Ancients Behaving Badly

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Ancients Behaving Badly
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Directed byOscar Chan
Andy Webb
Narrated byTom McCamus
Composer(s)Jerome McPeek
Norman Orenstein
Country of originUK and Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)Dan Chambers
Pauline Duffy
Elliott Halpern
Producer(s)Kelda Deike
Andy Webb
CinematographyMichael Grippo
Editor(s)Francesco Bogino
Chris Wright
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Blink Entertainment
Yap Films
Original networkThe History Channel
Original releaseNovember 6 (2009-11-06) –
December 30, 2009 (2009-12-30)

Ancients Behaving Badly is a British and Canadian produced documentary series that aired from November to December 2009 on the Canadian The History Channel and the American counterpart. The show focuses on the misdeeds of famous historical figures using forensic investigation, animated sequences, and historian interviews. Although events are depicted in a serious manner, the series has an occasionally tongue-in-cheek narrative style.


Narrated by Tom McCamus, each episode features a new historical leader who "behaved badly." The person's life story is explored through cartoon sequences and historian interviews. The historical figure is then placed on an "Ancients Behaving Badly Psychograph." The y-axis rates them from "goal driven killer" to "psychopathic murderer", while the x-axis measures individual pathologies.


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