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 2 - Part Two: Middle Age Of Rock

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

Preview clips

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 18th February 2014 12:50am BBC4
Friday 21st February 2014 12:00am BBC4
Thursday 26th November 2015 10:30pm BBC4
Friday 27th November 2015 2:05am BBC4
Monday 4th April 2016 2:20am Gold
Friday 8th April 2016 10:30pm Gold
Monday 2nd May 2016 12:00am Gold
Monday 2nd May 2016 3:20am Gold
Monday 3rd July 2017 2:15am Gold
Monday 24th July 2017 2:25am Gold
Saturday 21st October 2017 2:15am Gold
Monday 11th February 2019 1:55am Gold
Monday 18th March 2019 12:55am Gold
Monday 8th April 2019 1:25am Gold
Tuesday 9th April 2019 1:20am Gold

Cast & crew

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.

View this clip on the BBC website

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

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