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Brian Pern. Brian Pern (Simon Day). Copyright: BBC.

Brian Pern

BBC Four sitcom about a prog rocker. 9 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2016. Stars Simon Day, Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Michael Kitchen and others.

Brian Pern. Brian Pern (Simon Day). Copyright: BBC.

Brian Pern

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

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2014 - 2016
BBC Four, BBC Two
9   (3 series)
Simon Day, Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Michael Kitchen, Lucy Montgomery, Rhys Thomas, David Cummings, Philip Pope and others
Simon Day and Rhys Thomas
Rhys Thomas
Rhys Thomas

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 is titled A Life In Rock. It sees Brian and his bandmates look back on their past together.

Series 3 - 45 Years Of Prog And Roll - sees Brian celebrating 45 years in rock and roll.

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

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