Magazine article Screen International

Horrible Histories Film in the Works

Magazine article Screen International

Horrible Histories Film in the Works

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The producers of Horrible Histories are in talks to produce a full-length feature film spin-off of the CBBC show.

Producer Caroline Norris told a panel session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that the project was at an early stage, but added: "We are in negotiations on a movie and we're are trying to sort out the rights with a US company."

Norris said that the proposed film would follow the Monty Python mould of transitioning from a sketch show to a narrative movie.

She revealed that the stoning sequence from Python's film Life of Brian featured in the original showreel that the team cut to sell the idea to the BBC, along with clips from Blackadder and Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Norris also said that one of the hardest sketches to sell to BBC compliance featured Cleopatra committing suicide, in this version by buying an asp over the internet.

"The fact is it happened, and I looked online and at children's projects to see how it is covered in schools," she said. …

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