Comedy series Brian Pern is to return to TV for a final special
The episode will see Brian killed in a "segway mistake" and his bandmates paying tribute
The episode is being filmed now, to be broadcast on BBC Four later in the year
Brian Pern, the comedy about an ageing rock star, is to return to BBC Four for a final special.
Created by Simon Day and Rhys Thomas, the spoof documentary series sees Day playing Brian Pern, the former front-man of ground breaking progressive rock group Thotch.
The show, which was developed as a series of short videos for the BBC Comedy website before being commissioned by BBC Four to become a TV series, launched in 2014. It has so far run for three series, with the most recent - Brian Pern: 45 Years Of Prog And Roll - airing in January 2016.
However, the character will now be killed off in a 30 minute special. The BBC says: "Following the sudden death of Brian Pern in a segway mistake, BBC Four is to broadcast this special documentary, dedicated to the musician, celebrating his life and work. The one-off special will be directed by the award-winning film-maker Rhys Thomas OBE (self-proclaimed) who will talk exclusively to Brian's friends and family as well as any random celebrities he can get hold of at such short notice."
Rhys Thomas says: "I am absolutely devastated that the documentary I was making about Brian's future has now become a tribute following the terrible news. We have lost one of the greatest Brians in rock music. I am still in shock and will send him off in style in this programme."
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, adds: "I was very sorry to hear of the sad passing of Brian Pern - but I'm pleased we're able to honour his memory with a star-studded BBC Four special, just as he would have wanted."
Cassian Harrison from BBC Four comments: "Brian Pern has been one of the biggest rock stars to feature on BBC Four - and BBC Four is famous the world over for its outstanding rock star biopics. This one for Brian will be up there with the best of them. God rest his soul."
Comedy commissioner Shane Allen concludes: "This programme marks the tragic end of a once great musical pioneer. We will never forget you Barry Pern."
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