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'Horrible Histories' to return as Shakespeare comedy movie 'Bill'

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BBC Films has announced plans to make a Horrible Histories feature.

The big screen version of the BAFTA-winning kids' show will be titled Bill and centre around a young William Shakespeare.

Horrible Histories

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BBC's 'Horrible Histories'

Terry Deary at the 2013 National Cross Country Championships in Sunderland, England

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'Horrible Histories' creator Terry Deary



Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond penned the script for the movie, which will see lute player Bill Shakespeare leave his family and home to follow his dream of becoming a playwright. The film will see "murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth".

Horrible Histories's six lead cast members Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond will return for the Richard Bracewell-directed film, which shoots later this year.

Screenwriters Rickard and Willbond said: "Bill is a comedy adventure for all the family. We're playing with history, just as Shakespeare did, for the entertainment of the audience. And we like to think he'd be okay with it. Apart from the bit where he's dressed as a tomato."

Head of BBC Films Christine Langan added: "We're thrilled that BBC Films is making the first film starring this team of incredibly talented and popular British comedy writers and performers.

"Horrible Histories has been a terrific success and is hugely popular with both kids and their parents. Bill will be a film for all the family to enjoy with original British talent telling a very funny story about Shakespeare."

Watch a clip from Horrible Histories below:

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