Henry IX (2017– )
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Exit Strategy 

Events escalate as Henry attempts a clandestine meeting with Serena outside the Palace and news of the abdication is leaked to the press. Franny is reluctantly tasked with finding the Palace mole.

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Vadim Jean
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Episode credited cast:
Ben Ashenden ... Damian
Gina Bellman ... Lady Leonora
Dilyana Bouklieva
Annette Crosbie ... Queen Charlotte
Charles Edwards ... King Henry
Sophie Fletcher Sophie Fletcher ... Waitress
Sally Phillips ... Queen Katerina
Duncan Pow ... Byron
Daniel Quirke Daniel Quirke ... Alastair
Matthew Raymond ... Palace Security
Colin Salmon ... Franny
Jay Simpson ... Marcello
Kara Tointon ... Serena
Don Warrington ... Gilbert
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Events escalate as Henry attempts a clandestine meeting with Serena outside the Palace and news of the abdication is leaked to the press. Franny is reluctantly tasked with finding the Palace mole.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2017 (UK) See more »

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Retort See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Exit Strategy
15 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The first episode presented the monarch as a man hemmed in with duty and tradition. He was not free and decides to escape by announcing to his family his plans to abdicate.

Of course King Henry IX also has his 'Hugh Grant' moment from Love Actually as he falls for Florist Serena. In this episode he attempts meet her surreptitiously and in disguise which fools no one.

Henry's plans to abdicate has been leaked to the press and he tasks his security head to find the leak while others of his household staff are dismayed that he wants to turn his back on the crown.

It is obvious that Henry is not cut out for civilian life. He goes out with Serena and buys her a coffee and has no money to pay for it. We have the scenes where he tries to talk to her in a cheap mobile phone which he keeps discarding in the nearest pond.

Unfortunately while I recently re-watched the first episode of Porridge which still made me laugh out loud forty years on, this episode by Clement & La Frenais barely gave me a titter. The trouble is King Henry IX is a boring man and no one else surrounding his character is funny.


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