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: Jack Whitehall, Kathy Burke, Martin Freeman. Copyright: BBC.

Brian Pern: A Life In Rock, Episode 1

Brian and his band mates reunite to discuss the making of their first ever Jukebox Musical, Stowe Boys. This is not easy as they hate each other.

Further details

Brian Pern is an ageing rock star and former front-man of the ground breaking progressive rock group Thotch.

In the first episode, Brian and his band mates reunite to discuss the making of their first ever Jukebox Musical, Stowe Boys.

This is not easy as they hate each other. Not only that, on the opening night of the musical, Brian is unexpectedly arrested by Operation Bad Apples Officers for a crime he doesn't know he has committed. Will he make the second half?

Returning for this series are Simon Day, Michael Kitchen, Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers and Lucy Montgomery.

Special guest stars appearing in the series include Kathy Burke, Martin Freeman, Alexis Petridis, Jack Whitehall, Alan Yentob, Tony Way, Annie Nightingale, Phil Cornwell, Julia Deakin and Sir Tim Rice.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 9th December 2014
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
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
Al Murray Eddie Mount
Rhys Thomas Self
Guest cast
Lucy Montgomery Pepita Sanchez
Darius Mortazavi Ali Qu'ack
Will Sharpe Young Pat Quid
Lotte Rice Angie
Claudia Evans Sam
Tony Way Ned Pankhurst (Driver)
Justyn Thomas Young John
Felix Taylor Young Mike
Phil Cornwell DC Mike Northwood
Julia Deakin DC Karen Bovis
Lucy Montgomery Kathy Lette
Annie Nightingale Self
Martin Freeman Self
Kathy Burke Self
Jack Whitehall Self
Alan Yentob Self
Tony Blackburn Self
Alexis Petridis Self
Billy Bragg Self
Tim Rice (as Sir Tim Rice) Self
Writing team
Simon Day Writer
Rhys Thomas Writer
Production team
Rhys Thomas Director
Rhys Thomas Producer
Richard Webb Executive Producer
Christopher Bird Editor
Neil Barnes Production Designer
Steven Burge (as Stephen Burge) Composer

Videos

Stowe Boys

Brian Pern doesn't like Martin Freeman's portrayal of him in the Stowe Boys musical.

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Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), Martin Freeman, Kathy Burke, Will Sharpe (Young Pat Quid), Jack Whitehall.

Episode 1 - Deleted Scenes

Scenes that wouldn't fit on TV. Brian shows us around Poggle studios, meets Martin Freeman, and he argues with the police.

Can't see a video here? Watch this clip on bbc.co.uk

Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), Michael Kitchen (John Farrow), Tony Way (Ned Pankhurst), Phil Cornwell (DC Mike Northwood), Julia Deakin (DC Karen Bovis), Rhys Thomas.

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