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Ancients Behaving Badly
GenreDocumentary
Directed byOscar Chan
Andy Webb
Narrated byTom McCamus
ComposersJerome McPeek
Norman Orenstein
Country of originUK and Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producersDan Chambers
Pauline Duffy
Elliott Halpern
ProducersKelda Deike
Andy Webb
CinematographyMichael Grippo
EditorsFrancesco Bogino
Chris Wright
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companiesBlink Entertainment
Yap Films
Release
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.

Format

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.

Episodes