Brian Pern is an ageing rock star and former front-man of ground breaking progressive rock group Thotch. Like many artists of his age, rather than make new music, he spends more time trying to save the planet (including his campaign to teach gorillas how to Skype). Now, the BBC have asked him to front a major new documentary where he presents his guide to The Life Of Rock from prehistoric man to the present day.

  1. Simon Day


  2. Rhys Thomas


Series Cast

  1. Simon Day

    Simon Day

    Brian Pern

    9 Episodes

  2. Paul Whitehouse

    Paul Whitehouse

    Pat Quid

    9 Episodes

  3. Nigel Havers

    Nigel Havers

    Tony Pebblé

    9 Episodes

  4. Michael Kitchen

    Michael Kitchen

    John Farrow

    9 Episodes

  5. Martin Freeman

    Martin Freeman

    Young Brian Pern

    1 Episode

  6. Will Sharpe

    Will Sharpe

    Young Pat Quid

    1 Episode

  7. Jack Whitehall

    Jack Whitehall

    Young Tony Pebblé

    1 Episode

  8. Peter Gabriel


    1 Episode

  9. Roger Moore

    Roger Moore


    1 Episode

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Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

45 Years of Prog and Roll

2016 | 3 Episodes

Season 3 of Brian Pern: A Life in Rock premiered on January 14, 2016.

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Status Returning Series


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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