Henry IX. King Henry (Charles Edwards)
Henry IX

Henry IX

  • TV sitcom
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais about the King of the United Kingdom. Also features Charles Edwards, Don Warrington, Colin Salmon, Gina Bellman, Sally Phillips and more.

Henry IX. Image shows from L to R: Franny (Colin Salmon), Lady Leonora (Gina Bellman), Queen Katerina (Sally Phillips), King Henry (Charles Edwards), Queen Charlotte (Annette Crosbie), Serena (Kara Tointon), Gilbert (Don Warrington)

Key details

3 (1 series)
Charles Edwards, Don Warrington, Colin Salmon, Gina Bellman, Sally Phillips, Kara Tointon, Annette Crosbie, Daniel Quirke and more
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Vadim Jean
Pete Thornton, Jon Rolph, Tarquin Gotch, Tanya Qureshi and Simon Lupton

A single camera series on a grand scale set in the fictitious, contemporary court of Henry IX, King of the United Kingdom.

This is the almost universal story of a forty-something man going through a mid-life crisis... except this one just happens to be the reigning monarch, King of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

This three part sitcom has been penned by the legendary, multi award-winning comedy writing team behind Porridge, The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

The series sees Henry struggle to make changes to his life in the face of centuries of tradition and a Royal household who are fairly sure they have his - and if not, certainly their own - best interests at heart.

Having experienced a profound crisis of confidence brought on via a meeting with some young rap artists, Henry decides that he and the country at large will be best served if he abdicates in favour of his 23-year-old son Alastair - a person better equipped to 'connect' with this younger generation. These plans are hampered in turn by aloof wife Queen Katerina, dotty mother Queen Charlotte, loyal but ultra-royalist valet Gilbert and harried equerry Major Francis Hornsby-Bray.

Things are further complicated by Henry's burgeoning relationship with Palace florist Serena and the fact that Alastair happens to be gay - and prior to any accession to the throne would ideally like to marry his Australian lover Quinton in Westminster Abbey.

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Additional details

Also known as
  • Royal Blues (Working title)
Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 9pm on Gold
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 30th May 2022 at 3:30am on Gold - Episode 3
  • Monday 30th May 2022 at 2:55am on Gold - Episode 2
  • Monday 16th May 2022 at 2:45am on Gold - Episode 1

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