The Life of Rock with Brian Pern: Birth of Rock

The Life of Rock with Brian Pern: Birth of Rock

Series 1



"I invented world music; I was the first musician to use Plasticine in videos," boasts Brian Pern, instantly unveiling himself as an affectionate parody of Peter Gabriel, with a dash of Brian Eno. Simon Day stars as the eponymous prog-rocker in this entertaining mock-rockumentary, which plays out like an extended, premium-grade Fast Show sketch.

An impressive array of deadpan cameos – including Jools Holland, Rick Wakeman and Nigel Havers – all seem to be having fun. And there's a treat for Vic and Bob fans when Mulligan and O'Hare pop up, looking hilariously pickled by decades of real-ale abuse. "When Dylan plugged in, we plugged out," they slur into their glasses.


The host (Simon Day) presents his guide to The Life of Rock from prehistoric man to the present day, in a spoof three-part chronology of some of the biggest moments in rock history. In the first episode, Pern examines rock music's prehistoric origins, tries to discover the world's smartest band, and recalls the time he dressed up as a crab.

Cast & Crew

Brian Pern Simon Day
John Farrow Michael Kitchen
Toddy Chunks Burnett Winston Garvey
Mulligan Vic Reeves
O'Hare Bob Mortimer
Ray Baker Thomas Matt Lucas
Pat Quid Paul Whitehouse
John David Cummings
Michael Philips Philip Pope
Tony Pebble Nigel Havers
Mickey Murray Michael Smiley
Captain Cupnutz Tony Way
Various roles Rhys Thomas
Various roles Lucy Montgomery
Director Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer Saurabh Kakkar
Producer Rhys Thomas
Writer Simon Day
Writer Rhys Thomas
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