Stupid Deaths

Horrible Histories sketches-Stupid Deaths


Stupid Deaths is a favourite sketch shown across series’ 1-5 of the show. The sketches all feature a series of characters meeting Death (played by Simon Farnaby) and tell him and his judges how they came to meet their stupid death, before being let into the afterlife.


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A list of all the characters featured in Stupid Deaths sketches, in order of episode appearance.

1. Francis Bacon—Series 1 Episode 2—Slimy Stuarts sketch

2. Matthew Webb—Series 1 Episode 4—Vile Victorians sketch

3. Franz Reichelt—Series 1 Episode 6—Potty Pioneers sketch

4. Edmund II—Series 1 Episode 8—Vicious Vikings sketch

5. General Pausanias—Series 1 Episode 11—Groovy Greeks sketch

6. Aeschylus—Series 1 Episode 12—Groovy Greeks sketch

7. Sigurd the Mighty—Series 1 Episode 13—Vicious Vikings sketch

8. Bobby Leach—Series 2 Episode 1—Vile Victorians sketch

9. Heraclitus—Series 2 Episode 2—Groovy Greeks

10. Tudor entertainer—Series 2 Episode 3—Terrible Tudors sketch

11. Humphrey de Bohunh—Series 2 Episode 4—Measly Middle Ages sketch

12. Clement Vallandingham—Series 2 Episode 6—Awesome USA sketch

13. Arthur Aston—Series 2 Episode 8—Slimy Stuarts sketch

14. Cockney businessman—Series 2 Episode 9—Woeful Second World War sketch

15. Draco—Series 2 Episode 11—Groovy Greeks sketch

16. Diodorus the hunchback—Series 2 Episode 12—Rotten Romans sketch

17. Greek boxer—Series 3 Episode 2—Groovy Greeks sketch

18. James II of Scotland—Series 3 Episode 3—Measly Middle Ages sketch

19 Knights Templar—Series 3 Episode 4—Nasty Knights sketch

20 Griffith Ap Llewelyn—Series 3 Episode 5—Measly Middle Ages sketch

21. Countess of Coventry—Series 3 Episode 6—Gorgeous Georgians sketch

22. Molière—Series 3 Episode 7—Slimy Stuarts sketch

23. Henry I—Series 3 Episode 8—Measly Middle Ages sketch

24. Milo of Croton—Series 3 Episode 11—Groovy Greeks sketch

25. Archery accidents—Series 4 Episode 1—Terrible Tudors sketch

26. King Harold’s brothers—Series 4 Episode 4—Measly Middle Ages sketch

27. Hannah Twynnoy—Series 4 Episode 6—Gorgeous Georgians sketch

28. Richard the Raker—Series 4 Episode 7—Measly Middle Ages sketch

29. Richard the Lionheart—Series 4 Episode 8—Nasty Knights sketch

30. Pythagoras—Series 4 Episode 10—Groovy Greeks sketch

31. Robert Cocking—Series 4 Episode 12—Vile Victorians sketch

32. Arthur John Priest—Series 5 Episode 2—Troublesome 20th Century sketch

33. Ivan the Terrible—Series 5 Episode 3—Ruthless Rulers sketch

34. Madame Blanchard—Series 5 Episode 4—Gorgeous Georgians sketch

35. Hans Steininger—Series 5 Episode 5—Terrible Tudors sketch

36. Diane de Poitiers—Series 5 Episode 8—Terrible Tudors sketch

37. Emperor Domitian—Series 5 Episode 10—Rotten Romans sketch

38. Pliny the Elder—Series 5 Episode 11—Rotten Romans sketch

39. John of Bohemia—Series 5 Episode 12—Measly Middle Ages sketch


When the sixth series came out in 2015, Stupid Deaths, were replaced by Chatty Deaths (still starring Death played by Simon Farnaby, a parody of Alan Carr Chatty Man), in which historical characters that the episode had been based on would talk about their lives on a to Death.

Chatty Death



-Series 1: 7 sketches

–Series 2: 9 sketches

—Series 3: 7 sketches

—-Series 4: 7 sketches

—–Series 5: 8 sketches

-Slimy Stuarts: 3 sketches

-Vile Victorians: 2 sketches

-Potty Pioneers: 1 sketch

-Vicious Vikings: 2 sketches

-Groovy Greeks: 7 sketches

-Terrible Tudors: 4 sketches

-Measly Middle Ages: 7 sketches

-Awesome USA: 1 sketch

-Woeful Second World War: 1 sketch

Rotten Romans: 3 sketches

Nasty Knights: 2 sketches

Gorgeous Georgians: 3 sketches

Troublesome 20th Century: 1 sketch

Ruthless Rulers: 1 sketch


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