DVD & Blu-ray review: Horrible Histories: Series 4 (PG)

Dominic Brigstocke, Steve Connelly DVD/Blu-ray (360mins)

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The Independent Culture

CBBC's frequently funny and crude sketch show, which has a mission statement of “making history look less crap”, succeeds in making the past as accessible and enjoyable as possible for children.

The wittiest sketches here are “Historical MasterChef” (“People make food, and we eat the food”), Henry VIII's “Cash in the Abbey”, nerdish cavemen and “Stupid Deaths”. The cast of The League of Gentlemen cameo in this vigorous, inventive show that puts most “grown-up” British comedies to shame.