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: Charles (Bill Paterson), Margaret (Anita Dobson), Henry Palmer (Simon Callow). Copyright: Retort.

Series 2, Episode 5 - Sex

A regular Northern Soul night at a local club is providing Henry with the perfect opportunity to let his hair down.

Further details

A regular Northern Soul night at a local club is providing Henry with the perfect opportunity to let his hair down - and in true Brighton style that means 'anything goes'. But by persuading Margaret and Charles to join him, it looks like the fun will be short-lived when he lands the former with an unwanted admirer and the latter in a dangerous liaison with an ex.

When a suspicious Charles then overhears a conversation between Henry and Margaret suggesting they are now an item, it looks like their friendship could be finished. Things go from bad to worse when Cath, determined to show she knows how to have fun, railroads Amaya into hosting a house party which quickly gets out of control, ruins Jeremy's big surprise and finds Henry in an uncompromising position with the Police.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th December 2017
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Callow Henry Palmer
Bill Paterson Charles
Anita Dobson Margaret
Amit Shah Jeremy
Anna Crilly Cath
Vivian Oparah Amaya
Guest cast
Frances Barber Angela
Jon Glover Dennis
Oliver Alvin-Wilson Tony
Peter Basham Mike
Zara Azam Amaya's Friend
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

Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • Broadcast details of 10 further repeats of this episode
  • BCG Pro business users can see additional crew credits  
    If you join BCG Pro business, you can see composer, make-up designer, costume designer, 1st assistant director, editor, production designer, director of photography & casting director credits for this episode.

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?