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Blue Peter, CBBC
Gory Games, CBBC
This gruesome spin-off from Horrible Histories has cleverly managed to create a game show which actually teaches the viewers some history along the way. There’s still plenty of slime (and fake poo), and the history may not always be pleasant, but if your child learns about Ancient Egypt by watching someone pull guts out of a mummy, it’s got to be worth the gore.
Deadly 60, CBBC
Children who like their animals to be a little on the dangerous side will love Deadly 60. Presenter Steve Backshall is fearless as he ventures into the wild to track down the world’s deadliest animals. If you like this, look out for the spin offs, Live ‘n’ Deadly, and Deadly 360.
Horrible Science, Citv
Aimed at children aged six to 12, Horrible Science does for science what Horrible Histories did for, well, history. Presented by Ben Miller – one half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller – Horrible Science also features a cast of crazy characters whose science exploits often end in chaos. There's plenty of gross stuff to appeal to the pre-teen age bracket, but some genuine science to be learnt, too.
Horrible Histories, CBBC
Art Ninja, CBBC
Operation Ouch!, Cbbc
Blow Your Mind, CBBC
For more suggestions for younger children see our EYFS educational shows picks and KS1 TV learning shows.