While disclaiming any active role in developing the subsequent series, he would eventually contribute to the writing as well as appearing in several small roles.
The producers were determined that the show be respectful of audience expectations for the Horrible Histories brand, maintaining its familiar visual style and content as far as possible.
The books and subsequent spin-off materials are intended to pique young children's interest in history via short, factually based but humorously told anecdotes highlighting aspects of the subject not usually covered in more traditional educational sources.
Lion TV executive producer Richard Bradley, whose company had previously produced several adult history-themed programmes and whose son was a fan of the Horrible Histories books, was the initial driving force behind a new TV adaptation.
Horrible Histories is a British sketch comedy television series, part of the children's history books of the same name.
The show was produced for CBBC by Lion Television with Citrus Television and ran from 2009 to 2013 for five series of thirteen half-hour episodes, with additional one-off seasonal and Olympic specials.
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The BBC readily agreed to this cross-demographic experiment.
In 2011, a spin-off game show, Horrible Histories: Gory Games, was launched on CBBC.