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

Brian Pern

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Four / BBC Two
  • 2014 - 2017
  • 10 episodes (3 series)

Spoof music documentary series fronted by Simon Day in character as art rocker Brian Pern. Also features Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Michael Kitchen, David Cummings, Philip Pope and more.

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

Brian Pern. Brian Pern (Simon Day). Copyright: BBC
Brian Pern investigates rock's prehistoric origins, asks who was the smartest band and reminisces about dressing up as a crab.

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Monday 10th February 2014
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 11th February 2014 1:25am BBC4
Friday 14th February 2014 12:00am BBC4
Thursday 19th November 2015 10:30pm BBC4
Friday 20th November 2015 2:05am BBC4
Sunday 27th March 2016 11:10pm Gold
Friday 1st April 2016 10:05pm Gold
Sunday 1st May 2016 11:20pm Gold
Monday 2nd May 2016 2:40am Gold
Monday 3rd July 2017 1:40am Gold
Sunday 23rd July 2017 3:30am Gold
Monday 24th July 2017 1:55am Gold
Saturday 21st October 2017 1:40am Gold
Friday 8th February 2019 1:55am Gold
Sunday 17th March 2019 1:20am Gold
Sunday 7th April 2019 2:00am Gold

Cast & crew

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
Christopher Bird Editor
Neil Barnes Production Designer
Steven Burge (as Stephen Burge) Composer


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.

View this clip on the BBC website

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

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