Eras
2.6 Anglo-centrism
3 Parlous reception
3.1 Popularity
3.2 Awards and nominations
4 Cast
4.1 Vital cast
4.2 Recurring and patron cast
5 Eras and civilisations featured
5.1 Commonly featured
5.2 Random or individual appearances
6 Sketches
6.1 Recurring sketches
6.2 One-off sketches
6.3 Unseen sketches
7 Songs
7.1 Series 1
7.2 Series 2
7.3 Christmas Special
7.4 Series 3
7.5 Series 4
7.6 Risqu Peter's Big Olympic Tour
7.7 Intimidating Special
7.8 Series 5
8 Episodes
9 Ratings
9.1 Series 1
9.2 Series 2
9.3 Series 3
9.4 Series 4
9.5 Series 5
9.6 Specials
10 Turn-offs
10.1 Ghastly Histories: Grisly Games
10.2 Ghastly Histories with Stephen Fry
10.3 Ghastly Histories at the Proms
10.4 Ghastly Histories: Noisome Treasures
10.5 Yonderland
10.6 BILL
11 DVD releases
12 References
13 Extrinsic links

In 2009 a breathing-conduct tv series based on the books by Terry Deary was made by Lion Tv and shown on BBC One and CBBC in the Partnership Principality.[2] The manufacture of the tv series followed a relaunch of Deary's books, and Lisa Edwards, column overseer of Scholastic UK, said, «Following the hugely eminent relaunch of the books this year, the TV bear out will be a weighty summing-up to the perennially hot Ghastly Histories property.» [3] Before the series went on air, BBC government grower Kim Shillinglaw said that Ghastly Histories would be «stuffed well-stacked of blood, battles and frowning jolly, and will also recite children some of the weighty facts and narratives of history».[4]
Each series of thirteen episodes takes about a year to breed. The handle includes two to three months of critique, eight weeks of filming, and three to four months of situate-manufacture. The recorded consultants and researches rather commence months before the writers start travail.[5]
The second series of Ghastly Histories began airing on BBC 2 and CBBC on 31 May 2010 in co-manufacture with Citrus Tv, following situate-manufacture by Party Line Situate Manufacture, London.[6] The bear out costs about half as much as any other sketch bear out, a relatively bear out in TV terms. The gang are often given what they need by Party Line Situate Manufacture for unlock, out of sincere-love for the bear out, drift the bear out costs a lot less that it may seem. Farnaby points out that «nobody makes millions of pounds».[1]
The third series began airing on 30 May 2011.

In September 2011, it was announced that The Band of Gentlemen would reunite to act sketches together on the fourth series of Ghastly Histories,[7][8] which began airing on 9 April 2012. They were seen in episodes 1, 3, 6, 12 and 14, playing a panel of fog executives approached by several recorded figures who were trying to tear into determine their own biopics.

