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


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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