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: Pat Quid (Paul Whitehouse), Tony Pebblé (Nigel Havers), Lyndsie Symon (Lucy Montgomery), John (David Cummings), Mike Phillips (Philip Pope). Copyright: BBC.

Brian Pern: 45 Years Of Prog And Roll, Episode 2

Director Rhys Thomas explores how Brian broke America with the success of his classic album Shelf Life.

Further details

Rhys Thomas explores how Brian broke America with the success of his classic album Shelf Life. He goes behind the scenes of the album's creation and looks at the real events in Brian's life that inspired the hit songs, both good and bad.

He also follows Brian back to Los Angeles where he is reunited with his family and ex-wife after more than a decade.

Broadcast details

Thursday 21st January 2016
BBC Four
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
Rhys Thomas Self
Guest cast
Lucy Montgomery Pepita Sanchez
Christopher Eccleston Luke Dunmore (Sound Engineer)
Lucy Montgomery Lyndsie Symon
Shelley Longworth Ripple Pegasus Pern
Adam Longworth Tallow Agamemnon Pern
Jane Asher Cindi
Stephen Holbrook Band Member
Craig Christiaens Band Member
Roger Taylor Self
Paul Gambaccini Self
Martin Kemp Self
Ian Wright 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


Pepita's hotel room

Brian is disturbed in his hotel room. When he goes to investigate he is in for a surprise.


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