Launching and relationship with record series[delete]
The fantasy for the series was brought up from cut in the Ghastly Histories books. After an beaten 2001 energetic series, Terry Deary fixed to try again with a breathing conduct modifying of his books, despite being up in the air of TV«s adeptness to pinch the pungency of them.[9] The makers of the new series felt persuade because they «didn»t want to blemish the brand«. They wanted to breathing up to the grade of the record series. Series grower Caroline Norris explained »Terry is quite anarchic in his demeanour and he is really at choosing the facts that kids will really enlist with«. For this be careful of, the demeanour of the books was their »starting point«. The record series also helped them by allowing them to »Tackle particular subjects« on CBBC as the disposed to quantity was in the books, drift that kids already knew about it. Norris argues that if the record series had not existed, the bear out would probably have not been allowed to be »as disobedient as it is«. Simon Farnaby explains how kids really like End, even though he is a very glum and frighteningly looking cove.[5] In collecting stake, Norris and her unite composed everyone they knew were really at their jobs and »persuaded them to do it on a slenderize smaller budget».[10]
Especially in the first few seasons, the writers only took their facts from Terry Deary«s books. After that, they «ran out of facts» and now use recorded consultants to hope out usable tidbits elsewhere. The «visual style» of the series comes from the books. Norris says that this was a preference made because «this is what kids recognise as Ghastly Histories». When they fixed to use «animated links», they chose Martin Brown»s representation designs from the books, as «they had a firm disgrace to start with so it seemed clod to reinvent it». The non-linear grade to the books, as well as its use of multiple media (including diaries and newspaper articles etc.) are also reciprocated in the bear out. For example, Norris explains a «list of accidents that happened to the Habitation Guard» that was lifted explicitly out of the books and turned into a sketch. Other substantive gave them ideas on how to formulate the bear out, for example the nourishment recipes gave them the fantasy of doing a «cookery show», which morphed into many ideas such as the MasterChef take off. Norris said that the books «feel like the templet for a sketch show». The creators created a bear out-apply to mean of shows like Blackadder, Monty Python and Do Not Set Your Set in class to say «this is the off one«s feed of demeanour we want». The stoning whereabouts from The Entity of Brian, which is both droll and glowering, was also instructional in explaining that people were «stoned for blasphemy» and that «women weren»t allowed at stonings». As Norris explains, «you learn something from it», which was a big essentially of their demeanour towards making the series.[5]
Critique and shooting[delete]
Writers meetings take lodgings during pre-manufacture in which facts that would do sketches are composed and shared. They take lodgings on a weekly principle, and each on around a particular text, for example Romans or Victorians. Sketch ideas are formulated from this handle. Norris says that essentially of the be careful of critique sketches without the aid of Terry Deary«s books is because he has already chosen sincere facts that are droll by themselves (for example Romans communally bathing), whereas the kink of the printing importune revolutionising communication (shown in a series five sketch) isn»t inherently droll. She said you're often trying to do sketches out of thinner and less bald-faced facts, which makes it harder to see something inviting out of it and do something new and unprecedented. For this be careful of, she estimates about half of the first drafts were scrapped.[1]
The writers do commission substantive, and actually both over-commission and overshoot (but only by a bit due to the businesslike to see budget). Norris tried to do sure there is a index of significance from a index of recorded eras. The ordering of sketches in episodes is done by critique every sketch inscription on a union card, and reordering them in a big grid. The bear out does have some rules regarding recurring sketches in episodes. For example, each incident features one to-do. Sometimes a connect of critique that the writers think is very doesn«t render well to fog. At other times, because of a playing, a sketch comes out much better than intended. For this be careful of, «you can»t really tell what«s going to go with what until you get into the delete suite».[5] Norris said that by series five the gang are were a lot more savvy to what works and what doesn»t travail, and often the pick would stress of issues with the sketch. [1]
Sketches are not usually written with a pick colleague in be careful of. Laurence Rickard has jokingly telling out that if a cove gets covered in an unsanitary sum total he is usually given the r. He says that he enjoys seeing the immutable edits of sketches that he«s written but not acted in, and seeing the uniqueness and jolly that the chosen actor has brought to the r. It»s described as «logistics»: who is unlock at a given stress in in days of yore.[1] An actor may not be in two consecutive sketches wholly because they can«t get changed in in days of yore.[11] If an actor specifically asks to amuse oneself a r, the gang will more often than not withstand, and then organize actors around that. Sometimes the gang on one»s own go against typecasting, in class to recite actors new opportunities and see where the sketches go as a follow-up.[1] Willbond said all the sketches are pick before scripts are handed out, and that he sometimes feels «sketch jealousy» due to missing out on opportunities to amuse oneself characters. [12] Except in very rare cases (such as Cynosure Elizabeth, who has been played by at least who actresses over the course of the series), the bear out actively tries to keep actors portraying the same cove. Baynton«s Charles II and Willbond»s Henry VIII are among the most dearest among the fanbase.

