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

The Rebel

  • TV sitcom
  • Gold
  • 2016 - 2017
  • 9 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom starring Simon Callow as a rebellious pensioner. Also features Bill Paterson, Anita Dobson, Amit Shah, Anna Crilly and Vivian Oparah

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Series 2, Episode 3 - Health

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

Further details

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 24th November 2017 9:20pm Gold
Monday 27th November 2017 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 20th June 2018 2:55am Gold
Thursday 25th April 2019 2:15am Gold
Saturday 27th April 2019 1:00am Gold
Monday 29th April 2019 2:00am Gold
Tuesday 30th April 2019 12:20am Gold
Sunday 15th March 2020 2:00am Gold
Saturday 21st March 2020 3:20am Gold
Thursday 2nd July 2020 3:05am Gold
Saturday 27th February 2021 3:10am Gold
Wednesday 17th March 2021 2:35am Gold
Wednesday 27th October 2021 1:10am Gold
Wednesday 19th January 2022 1:05am Gold
Saturday 12th March 2022 1:45am Gold
Sunday 19th February 2023 3:25am Gold
Thursday 23rd May 2024 2:30am Gold

Cast & crew

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 Halladay (as Richard Halladey) Editor
Steve Parnell Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Scott Langridge Costume Designer
Clive Norman Director of Photography
Nicola Coleman Make-up Designer
David Isaac Feldstein Composer
Steve Roberts 1st Assistant Director

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