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


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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