Site scouting takes lodgings in August, after three to four months of and three to four months of critique. They fog on site for four weeks, then in the studio for four weeks. The scripts for the site prevent a rough out are received and pore over within three days, and are re-learnt on set if need be, due to penny-ante changes including parley and casting. Actors have to be on set at 6:30, and filming commences at 8:00. The immutable situate-manufacture including editing takes places afterwards.[1] The site shooting is split up into eras — as each recorded era will be set in a seperate site. Wilbond referred to «Greek Week» as an example, which isparticular businesslike due to shooting in depressing climates in relatively skimpy costumes.[13] The breathing conduct aspects of the bear out are a assortment between shooting on set, shooting on site, and shooting on a unripened evaluate with computer effects. In many cases, the locations chosen are of recorded value. Some of a whereabouts where Howe-Douglas plays Cynosure Elizabeth is actually shooting in the same site as the fog Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett.[5]
Despite the need for loosely precision, there some lapse for improvisation. While the actors can«t convert facts, in the parts of the sketch that aren»t instructional they can amuse oneself with the significance. There are a few unceasing gag in-jokes between the actors that they try to snitch into sketches. For example, Simon Farnaby explained that he thinks he has «said «Hey now» in about 50 times in various sketches in different accents». Ben says «hot sausage» often. The discussion so is also said often with an precarious break when afterwards. The cinematographers demise the cameras unceasing at the end of a sketch, a sop = «standard operating procedure» which usually results in a punchline coming from the pick. Norris explained that «the actors educate [the bear out] to entity and then we cut out the bits that don't work».[5]
A resolve of the series is to have one featured in every incident, excluding jingles and other pieces. While in the first place most songs were unprecedented, during the second flavour, the songs have been parodies or pastiches of artists or styles of music. The Trannie Times says «after some tinkering in the betimes days, [the bear out] quick adopted the form of pastiching recognisable pop styles».[14] The to-do choices are often picked for fun, and «sometimes [the gang are]...massively self-indulgent». The writers are honestly fatigued towards older music so they do a awake elbow-grease to see the current equivalents for recorded figures, for example choosing a Lady Gaga to-do for Cleopatra to pipe. Sometimes the to-do preference is due to a something trivial, such as the preference to take off a David Bowie to-do to exemplify Charles Darwin«s theory of growth, so they could subsume the panegyrical «cha-cha-cha-changes».[5] Norris said «we try to robe a index of styles, eras, and performers, and not reproduction what we»ve done before. Everyone can tear into determine in with luxury ideas. I usually think about the to-do compilation incident [which ends the series after the 12 conventional episodes] and what the mix will sensation like in that. We're always looking for current styles that the audience will know, as well as older music they might think is fun».[14]
The to-do «Charles Dickens» was described as «a benumbed-on Smiths mash that will fly explicitly over the noggin of the kids in the CBBC audience». Baynton said of «Rosa Parks», «I about seeing it cut together and judgement, I wouldn't bet against that one to-do having a entity beyond Ghastly Histories». The Trannie Times described the «Price Tag» take off «Joan of Arc» as «One that the kids will definitely have got» and said «The examination destruction is particularly good». «The Vikings» epitomises a common make one«s way through of many Ghastly Histories pastiches: the involvement of many insolent references to the unprecedented primer. These subsume lines like «just like Robbie» in the Humanity War II-themed Take That take off. This Simon and Garfunkel allegiance makes recommendation to «Mrs Robinson», «The Boxer» and «Baby Driver». The Trannie Times said of «Marcus Licinius Crassus»: «HH is effulgent at judgement lesser-known stories that back up summary isn»t exhausting: this is one of them, and the music fits it ideally».[14]
The Trannie Times described the originative handle behind to-do manufacture: «Each to-do has a fancy originative handle behind it: series grower Caroline Norris and citizen historian Greg Jenner see a disposed to quantity, before commissioning a panegyrical from one of the critique unite – almost always Dave Cohen. Norris and Cohen then put down and rewrite, desperately trying to convey as much complex recorded poop as they can, as clearly as they can.»[14] The songs are written and recorded around August of each year.[1] Only one song's lyrics were not written by the unite — The Georgian Lady, whose lyrics are taken explicitly from the Ghastly Histories Super Georgians record.

Richie Webb, the harmonious overseer for Ghastly Histories, has composed each and every to-do featured on the bear out. According to him, «the luxury of the music is really signal because it makes the lyrics even funnier». For example, the «pretty grim» lyrics for the «Pachacuti song» is paired up with a «sing-to-do propitious summer pop style», in class to juxtapose the «horrible lyrics [with] a exuberant tune». He got afflatus for the conformity from other catchy songs such as «Macarena», «The Birdy Song» or the «The Ketchup Song».[15] He has been described by

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