TV episodes review: Horrible Histories: 3.6, 3.7 (2011), directed by Dominic Brigstocke, Steve Connelly and/or Chloe Thomas
We continue the forages into the horrible side of history! A couple of new features need mentioning, because I failed to mention them previously: The pet shop and Horrible Points of View. The pet shop follows the format of a man coming into a pet shop (manned by Martha Howe-Douglas) who wants to buy a pet, and the shop clerk gets more and more horrified at his reasons behind it and refuses to sell him any animals. For instance, coming in to buy a dog in order to rip its entrails out to tell the future …
In Horrible Points of View, Mathew Baynton has a mail bag from a historical era, who have written in to the BBC. For non-Brits: it’s a play on Points of View, the BBC viewer feedback show, where people write in to voice complaints, etc. The Celts sent him a severed head. It’s fun.
Other features making a comeback are the historical paramedics, still out there causing havoc on the pavements of modern Britain.
Song-wise, we have been treated to Jim Howick as Richard III, singing about how his reputation was ruined by Tudor propaganda and that a lot of the inaccuracies stem from Shakespeare’s Richard III, because the man was writing plays for Queen Elizabeth I – a Tudor. I believe The Sunne in Splendour, one of Richard Armitage’s favoured books and the basis of his Richard III project (I think?), is about this.
The next song is a Michael Jackson Bad parody starring four Roman emperors, competing over who was the most bad-ass one of the lot. I believe we’ve seen all of them previously, because I remember the guy with the Roman lottery, who was also the same as Historical Come Dine With Me in a previous series; Nero, who put the “Roman into Romantic Comedy”; and the completely bonkers Caligula, of course.
Can’t get enough of these songs! It seems to me like in this series, they’re not just copying a style of song, as in power ballad (Literally), irritatingly catchy pop song (Do The Pachacuti), Oldies (Caveman Love) and so on – no, they’ve gone a step further and are parodying actual artists and their style of songs specifically. Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga … Curious to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves!
New episode at 5:15pm/17:15 tonight.