Writing Horrible Histories

Room: Tuke Cinema

with Ben Ward and Greg Jenner
moderated by Debbie Moon

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Horrible Histories is a multi-award winning comedy sketch show for children, based on the best-selling books by Terry Deary. First broadcast in 2009, it has earned widespread critical and popular success over its five series and has even spawned a spin-off BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Its unique format (factual sketch comedy) – coupled with its emphasis on quality writing, great performances and high production values – has seen it garner 15 international awards, including five Children’s BAFTAs and the 2012 Rose D’Or. It also made history as the first ever children’s programme to win a British Comedy Award, being named Best Sketch-Show in both 2010 & 2011.

In this session, writers Ben Ward, Larry Rickard and Greg Jenner will talk through their processes and the challenges and rewards of working on this ground breaking and iconic children’s tv show.