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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Brian Pern: A Life In Rock, Episode 3

Brian Pern. Brian Pern (Simon Day). Copyright: BBC
The final episode of the series follows Brian as he records a charity record in aid of bi-polar polar bears.

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Further details

The final episode of the series follows Brian as he records a charity record in aid of bi-polar polar bears. However, as part of the deal with his record company, he must make the album commercial, 'Christmassy' and full of big cutting edge duets - none of which come easy to him.

Brian's health problems also come to a head when he discovers that he has invested millions into an aggressive tax avoidance scheme and HMRC want their money back. This isn't going to be a Merry Christmas after all...

Broadcast details

Monday 22nd December 2014
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 22nd December 2014 11:00pm BBC2 Scot
Thursday 12th November 2015 10:30pm BBC4
Friday 13th November 2015 1:30am BBC4
Monday 17th July 2017 2:35am Gold
Monday 30th April 2018 12:00am Gold
Monday 30th April 2018 3:00am Gold
Friday 3rd August 2018 12:20am Gold
Friday 3rd August 2018 11:20pm Gold
Monday 18th March 2019 1:35am Gold

Cast & crew

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
Lucy Montgomery Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Lucy Montgomery Pepita Sanchez
Roger Allam Ken LeGrange
Simon Day Lionel Pern
Anna Maxwell Martin Jess Hunt
Paul Whitehouse Pierre Sac
Lucy Montgomery Xanadu Bramble
David Arnold Self
Roger Taylor Self
Annie Nightingale Self
Peter Gabriel Self
Alan Yentob Self
Tony Blackburn Self
Alexis Petridis Self
Billy Bragg Self
Tim Rice (as Sir Tim Rice) Self
Paul Gambaccini Self
Roy Wood Self
Rick Parfitt Self
Melanie Chisholm (as Mel C) Self
Simon McCoy Self
Dean Thomas Ensemble Actor
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
Tony Way Composer


Thotch in the Christmas charts

Thotch have had many festive hits including Black Christmas and Dulci Yuletide.

Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), Paul Whitehouse (Pat Quid), Nigel Havers (Tony Pebblé), Michael Kitchen (John Farrow), Rhys Thomas, Lucy Montgomery (Xanadu Bramble), Tony Blackburn & Paul Gambaccini.

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