The series was a critical and ratings success, eventually gaining a wide all ages audience through its non-condescending and inclusive approach.
It has won numerous domestic and international awards and has been named among the greatest British children's television series of all time.
It maintains the franchise's overall irreverent but accurate focus on the dark, gruesome or scatological aspects of British and other Western world history, spanning from the Stone Age to the post-World War II era.
The creative team was largely recruited from the mainstream adult UK comedy scene.
They took inspiration from such quintessentially British historical-comedy classics as Blackadder and the Monty Python films.
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.
Early concepts for bringing it to the screen involved framing or interpretive devices, including a ghostly train carrying children into the past, or a wizard storyteller to act as their guide.