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Horrible Histories: Gory Games
Genre Children's Game show
Presented by Dave Lamb
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 66
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Citrus Television and Lion Television
Distributor All3Media
Original network CBBC
Picture format 16:9
Original release 30 May 2011 (2011-05-30) – 26 January 2018 (2018-01-26)
Related shows Horrible Histories (2009)
Horrible Histories (2015)

Horrible Histories: Gory Games is a children's game show, co-produced by Citrus Television and Lion Television for CBBC, that debuted in 2011. It is a spin-off of hit children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories and is a product of the same creative team.


Gory Games is co-hosted by comedian Dave Lamb and Rattus Rattus, the rat puppet who also "hosts" the parent series. The show revolves around "horrible facts". Gameplay involves three child contestants (called "Horrible Historians") trying to obtain "Year Spheres" by completing either a historically-themed physical challenge or a quiz. Each Year Sphere contains a year which is either A.D. or B.C.. If it is A.D., the year is added to the player's score at the end of the show; if B.C., it is subtracted from it. The player with the highest overall score after three rounds is the winner.

The games are divided into six categories: "Brainy", "Messy", "Scary", "Silly", "Gory" and "Death" (hosted by Death himself). Quiz questions manifest as either multiple-choice or true-or-false questions and may be asked either by Dave, Rattus, a live-action or animated character from that period, or—in Series 3—Death. "Prop questions" are also asked.

Similarly to its parent series, the games are grouped under randomly selected historical eras or civilizations based on Terry Deary's original books. To date the eras used in Gory Games are:

As from series 3, at the end of the show, the two runners up ended up having to go home through the Time Sewer which was a slide leading to a tank of thick brown gunge. The kids were barefoot when they got gunged.

Cast members from the parent show make frequent cameo appearances as the historical questioners, as does Horrible Histories author Terry Deary.

Year Sphere Dates


Series 1

Episode Contestants Winner
1 Lukas, Zoe & TJ TJ
2 Ashley, Rowan & Zeke Zeke
3 Jeevan, Kate & Billy Billy
4 Emily, Ross & India Emily
5 Joel, Holly & Ayanda Holly
6 Dionne, Melissa & Lloyd Dionne
7 Ciorstaidh, Oliver & Hannah Hannah
8 Joanne, James & Ty Joanne
9 Jasmine, Greg & Monica Greg
10 Kelly, Jonah & Zofia Jonah
11 Erin, David & Rebecca Erin
12 Mia, Lucas & Emily Lucas
13 Jack, Maisy & Okechukwu Okechukwu

Series 2

Episode Contestants Winner
1 Nehaal, George & Lydia Nehaal
2 George, Hope & Saqlain George
3 Lloyd, Hermione & Sam Hermione
4 Hannah, Noah & Daisy Hannah
5 Sonnyboy, Carrera & Aaron Sonnyboy
6 Molly, Georgie & Josh Molly
7 Thomas, Harriet & Dominic Harriet
8 Phoebe, Andrew & Maisie Andrew
9 Christian, Isabel & Harry Isabel
10 Georgia, Paramvir & Olivia Georgia
11 Lucy, Matty & Rhyanna Matty
12 Oliver, Kayley & Omari Omari
13 September, Sol & Morgan September

Series 3

Episode Contestants Winner
1 Maya, Aaron & Olivia Aaron
2 Rehab, Robbie & Charlotte Robbie
3 Finn, Ella & Teddy Finn
4 Ayush, Amy & Gayatri Gayatri
5 Katie, Christopher & Eloise Christopher
6 Remy, Mary Kate & Lucas Lucas
7 Calla, Jay & Ellie Calla
8 James, Ash & Callum Ash
9 Aaron, Faye & Daniel Faye
10 Natalie, Dray & Mimi Dray
11 Samuel, Leah & Rohan Rohan
12 Charlotte, Matt & Katya Charlotte
13 Charlie, Lily & Isaac Isaac
14 Rex, Rebecca & Kayden Rex
15 Eden, Kiera & Jacob Jacob

Series 4

Episode Contestants Winner
1 Harry, Abi & Aman Abi
2 Haryan, Kat & Arthur Kat
3 Georgia, William & Nyobi William
4 Theo, Yasmin & Max Yasmin
5 Joel, Anvita & Zachary Joel
6 Sam, Ellie & Will Ellie
7 Mery, Haider & Holly Holly
8 Diya, Santiago & Beth Diya
9 George, Sofie & Tyrell Sofie
10 Freya, Sam & Chineme Freya
11 Bobbie, Ollie & Millie Bobbie
12 Lewis, Amelie & Oscar Oscar
13 Sas, Zak & Annabel Annabel
14 Aaliyah, Freddie & Ellie Freddie
15 Akai Osei, Karim Zeroual & Isabel Clifton Akai Osei

Series 5

Episode Contestants Winner
1 Dan, Eva & Shai Dan
2 Seb, Brooke & Nathan Seb
3 Sam, Noah & Chiedza Chiedza
4 Edward, Inaaya & Jasmine Inaaya
5 Danyal, Rose & Tia Tia
6 Ruhama, Ben & Charlotte Ben
7 Affan, John Oscar & Elisabeth John Oscar
8 Melissa, Ella & Ashley Melissa
9 Paris, Keaton & Zainab Keaton
10 Leon, Ellen & Katherine Leon

Awards and nominations

In 2013, the show was nominated for a Children's BAFTA award in the category of Entertainment.

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