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King Henry VIII reigned for 38 years. Young and handsome, his Court was the most colourful and extravagant in Europe.

Yet this glamorous exterior partly disguised his unpredictable and savagely ruthless nature. His obsession to father a legitimate male heir led him through six marriages, to make himself Supreme Head of the English Church and to cut down those who stood in his way.

Monarch is part fact, part fiction and unfolds around one night when the injured ruler arrives at a manor house closed for the season. Henry is without the power and control of his palace and is vulnerable from those around him, and from his own sanity.

Henry left England financially and morally bankrupt; his collection of enemies his only constant. Even today there is a question mark surrounding his burial and possible exhumation.

TP McKenna plays Henry; after starring alongside Richard Burton's Henry VIII in the epic Anne of a Thousand Days and Charge of the Light Brigade; and with Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs, Willow and Fatherland) playing an amalgamation of his ex-wives.

Monarch unfolds on one night in the year of Henry's death, 1547.


Type of film
Running Time
109 mins
35mm Kodak
John Walsh
Maura Walsh, David Walsh ACA
Executive Producer
Maura Walsh, David Walsh ACA
John Walsh
John Walsh
Director of Photography
Ray Andrew
Chris Pickhaver
Matthew Poulton, Julien McKenzie
Principal Cast
T.P. McKenna, Jean Marsh, James Coombes, Peter Sowerbutts, George Staines, Peter Miles, Mark Montgomerie


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Last updated 21st January 2014

Production Company

Walsh Bros. Ltd
Contact: John Walsh
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London SE7 8JH

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