Henry IX , a 3x 40’ single camera sitcom for UKTV Gold written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the multi award winning comedy team behind Porridge and The Likely Lads is coming to our screens on 5th April at 9:00pm.
The series which features a classic story of a forty-something man suffering a mid-life crisis and looking to escape from his current situation – the twist being that this forty-something man also happens to be the King of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
Set in the entirely fictional, but contemporary court of King Henry IX, the series sees Henry (Charles Edwards) 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 have their own – best interests at heart.
Having experienced a profound crisis of confidence bought 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 Alistair – a person better equipped to ‘connect’ with this younger generation. These plans are hampered in turn by aloof wife Queen Katerina (Sally Phillips), dotty mother Queen Charlotte (Annette Crosbie), loyal but ultra-royalist valet Gilbert (Don Warrington) and harried equerry Major Francis Hornsby-Bray (Colin Salmon).
Things are further complicated by Henry’s burgeoning relationship with Palace florist Serena (Kara Tointon) 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.