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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 2, Episode 3 - Health

A misjudged late-night dip in the sea leaves both Henry and Charles very much worse for wear. As their symptoms deteriorate, they ultimately end up in hospital.

Full synopsis

An unwelcome surprise birthday party for Henry inspires him to go out on the 'lash' to prove that he's still as fit as he was in his youth. But a misjudged late-night dip in the sea seemingly leaves both him and Charles very much worse for wear. As their symptoms deteriorate, they ultimately end up in hospital, with Henry finding the modern day 'customer'-orientated NHS too much to bear. Meanwhile, Charles' efforts to distract Margaret from the romantic advances of the suave Dr. Cranmore land him in an isolation ward, and it transpires Cath's new fascination with all things medieval could have a lot to answer for.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
30 minutes


  1. Friday 24th November 2017 at 9:20pm on Gold
  2. Monday 27th November 2017 at 10:00pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Callow Henry Palmer
Bill Paterson Charles
Anita Dobson Margaret
Anna Crilly Cath
Vivian Oparah Amaya
Guest cast
Ronald Pickup Doctor Cranmore
Ben Hunter Lad On Beach
Michael Stranney Jed
Zita Sattar Matron
Luke Pierre Health Care Assistant
Kate O'Sullivan Duty Nurse
Writing team
Andrew Birch Writer
James Cary Script Editor
Richard Hurst Script Editor
Production team
Vadim Jean Director
Simon Lupton Series Producer
Ben Walker Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer
Pete Thornton Executive Producer
Richard Halladey Editor
Steve Parnell Production Designer
David Isaac Feldstein Composer

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