Horrible Histories to return for WWI special
Hooray! Horrible Histories is coming back to the BBC for a one-off World War One special...
The centenary of the First World War is almost upon us, and we can be certain that reflections on the conflict will take a prominent place in the culture of 2014. Among them, we are pleased to report, will be a special edition of Horrible Histories.
The BBC has announced that a forty-minute episode, featuring the usual crew of Mat Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Simon Farnaby, Larry Rickard, Jim Howick and Ben Willbond, will cover tasty topics such as the use of Girl Guides as spies, the gruesome truth of life in the trenches, coverage of the classic football encounter between British and German troops and will also ask why German Shepherd dogs became known as Alsatians.
All that, plus a frustrated captain trying to explain the not-so-simple reasons for Britain joining the war, which we expect will be rather more elaborate than the last time a frustrated Captain, one E. Blackadder, tried to do the same.
As is traditional, the team will also debut another one of their songs, this time from some Suffragettes, who will explain how the war affected the status of women.
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