Coventry to star in new Horrible Histories series
HIT kids show Horrible Histories is bringing Coventry’s past to life.
TV crews were in the city for a new series of the CBBC show, which will feature sketches and songs filmed at St Mary’s Guildhall, Drapers’ Hall and The Charterhouse.
The team spent two days in the city filming sketches based on Lady Godiva and Margaret of Anjou as well as a song for Ira Aldridge, after conversations with the team from the Coventry City of Culture and Historic Coventry Trusts.
BAFTA-award winning Jess Ransom will star as Lady Godiva and Queen Margaret of Anjou, Javone Prince plays Ira Aldridge and Tom Stourton will also feature as Sir Henry Beaufort and other characters.
The programme will explore the legend of Lady Godiva, who is known across the world as for riding naked through the streets of the city in protest against her husband, the Earl of Mercia’s high taxes.
Queen Margaret of Anjou was the wife of Henry VI and played an active role in national affairs, including choosing Coventry as the home of the royal family and effectively making it the capital city during the 15 Century.
Ira Aldridge, an antislavery campaigner, was the first black actor to play Othello and managed a theatre in the city in 1828.
Richard Bradley of Lion Television, which makes Horrible Histories, said: “Lion TV is delighted to be working in Coventry and discovering more about its hidden sites and rich history.
“Coventry has been at the heart of so many important chapters of our nation’s history - we so excited to be giving some of those stories the unique Horrible Histories treatment.”
Jacqui Ibbotson, Great Place Project Manager at the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Coventry is to have its own Horrible Histories sketches.
“It is one of the most popular children’s TV programmes of the past decade, attracting millions of viewers and picking up over fifty national and international awards.
“It is one of those rare shows for kids that manages to entertain and educate in equal measure and this is our chance to showcase Coventry’s rich history to a whole new audience. Many of the show’s sketches are normally filmed in studio so to have Horrible Histories on location is a very special opportunity.”
Ian Harrabin of Historic Coventry Trust said: “Inviting Horrible Histories to film in The Charterhouse and Drapers’ Hall - both of which are benefiting from major capital investment ahead of 2021 - will be a great way to attract young people and families to the venues when they open.
“It is especially appropriate that a new song has been created by local composer Richie Webb for Drapers’ Hall as this perfectly matches the vision for the future of the building, as a centre for developing the musical talents of Coventry’s young people.
“The sketches look like they are going to be lots of fun - including an Ira Aldridge song with a 2Tone feel to it! And we are particularly pleased as Richie Webb - the fabulously talented composer of all our songs is a local boy!”
The show is based on the bestselling Horrible Histories books written by Terry Deary, illustrated by Martin Brown and published by Scholastic.