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The History Of The World Backwards

Premier :: 2007-10-30

Airs :: Tuesday 22:00 on BBC Four

Genre :: Comedy
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Summary

The History of the World Backwards tells the story of the world, but in a world where time flows forwards whilst history told backwards. In other words, if you were born in 2007, you would be 60-years-old in 1947. All the major historical events happen backwards, so for example, Nelson Mandela enters jail a Spice Girls fan, and comes out as a terrorist intent in overthrowing the state.[1] There are several recurring themes, such as the "Technology collapse", where scientific discoveries are lost, forgotten or made unworkable.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 6 - Episode 6
Aired - 04 December 2007

Episode summary:

Viewers are taken back to the sunset of recorded time in this final instalment of The History Of The World Backwards, as Rob Newman's comic reverse history lesson fuses comedy sketches, history, archive and music. Buddha begins to find spiritual life hard going and, once more, we join Jesus, losing more crowds with his carpentry-themed parables. In Ethiopia, King David, the Lion of Judah and head of the Rastafarian religion, suffers from target-obsessed Rasta clergy. In Britain, a Dacian motivational speaker tries to reverse the catastrophic loss of confidence which has seen Celtic stonemasons and architects limit themselves to building nothing but Stone Circles. Moses delivers 10 commandments to God – but with conditions. In Egypt, King Tutankamen has regression therapy and finds that in a past life he was an aromatherapist in Hebden Bridge. And, in an epic finale, the programme explores the Creation Myth of the Neanderthals.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 6 Episode 6 Aired - 04 December 2007
+ Episode - 5 Episode 5 Aired - 27 November 2007
+ Episode - 4 Episode 4 Aired - 20 November 2007
+ Episode - 3 Episode 3 Aired - 13 November 2007
+ Episode - 2 Episode 2 Aired - 06 November 2007
+ Episode - 1 Episode 1 Aired - 30 October 2007

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