Brian Pern. Brian Pern (Simon Day). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Brian Pern

Spoof music documentary fronted by Simon Day in character as art rocker Brian Pern

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern (Series 1); Brian Pern: A Life In Rock (Series 2); Rock Ratatouille (Working Title)
2014  (BBC Two / BBC Four)
6 (2 series)
Simon Day, Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Michael Kitchen, Lucy Montgomery, Rhys Thomas, David Cummings, Philip Pope, Al Murray, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer
Simon Day, Rhys Thomas
British Broadcasting Corporation

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern is a spoof music documentary fronted by award-winning art rocker Brian Pern (Simon Day), featuring a host of cameos from the world of music and unseen footage.

Brian Pern is an ageing rock star and former front-man of ground breaking progressive rock group Thotch. Like many artists of his age, rather than make new music, he spends more time trying to save the planet (including his campaign to teach gorillas how to Skype).

Now, the BBC have asked him to front a major documentary where he presents his guide to The Life Of Rock from prehistoric man to the present day.

Thotch band members and former Stowe classmates Pat Quid (guitarist) and keyboard player Tony Pebble - pronounced Pebblé - join Brian to reminisce about their heyday and beyond.

With guests from the world of music playing versions of themselves, including Jools Holland, Rick Wakeman, David Arnold and Roger Taylor, Brian takes rock lovers on a re-imagined history of the genre.

Series 2, which moves to BBC Two, is titled A Life In Rock. It sees Brian and his bandmates look back on their past together.

Simon Day previously starred as Brian Pern in some online comedy videos for the BBC in 2010. Watch