Nick Knowles hosts ‘Historyonics’ on BBC
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Nick Knowles is best known for fronting BBC television series DIY SOS, but the 59-year-old presenter has starred in a string of other popular shows over the years. Back in 2004, he hosted a humorous history programme which saw actors recreate famous historical figures or moments in time.
At present, BBC iPlayer only has short one minute clips of the series which was called Historyonics.
Earlier today a history-loving Twitter user rediscovered the programme that only ran for one series and reached out to the presenter.
“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,” user TheLarryBanda pointed out, while sharing footage from an episode.
“I splurted my coffee when I saw your brother turn up in this one!” he continued.
“Yes it was all very odd,” Nick replied, in view of his 159,000 followers.
“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!” he blasted.
“Teachers loved it to teach & used it but no second series & not repeated once. Odd. Not Oxbridge,” he went on to claim.
He later re-shared another tweet from the same user who urged the BBC to make it available to watch.
“Come on @BBC – start showing these again,” the post read with a laughing emoji.
“A great way for school kids to learn about history and have some fun – or are you a bit too snobby at the Beeb?”
Seeming to agree, Nick went on to say that in addition to the show not being recommissioned for a second series, it has never been repeated.
“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,” he wrote online.
“Many teachers asked @BBCOne to repeat it or make it available to download but never seen again.”
The user 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?
“Come on @BBC – you repeat some right old rubbish so why not a great show like this?”
Nick weighed in on the class issue in his response.
“Couldn’t possibly comment [laughing emoji] 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,” he added.
A BBC spokesperson declined to comment when Express.co.uk contacted them.
Nick has worked for the BBC since 1999, when DIY SOS first aired.
Other shows he has starred in for the network include emergency services documentary Real Rescues and talent show Last Choir Standing as well as several National Lottery game shows.
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