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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