BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY Carry On Henry★★★ 11.45pm-1.20am ITV
This story, based allegedly on a manuscript by William Cobbler, is, we are told, all Cobbler’s from beginning to end. Well, naturally – it’s the 21st Carry On movie and one of the best. Henry VIII (Sid James) marries French queen Joan Sims but, repelled by her garlic breath, seeks to bed Barbara Windsor, daughter of the Earl of Bristol, instead. (Henry always fancied bristols apparently.) It’s the familiar bawdy stuff with the usual suspects on hand – Kenneth Williams as Thomas Cromwell trying to oust the new queen, Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey, Charles Hawtrey as Sir Roger de Lodgerley making a pass at Sims, and Kenneth Connor as the aptly named Lord Hampton of Wick. Subtle it’s not; funny it is.
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