The Who’s Roger Daltrey has sung a new version of their classic ’60’s anthem My Generation for UKTV Gold’s latest comedy, The Rebel starring Simon Callow.
“The Rebel is a wildly funny, edgy and sometimes rather searing new sitcom which could hardly be more now. Henry is very very angry, and he has much to be angry about i.e. everything in the world around him. He sees himself as a fearless exposer of cant and folly. Others sometimes have a different view of him. It’s a part I can relate to very very easily.” – Simon Callow
One of the most enduring British pop songs of all time, the new Blues rendition has been re-recorded especially for the telly production and it’s a perfect anthem for star Simon Callow’s lead character as he plays Henry Palmer, a 70 year old pensioner, who rediscovers his rebellious youth. Viewers will see Callow like never before as he gets into fights with hipsters, smashes up deck chairs and supermarket windows and even defiles a font.
Palmer, looks every bit the respectable, fine, upstanding Brighton resident isn’t quite as he seems. 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…
The Rebel also stars Anita Dobson, Bill Paterson, Amit Shah and Anna Crilly, and starts on Gold on Wednesday 20th July. The half hour episodes are inspired by Andrew Birch’s long-running cartoon strip in Oldie Magazine.