Casting revealed for new Gold sitcom Henry IX

London, Tuesday 13th September 2016

Charles Edwards heads up the cast of Gold's new series Henry IX, a three-part, single camera sitcom on a grand scale, set in the fictitious, contemporary court of Henry IX, King of the United Kingdom. Also making a welcome return to the world of comedy is Kara Tointon, while rounding out the rest of the main cast are Sally Phillips, Annette Crosbie, Colin Salmon, Don Warrington, Pippa Haywood, Gina Bellman and Robert Portal. Henry IX is scripted by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and begins filming today.

Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey, Holy Flying Circus) plays Henry in a modern story of a forty-something man going through a mid-life crisis - except in this instance he's the King of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. At his side are Sally Phillips (Miranda, Smack The Pony, Bridget Jones) as his aloof wife Queen Katerina, Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave) as the King Mother Charlotte and Pippa Haywood (Brief Encounters, The Brittas Empire) as Prime Minister Gwen Oxlade, while Kara Tointon (EastEnders, Mr Selfridge) plays Serena, the Palace florist and potential love interest.

Also featuring in the main cast are Colin Salmon (Master Of None, Limitless, Arrow), Don Warrington (Rising Damp, Death in Paradise), Gina Bellman (Coupling) and Robert Portal (The King's Speech). Henry IX is the latest comedy from legendary pairing Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (Porridge, The Likely Lads & Auf Wiedersehen, Pet).

Henry IX is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon The Pig Farmer, The Rebel), produced by Pete Thornton (Jonathan Creek, Benidorm, Mount Pleasant), executive produced by Jon Rolph and Tarquin Gotch, and co-produced by Retort and Serious Comedy. Tanya Qureshi is executive producer for UKTV. Henry IX will air on Gold next year.

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