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The Rebel is Henry Palmer, a near 70-year-old who looks every bit the respectable, fine, upstanding Brighton resident. Except that underneath it all he's not. For 50 years he's been putting his youthful past behind him; or perhaps more accurately, brushing it under the floral patterned carpet. In the Sixties he was a Mod, a regular visitor to Brighton on his mirrored up Vespa scooter, dressed in a Parka with a bulls-eye on the back, ready for a rumble with the Rockers on their motorbikes. Recently bereaved by the loss of his long-suffering wife, Henry shares this adjustment with his slightly impossible daughter, Cath and her utterly ineffectual husband, Jeremy. The Rebel in Henry never really went away. It was just brewing...
In this episode, 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.
When Charles' ex-wife is arrested in a drugs bust, Henry and Charles embark on a novel scheme to raise money for her defence lawyer. The ever vigilant (and vindictive) PC Burns quickly smells something funny, and goes undercover in an attempt to catch them in an illegal act. When the scheme starts to rapidly unravel, it's Margaret (intentionally) and Cath, along with her new lodger, Amaya (very unintentionally) who save the day.
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 a compromising position with the police.
Henry is doing his best to support Cath as she comes to terms with the fact Jeremy is staying in Lesotho for good. Their dwindling family is hit further by a burglary at Henry's house, which includes the theft of the Urn with Henry's late wife in.
An even more erratic than usual Henry and Cath take it upon themselves to reclaim the ashes and embark on a journey into Brighton's 'petty' criminal underworld. This leaves Margaret facing a life-changing dilemma alone - does she take Charles up on his offer to move to Scotland with him? It seems everyone is being forced to make decisions about love that they've been avoiding for far too long...
Simon Callow(Henry Palmer)
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