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. Image shows from L to R: Young Pat Quid (Will Sharpe), Young Mike (Felix Taylor), Martin Freeman, Jack Whitehall, Young John (Justyn Thomas). Copyright: BBC.

The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, Episode 2 - Part Two: Middle Age Of Rock

Brian takes a look at the 'middle age' of rock.

Further details

Brian takes a look at the 'middle age' of rock, where bands become rich, bored and political. He covers the controversial arrival of the synthesiser into rock and his own unsuccessful foray into disco.

In a shocking revelation, he investigates the KGB's attempts to attack Phil Collins and Noel Edmonds' flight from London to Philadelphia during Live Aid.

Broadcast details

Monday 17th 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
    Al Murray Eddie Mount
    Vic Reeves Mulligan
    Bob Mortimer O'Hare
    Lucy Montgomery Ensemble Actor
    Guest cast
    Danny John-Jules Nile Rodgers
    Rick Wakeman (as Richard Wakeman) Self
    Roger Taylor Self
    Noel Edmonds Self
    Phil Collins Self
    Justyn Thomas Ensemble Actor
    Rhys Thomas Ensemble Actor
    Steven Burge (as Stephen Burge) Ensemble Actor
    Dean 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 Story of Live Aid

    Brian Pern and John Farrow talk about their memories of The Gentle Touch and Live Aid.

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    Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), Michael Kitchen (John Farrow).


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