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
    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.

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


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