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How Many Kings of France Were Named Louis?

Do you enjoy British comedy TV shows? My spouse introduced me to BBC programs back in the 70s. Fawlty Towers was one of my favorites. Fortunately for me, many of these shows are available through streaming. My sons are subscribers.

Unfortunately, there is one show that I vaguely recall but can't remember the name or the names of any of the people in it, so it's hard for me to search for it. Perhaps if I tell what I can remember, somebody out there in will help me fill in the blank.

So in this episode there was a guy who impersonating the king of France. “A” king of France. The king's name was Louis. That part was clear. The confusion was over the monarch's number. So the guy who was supposed to be king – every time somebody left the room after speaking with him and another person would come in to talk to him, he would forget which number “Louis” he was. One time, he's Louis the 14th. Next time he's the 16th. The 10th? The 12th? He didn't know!

It was hilarious! But didn't quite fully appreciate the humor, not being familiar with the history of France. Did a little research to figure out just how many kings of France were named Louis. There were eighteen (18). Eighteen kings of France ruled from the 7th century to the 18th century. Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed himself Emperor of France after Louis 16th got his head chopped off. Louis XVII died in prison. Louis XVIII ruled as a constitutional monarch. (If there's a student of French history who knows different, feel free to correct me.)

Anybody know the name of the BBC TV show?

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GemOfAGirl wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:44 PM

I used to listen to a history podcast where they did a series on the House of Bourbon. It was pretty interesting, but I couldn't keep all those Louis's straight, either! emoticon :winking:

melon1234 wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:44 PM

I can't think of what it could be was it on BBC ? Usually I google the period it was on TV and the channel and I get some luck

BarbRad wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:19 PM

Sorry. I can't help you with the name of the show. I probably don't watch TV more than an hour a day, if that.

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:59 PM

Though I am a fan of much of the BBC programming shown on local PBS stations, I don't know which show this might be. Sorry.

GemstonePink wrote on February 20, 2015, 6:13 PM

My favorites include Are You Being Served, The Vicar of Dibley, and Keeping Up Appearances. I also love Fawlty Towers, however, I am not sure the program that you are having difficulty remembering.

VinceSummers wrote on February 21, 2015, 1:11 PM

I don't know the answer to your question, but as to British comedy? Eh, I'm not a fan. HOWEVER, that being said, other British TV rocks. I love BBC Cold Cases, Mystery Shows (providing they are not crude), and individual shows such as Larkrise to Candleford.

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:24 AM

I love British comedy!

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 24, 2016, 1:02 PM

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