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.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Reigned In

Henry IX. Image shows from L to R: Serena (Kara Tointon), King Henry (Charles Edwards)
Henry's snap decision to abdicate sends shockwaves through the Royal household, who close ranks in their efforts to make the King see sense.

Preview clips

Further details

Henry's creeping dissatisfaction with life on the throne after 25 years of loyal ribbon cutting is brought into sharp focus when he visits a half-way house in Manchester for recovering crack addicts and gets an earful from the young residents. Back at the Palace, and seeing the world with fresh eyes, a chance meeting with florist Serena further impacts on Henry. His subsequent snap decision to abdicate sends shockwaves through the Royal household, who close ranks in their efforts to make the King see sense.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 5th April 2017
40 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 6th April 2017 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 9th April 2017 5:20pm Gold
Tuesday 11th April 2017 9:30pm Gold
Wednesday 12th April 2017 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 20th April 2017 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 26th April 2017 7:20pm Gold
Sunday 11th February 2018 9:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 18th July 2018 12:40am Gold
Tuesday 24th July 2018 2:40am Gold
Friday 19th July 2019 2:15am Gold
Friday 27th March 2020 2:50am Gold
Sunday 26th July 2020 7:00am Gold
Thursday 3rd September 2020 2:50am Gold
Monday 7th September 2020 2:20am Gold
Wednesday 24th March 2021 3:00am Gold
Friday 27th August 2021 3:25am Gold
Monday 8th November 2021 3:20am Gold
Tuesday 25th January 2022 1:05am Gold
Monday 7th February 2022 7:45am Gold
Monday 14th March 2022 1:15am Gold
Monday 16th May 2022 2:45am Gold

Cast & crew

Charles Edwards King Henry
Don Warrington Gilbert
Colin Salmon Franny
Gina Bellman Lady Leonora
Sally Phillips Queen Katerina
Kara Tointon Serena
Annette Crosbie Queen Charlotte
Duncan Pow Byron
Ben Ashenden Damian
Jay Simpson Marcello
Francesca Regis Princess Alice
Guest cast
Pippa Haywood Prime Minister Oxlade
Kate O'Sullivan Female Dignitary
MC Angel Rapper
Grace Savage Beatboxer
Matthew Raymond Palace Security
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Vadim Jean Director
Pete Thornton Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer
Tarquin Gotch Executive Producer
Tanya Qureshi Executive Producer
Simon Lupton Executive Producer
Steve Ackroyd Editor
Steve Parnell Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Jane Spicer Costume Designer
Clive Norman Director of Photography
Nicola Coleman Make-up Designer
Pascal Wyse Composer
Peter Freeman 1st Assistant Director


Silver Jubilee Parade

King Henry reveals some big news.

Featuring: Charles Edwards (King Henry), Sally Phillips (Queen Katerina) & Pippa Haywood (Prime Minister Oxlade).

Think About It?

Queen Charlotte and Queen Katerina try to make King Henry change his mind about standing down.

Featuring: Charles Edwards (King Henry), Sally Phillips (Queen Katerina) & Annette Crosbie (Queen Charlotte).


Preview - Henry IX

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the duo behind classic sitcoms Porridge and The Likely Lads, are back with a new three-part series on Gold.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 5th April 2017

This new abdication sitcom is a real coup for UKTV, having secured the writing services of British comedy royalty Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. After 25 years on the throne, good egg Henry IX floats the idea of stepping down, throwing his coterie into crisis. With an elegant cast - including Charles Edwards, Colin Salmon and Sally Phillips - exchanging dry lines in echoey state rooms, it feels like an eccentric UK cousin to The Young Pope.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 5th April 2017

Henry IX preview

Gold's new three-part comedy Henry XI doesn't quite seem like the 'must-watch' its pedigree suggests, although it's a gently enjoyable half-hour with a handful of strong gags.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 5th April 2017

Henry IX, UK Gold, review - 'return of sitcom classics'

Clement and La Frenais' latest sitcom is stuffed with gags.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 5th April 2017

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