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Nick Knowles hits out at BBC for axing educational show Historyonics and suggests it’s because he’s ‘not posh’

Nick Knowles has hit out at the BBC for not showing repeats of his educational series Historyonics and suggested it’s because he’s ‘not posh’.

The TV presenter, best known for fronting DIY: SOS, made the claims after a fan got in touch asking why Historyonics isn’t repeated on the channel or on its streaming service BBC iPlayer, like many other shows.

Instead, viewers can only feast their eyes on one-minute long clips of Historyonics, with Nick suggesting it’s because he wrote the series and isn’t considered ‘posh’.

Historyonics, which saw Nick look back at historical figures and key historical events, only aired for one series in 2004, before being axed despite pulling in millions of viewers.

Nick claimed that if the show was fronted by acclaimed historian Dan Snow instead of him, the BBC may have been more inclined to commission another series.

His comments came in an exchange with a fan, who tweeted Nick saying: ‘Nick, why have I never seen Historyonics repeated? I’d forgotten how funny and Pythonesque it was. Everything else gets repeats – this only short clips on BBC site. I splurted my coffee when I saw your brother turn up in this one!’

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Nick said it was ‘odd’ that BBC axed Historyonics and won’t show full repeats (Picture: Twitter)
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Nick hosted Historyonics for one season in 2004 (Picture: BBC)

Nick responded: ‘Yes it was all very odd It was the highest rated history show on BBC1 ever getting up to 7 million viewers which is unheard of. Factually correct & funny, but I wrote it and I’m not posh! Teachers loved it to teach & used it but no second series & not repeated once. Odd. Not oxbridge.’

His reply prompted the fan to call on the BBC to start showing Historyonics again, with the person quizzing if the channel was too ‘snobby’ to do so.

They tweeted: ‘Come on ⁦@BBC⁩ – start showing these again. @MrNickKnowles⁩ A great way for school kids to learn about history and have some fun – or are you a bit too snobby at the Beeb?’

Nick then responded: ‘Can you imagine Lovely Dan Snow writing a family history show getting 7 million viewers and it not getting a second series, never being repeated and not available to download.’

The TV star added: ‘Many teachers asked @BBCOne to repeat it or make it available to download but never seen again.’

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He claimed if the show was hosted by acclaimed historian Dan Snow things might have been different (Picture: Twitter)
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Nick suggested ‘posher types’ wouldn’t have had their show axed after pulling in good ratings (Picture: Twitter)

The fan then replied: ‘I’m no expert but did some snobby person in BBC History Dept decide it was too populist and blackball a second series because you don’t have a History doctorate? Or am I too cynical?’

Pushing the BBC once more, they tweeted: ‘Come on @BBC – you repeat some right old rubbish so why not a great show like this?’

Again, Nick couldn’t resist replying as he tweeted back: ‘Couldn’t possibly comment, but it’s fair to say it’s difficult to imagine any of the posher history types getting those figures and it never being seen again.’

Since fronting the history series, Nick went on to appear on I’m A Celebrity in 2018 and released his own album Every Kind Of People in 2017.

He continues to host DIY SOS: The Big Build on BBC and fans will have seen Nick lately on new Channel 5 series Nick Knowles’ Big House Clearout.


Credit: Original article published here.

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