Brian Pern: 45 Years Of Prog And Roll, Episode 2
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.
- Thursday 21st January 2016
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
|Friday 22nd January 2016
Cast & crew
|Luke Dunmore (Sound Engineer)
|Ripple Pegasus Pern
|Tallow Agamemnon Pern
|Steven Burge (as Stephen Burge)
Brian is disturbed in his hotel room. When he goes to investigate he is in for a surprise.
Some spot-on characterisations in the second part of the latest Pern mockumentary: from Thotch's replacement singer with a coke problem ("The night that my arse fell out was a low point") and Brian's Osbourne-alike kids ("His children have a funny accent, neither English nor American") to Christopher Eccleston's producer: "Without Brian there'd be no Beady Eye, no Shed Seven ... he's got a fucking lot to answer for." All this, and divorcing one's wife via Ceefax.Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 21st January 2016
"In part two of this revealing but convoluted documentary," says narrator Rhys Thomas, our man Brian (Simon Day) enters the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This prompts a retrospective. In the 1970s and 80s, Brian enjoyed mainstream success, pitched here somewhere between Peter Gabriel and Dire Straits; meanwhile, Thotch carried on without their departed talisman, regrouping as an outfit very similar to Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac.
This is the funniest Pern yet. Every line of Thomas and Day's script brings a laugh, and even the editing and archive shots are carefully loaded with absurdity. Scorching guest turns come from Christopher Eccleston as the producer of Brian's awful Madchester LP, and Jane Asher as an apoplectic ex-wife.Jack Seale, Radio Times, 12th January 2016