Henry IX (2017– )
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Henry's dissatisfaction with life on the throne is heightened during a visit to a halfway-house for recovering crack addicts. A chance meeting with florist Serena at the Palace prompts him to make a shock decision to abdicate.

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Vadim Jean
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Episode credited cast:
Ben Ashenden ... Damian
Gina Bellman ... Lady Leonora
Annette Crosbie ... Queen Charlotte
Charles Edwards ... King Henry
Pippa Haywood ... Prime Minister Oxlade
Kate O'Sullivan Kate O'Sullivan ... Female Dignitary
Sally Phillips ... Queen Katerina
Duncan Pow ... Byron
Daniel Quirke Daniel Quirke ... Alastair
Matthew Raymond ... Palace Security
Francesca Regis ... Princess Alice
Colin Salmon ... Franny
Grace Savage Grace Savage ... Beatboxer
Jay Simpson ... Marcello
Kara Tointon ... Serena
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Henry's dissatisfaction with life on the throne is heightened during a visit to a halfway-house for recovering crack addicts. A chance meeting with florist Serena at the Palace prompts him to make a shock decision to abdicate.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2017 (UK) See more »

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Retort See more »
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Stereo

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7 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Renowned writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have gone posh. Henry IX is a satirical take at the Royal family in modern Britain. King Henry IX (Charles Edwards) has been on throne for almost 25 years, in a loveless marriage to a Scandinavian ice queen (Sally Phillips) and with grown up children has hit some kind of a mid life crisis.

In the first episode King Henry has grown tired of a life of duty and public service. The palace has even hired a public relations expert to liven up his image. An encounter with pretty young florist makes him think about his future, he wants to abdicate.

The writers of Porridge in some ways have painted the king as trapped. He might had been born into privilege but at the same time hemmed in with rules and duty.

However despite a top notch cast and given the writing talent, this lacked sharpness, freshness and laughs from Clement & La Frenais more vintage work. However after a lukewarm opening episode, I am willing to give the other episodes a chance.


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