Horrible Histories team to make Shakespeare film

News Simon Brew 13 May 2013 - 10:13

William Shakespeare + Horrible Histories + Monty Python + historical inaccuracy = Bill, due in cinemas in 2014...

One of the current triumphs of the BBC is the Horrible Histories show, based in turn on the terrific books that have made some of the most significant events in history brilliantly accessible to a younger audience.

The six key cast of Horrible Histories - Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond - have got a brand new job on their hands, too. They're set to unite for a new project from BBC Films, which is basically, for want of a better way of putting it, a William Shakespeare origin story.

Based on a script by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, Bill - as the movie is called - is a comedy adventure that's set to reveal how Shakespeare went from being "a hopeless lute player" to someone who proved "the quill is mightier than the sword" (we're quoting the official press announcement, by the way).

Gleefully taking liberties with history, "just as Shakespeare did", the six core cast will play multiple roles, Monty Python style, and already this looks like a whole lot of fun.

The fifth and final series of Horrible Histories, incidentally, will start at the end of this month. Bill is likely to be in cinemas in 2014.

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Haven't watched it in a while, but still some interesting news.

By the way Den of Geek; WHERE IS YOUR ARTICLE ON AGENTS OF SHIELD!? They've just released posters, promos and a trailer!

- WHOOPS, sorry; just found it ;)

I grew up on Horrible Histories books, and if anyone out there has kids, you have to get them to read these, they are amazing.

Looks really good. I loved the books as a kid.

I had plans for today, dammit. Now I'm just watching Horrible History songs instead. Thanks.

Am I the only one who read Horrible Science more than Horrible Histories???
.... I'll leave now.

Do Rickard & Willbond write for the series?

I love the show but I'll be waiting to see what the film's like. Can they sustain the level over 90 minutes?

Still, even if it's not as good as the show, it will be miles better than most kids content these days.

Books were awesome, have yet to see the show. Glad it's such a ripping success!

Very excited about this! The Horrible Histories books were the whole reason I ever became interested in history.

The TV show definitely benefits from a lot of top comedy talent writing behind the scenes. Whether these two can break out from that and show off what they're capable of will be a great test.

When was the last time we had a british comedy ensemble that has worked together as much as these guys have?

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