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: Barry Patmore (Denis Lawson), Tony Pebblé (Nigel Havers), Pat Quid (Paul Whitehouse), Mike Phillips (Philip Pope). Copyright: BBC.

Brian Pern: 45 Years Of Prog And Roll, Episode 3

The original Thotch line-up are forced to reform after they are sued by their former manager Basil Steel for non-payment of royalties.

Further details

The original Thotch line-up are forced to reform so they can pay a royalties bill.

Although Brian refuses at first, when he is informed that guitarist Pat Quid has dementia, he decides to throw in the towel to help out an old friend - but there are problems ahead when former band member and recluse Bennet St John reappears wanting a piece of the action.

Brian also runs into trouble with Martin Freeman, who has been assigned to read the audiobook of Brian's autobiography.

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th January 2016
BBC Four
40 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Day Brian Pern
Paul Whitehouse Pat Quid
Nigel Havers Tony Pebblé
Michael Kitchen John Farrow
Philip Pope Mike Phillips
Rhys Thomas Self
Guest cast
Lucy Montgomery Pepita Sanchez
Tony Way Ned Pankhurst (Driver)
Denis Lawson Barry Patmore
Stephen Holbrook Band Member
Craig Christiaens Band Member
Alan Ford 'Big' Basil Steel
Simon Callow Bennet St John
Christopher James Security Guard
Angela Thorne Susan Pern
Peter Bowles Brian's Father
Lucy Montgomery Xanadu Bramble
Roger Taylor Self
Peter Gabriel Self
Martin Freeman Self
Paul Gambaccini Self
Noddy Holder 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


Martin Freeman voices Brian Pern's audio book

Brian Pern is bringing out a new autobiography and hires old acquaintance Martin Freeman to record the audio book version.

Reforming Thotch

John Farrow, Brian Pern's manager, meets with Brian to discuss the possibility of reforming Thotch for an anniversary concert.

Featuring: Simon Day (Brian Pern), Michael Kitchen (John Farrow).


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