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

Brian Pern

BBC Four and BBC Two sitcom about a prog rocker. 10 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2017. Stars Simon Day, Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Michael Kitchen and others.

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

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, Episode 1 - Part One: Birth Of Rock

Brian Pern investigates rock's prehistoric origins, asks who was the smartest band and reminisces about dressing up as a crab.

Broadcast details

Monday 10th February 2014
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Day Brian Pern
Paul Whitehouse Pat Quid
Nigel Havers Tony Pebblé
Michael Kitchen John Farrow
David Cummings John
Philip Pope Mike Phillips
Vic Reeves Mulligan
Bob Mortimer O'Hare
Rhys Thomas Self
Lucy Montgomery Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Matt Lucas Ray Thomas
Lucy Montgomery Xanadu Bramble
Winston Garvey Toddy 'Biscuit Barrel' Burnett
Tony Way Captain Cupnutz
Michael Smiley Mickey Murray
David Baddiel Self
Jools Holland (as Julian Holland) Self
Rick Wakeman (as Richard Wakeman) Self
Roger Taylor Self
Dan Cruickshank Self
Annie Nightingale Self
Russell Grant Self
Mike Read Self
Rhys Thomas Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Simon Day Writer
Rhys Thomas Writer
Production team
Rhys Thomas Director
Rhys Thomas Producer
Saurabh Kakkar Executive Producer


The Life of Rock with Brian Pern - Trailer

The trailer for the spoof music documentary series devised by Simon Day and Rhys Thomas.

The Origins of Rock

Brian Pern looks back at the dawn of man to find the origins of rock music.

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Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), Dan Cruickshank.


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