From the moment he discovered the Horrible Histories books by Terry Deary, No 1 Son was completely hooked. Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, and the rest, he read them all, cover to cover, and I firmly believe they’re responsible not only for his interest in history but in part, at least, the fact he passed all his exams in the subject with flying colours. And of course when the TV series started, our whole family were instantly hooked. Not only does it have plenty to entertain kids, but there are lots of ‘grown-up’ jokes too.
To help celebrate Horrible Histories 20th Anniversary BBC Worldwide are releasing Horrible Histories Series Four on DVD. Tune into Charles Darwin as David Bowie, a boy band of pilots from the Battle of Britain, nursing pioneer Mary Seacole in the style of Beyoncé, a big love ballad from Victoria and Albert, and the Pilgrim Fathers in Jay-Z and Alicia Keys-style. Watch the Historical Apprentice, a team of Neanderthals against a team of Homo Sapiens in a Stone Age hunting challenge while a team of pirates compete with sea merchants to avoid being fired.
Join the Historical MasterChefs who will be cooking up Saxon, Tudor, Crusader and Stone Age fayre and the intrepid Bob Hale is back to give high-octane whistle-stop reports on Human Evolution, Roman Britain, the Renaissance, and Napoleon.
This hilarious look at historical events is released on DVD on 27 May priced at £10.20, but I’m giving five lucky readers the chance to win a copy.
All you have to do to enter is tell me the name of your offspring’s (or your) favourite historical character. The winners of the DVDs will be chosen at random and entries close at midday on Friday May 31st. Usual The Mum Blog competition rules apply.