Monarch is part fact, part fiction and unfolds around one night when the injured ruler arrives at a manor house closed for the season. Henry is without the power and control of his palace and is vulnerable from those around him, and from his own sanity. Henry left England financially and morally bankrupt; his collection of enemies his only constant. Even today there is a question mark surrounding his burial and possible exhumation.Written by
Injured in a fall, King Henry VIII is taken to an isolated house accompanied by 'loyal' staff - however an assassin is within. Away from court Henry is vulnerable and sees visions of his wives and contemplates his life with the groundskeeper's son.
Interesting oddity which although more televisual than cinematic is nicely written, with TP McKenna strong as the dying king. Absorbing and worth catching if you enjoyed the BBC Tudor series The Six Wives of Henry VIII or Elizabeth R which are similar in tone.
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