The Rebel. Henry Palmer (Simon Callow). Copyright: Retort.

The Rebel

Gold sitcom starring Simon Callow as a rebellious pensioner. 9 episodes (2 series), 2016 - 2017. Stars Simon Callow, Bill Paterson, Anita Dobson, Amit Shah and others.

The Rebel. Image shows from L to R: Henry Palmer (Simon Callow), Margaret (Anita Dobson), Charles (Bill Paterson). Copyright: Retort.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Art

Charles has been holding the fort at the charity shop when he sells an old urine bottle. Unfortunately it has great sentimental value for Margaret, and also seems to be an apprentice piece by Marcel Duchamp for his famous urinal art-work.

Further details

Charles has been holding the fort at Margaret's charity shop when he sells an old urine bottle to Harriet Cusp down from London. Unfortunately, it not only has great sentimental value for Margaret but also seems to be an apprentice piece by Marcel Duchamp for his famous urinal...

Margaret is distraught but Henry vows to get it back. The trouble is the urine bottle is already in the hands of Harriet's boss, Seb Koote who owns the Great White gallery in Hackney. Using a work of art made by painting a rat's bollocks red and bouncing them up and down on a canvas, Henry gets into the gallery only to discover Koote's put the urine bottle in an upcoming sale of Lavatorial art at Sebastian Cholmondley's auction house. Sebastian looks remarkably like a posh version of Seb... and he's refusing to give the urine bottle back.

Apparently defeated, our gang return to Brighton until Margaret comes up with a plan to get the beloved urine bottle back...

Broadcast details

Wednesday 3rd August 2016
40 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Callow Henry Palmer
    Bill Paterson Charles
    Anita Dobson Margaret
    Amit Shah Jeremy
    Anna Crilly Cath
    Guest cast
    Paul Kaye Sebastian/Seb/Bastian
    Jan Carey Retirement Home Art Secretary
    Sarah Winter Harriet Cusp
    Katrina Nare Poppy
    Robert Portal Auctioneer
    Writing team
    Andrew Birch Writer
    Production team
    Vadim Jean Director
    Vadim Jean Producer
    Simon Lupton Executive Producer
    Jon Rolph Executive Producer
    Tanya Qureshi Executive Producer
    Daniel Gethic Editor
    Adrian Smith Production Designer
    David Isaac Feldstein Composer


    Cremation Over Creation

    Cath and Henry meet Margaret at an art exhibition.

    Featuring: Simon Callow (Henry Palmer), Anita Dobson (Margaret), Anna Crilly (Cath), Jan Carey (Retirement Home Art Secretary).

    Marcel Duchamp's Piss Pot

    Henry meets an art dealer.

    Featuring: Simon Callow (Henry Palmer), Paul Kaye (Sebastian/Seb/Bastian), Katrina Nare (Poppy).


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