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The Life of Rock with Brian Pern 

Mockumentary following aging rock star Brian Pern, former front-man of the legendary 1970s progressive rock group Thotch.




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Series cast summary:
Simon Day Simon Day ...  Brian Pern 10 episodes, 2014-2017
Lucy Montgomery ...  Pepita Sanchez / ... 10 episodes, 2014-2017
Rhys Thomas ...  Ensemble / ... 10 episodes, 2014-2016
Nigel Havers ...  Tony Pebble 9 episodes, 2014-2017
Paul Whitehouse ...  Pat Quid / ... 9 episodes, 2014-2017
Michael Kitchen ...  John Farrow 8 episodes, 2014-2016
Philip Pope Philip Pope ...  Michael Banks / ... 7 episodes, 2014-2017
Al Murray ...  Eddie Mount (drums) / ... 6 episodes, 2014-2017
Dean Thomas Dean Thomas ...  Mike Spelling (Bass) / ... 6 episodes, 2014-2017
Tony Way ...  Ned, Brian Pern's Driver / ... 5 episodes, 2014-2017


Brian Pern is one of the most respected musicians of his generation. He first gained fame as the lead singer of the progressive rock group Thotch before launching a critically acclaimed solo career in which he managed to invent world music and became the first musician to use plasticine in videos. In this series, Brian takes a look back at the history of rock in his own unique style and invites the cameras into his own recording studios to show the public how he has managed to stay relevant in an ever-changing music industry. Written by Anonymous

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10 February 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll See more »

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Journalist Catherine Gee of The Daily Telegraph described the series as the "progressive rock answer to This Is Spinal Tap (1984)". See more »


Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.30 (2014) See more »

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Prog Rocks Spinal Tap
29 March 2017 | by peterrichboySee all my reviews

What Spinal Tap did for heavy rock. Brian Pern has done for prog rock. This is a very well made mockumentory of 60s and 70s music and even includes contributions from genuine rock stars who all deliver there lines with such sincerity you start to believe that Brian Pern really existed! The show features some of Britains finest comic actors Paul Whitehorse, Kathy Burke, Al Murray and John Thompson. Whilst the likes of Micheal Kitchin, Surrane Jones Nigel Havers Christopher Ecclestone and Martin Freeman all make very funny cameo appearances. A must for aficionados of prog rock. 9/10

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