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 3 - Part Three: Death Of Rock

Brian Pern. Brian Pern (Simon Day). Copyright: BBC
Brian looks at drugs, scandal and the death of rock.

Preview clips

Further details

Thotch band members Pat Quid and Tony Pebble discuss the break-up of the band, whilst Brian invents world music and investigates the bizarre hobbies taken up by ageing rockers - like teaching gorillas to use iPads.

Broadcast details

Monday 24th February 2014
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 25th February 2014 1:30am BBC4
Friday 28th February 2014 12:15am BBC4
Thursday 3rd December 2015 10:30pm BBC4
Friday 4th December 2015 1:25am BBC4
Sunday 10th April 2016 11:00pm Gold
Friday 29th April 2016 9:35pm Gold
Monday 2nd May 2016 12:40am Gold
Monday 10th July 2017 1:40am Gold
Monday 24th July 2017 2:55am Gold
Saturday 21st October 2017 3:15am Gold
Sunday 24th February 2019 2:10am Gold
Monday 8th April 2019 2:00am Gold

Cast & crew

Simon Day Brian Pern
Paul Whitehouse Pat Quid
Nigel Havers Tony Pebblé
Michael Kitchen John Farrow
Philip Pope Mike Phillips
Al Murray Eddie Mount
Vic Reeves Mulligan
Bob Mortimer O'Hare
Rhys Thomas Self
Lucy Montgomery Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Lucy Montgomery Pepita Sanchez
Frances Barber (as Francis Barber) Wendy Mankiewicz
Peter Elliott Danson
Michael Smiley Mickey Murray
David Baddiel Self
David Arnold Self
Roger Taylor Self
John Humphrys Self
Noel Edmonds Self
Mike Read Self
Miranda Sawyer Self
Peter Gabriel Self
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


Leaving Thotch

In 1978 Brian Pern shocked the music world by leaving Thotch to persue a solo career.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), David Baddiel, Mike Read & Miranda Sawyer.

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