"Christmas Special: Horrible Christmas" 17 December 2010


Christmas is a time for good will, family and presents. However, in Horrible Histories it's a time for farting jesters from Henry II, Christmas cards full of bacon and a Christmas dinner confiscated by Oliver Cromwell, and William the Conqueror's soldiers, believing that appreciators were attackers on Christmas Day, burned Westminster Abbey. Merry Christmas, Horrible Histories style! Viewers tuning in will discover that William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day 1066 but, when the congregation cheered, his soldiers thought it was a riot and burned down Westminster Abbey. Other tales include that of King Henry II's famous medieval jester, Roland the Farter, the man whose sole job was to break wind on Christmas Day. The show also explores some weird Victorian Christmas cards, which could include anything from a slice of bacon to a dead mouse.

Sketches featuredEdit

  • Measly Middle Ages: Roland the Farter. The true meaning of the "Silent Night" carol. Scary Stories: "The Night Before Childermass" (A poem). HHTV News: William the Conqueror's Christmas Crowning Riot
  • Smashing Saxons: Presents of Poo (from Series 1, Episode 8). The truth of the "Good King Wenceslas" carol.
  • Terrible Tudors: Mr. Tudor's Exceedingly Nice Mince Pies, Historical Masterchef. Elizabeth I's Christmas.
  • Slimy Stuarts: Oliver Cromwell's Forbidden Christmas (from Series 2, Episode 2). "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" carol. A Christmas message from King Charles II 1666
  • Vile Victorians: Victorian prison Christmas. The truth of the "O Christmas Tree" carol. Victorian Weird Cards.
  • Frightful First World War: HHTV Sport: Christmas Day 1914

Note: This episode has a different title sequence to the other Season 2 episodes and it features sketches from other episodes.

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