Exit Strategy

Series 1 - Episode 2 Exit Strategy



Henry IX ventures out onto the streets of London, “another nondescript bloke going about his business”, as he sees it. Except Henry (Charles Edwards) is the king of the UK and has just dropped the A-bomb (he wants to abdicate). Donning a cartoonish disguise, he now attempts to go off-grid so he can see florist Serena (Kara Tointon) in Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’s delightful mini-sitcom. But the paps have soon got hold of the story (“’Enry’s ’Ad Enough”) and Henry ruffles Palace plumes by trying to weed out the informant.

It’s a sweetly played love-against-the-odds, recalling both the Peck and Hepburn romance in Roman Holiday and Grant and McCutcheon in Love Actually.


The king plans a secret meeting with Serena, while press speculation about his abdication causes tension in the royal household. Franny is assigned to expose the mole in the palace.

Cast & Crew

King Henry IX Charles Edwards
Serena Kara Tointon
Maj Francis Hornsby-Bray Colin Salmon
Gilbert Don Warrington
Queen Katerina Sally Phillips
Queen Charlotte Annette Crosbie
Alastair Daniel Quirke
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