Well, he’s not really, but the BBC have done some brilliant comedy sketches with the wonderful Brian Blessed playing the part of Henry VIII.

The BBC say of these sketches:-

“The Tudor king is alive & well, and living in a suburban semi with his long-suffering sixth wife Catherine Parr. He has embraced modern technology and lives his life online – insulting the King of France on Facebook, surfing for honeys, and blocking the Pope on Twitter. Very much the modern man – he likes Top Gear, Kings of Leon & Sunday roasts, he dislikes Michael Buble, I.T. helpdesks & Lily Allen’s manager. These clips offer an insight into what happens when a 16th century king meets 21st century suburbia. Eat your heart out David Starkey here’s the real thing!”

Update 2016: The BBC have removed these clips from their website now but here are two from YouTube:


6 thoughts on “Henry VIII is Alive – Comedy”

  1. lisaannejane says:

    I just found 2 more Henry 8.0 sketches – they go on vacation in a trailer. Lisa, July 17, 2010

  2. Danielle says:

    The links dont work 🙁

    1. Claire says:

      The BBC removed the videos from their website I’m afraid.

  3. McSchlee says:

    When are you going to fix the broken links? None of them work. It appears it’s been THREE years since the first person noticed. Keep your web site up to date please.

    1. Claire says:

      Hi McSchlee,
      This article is from 2009 and there’s just no way that I can keep all the thousands of posts on this blog up to date, particularly as I have no control over other websites and videos, and when videos are removed etc. Blogs, by their nature as an online diary, will have posts that go out of date, they’re not a static website. Sorry. I’m sorry that you are disappointed by these links not working but I am glad that you are spending time on the site going through the archives. There are many thousands of articles on here on Tudor history for you to enjoy.

      The BBC have removed the Henry 8.0 clips from their website now but I have added in these two youtube videos. Hopefully, they will remain on YouTube.

  4. Christine says:

    Ha ha it was hilarious, I preferred the second video and Brian Blessed is great, one of our greatest actors, a true British icon.

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