The Life of Rock with Brian Pern: Middle Age of Rock

The Life of Rock with Brian Pern: Middle Age of Rock

Series 1

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Review

This second episode, about the “middle ages” of rock, is even funnier than the first – especially if you’re sufficiently middle aged to understand all the 70s and 80s references. There’s a greater emphasis on doctored archive footage than on semi-improvised skits this time, but we’re treated to an appearance from Noel Edmonds, while Red Dwarf’s Danny John-Jules pops up thinly disguised as the ubiquitous Nile Rodgers.

Tom Jones’s interminable note-hold and Phil Collins massacring Stairway to Heaven are particular highlights. Be warned, however: there’s some fruity language; from Nigel “potty mouth” Havers no less.

Summary

The host profiles a selection of rock stars who, like himself, applied their creative energies to acting, charity singles and protest songs. Plus, former Top of the Pops presenter Noel Edmonds reveals how Russians tried to take down the aircraft carrying Phil Collins from Wembley to Philadelphia during Live Aid in 1985. Spoof rock documentary, starring Simon Day.

Cast & Crew

Brian Pern Simon Day
John Farrow Michael Kitchen
Tony Pebble Nigel Havers
Pat Quid Paul Whitehouse
Mulligan Vic Reeves
O'Hare Bob Mortimer
Nile Rodgers Danny John-Jules
Eddie Mount: Drummer Al Murray
Himself Rick Wakeman
Himself Noel Edmonds
Himself Roger Taylor
Himself Phil Collins
Dancer/Voice of Tracy Lucy Montgomery
Dancer Justyn Thomas
Pern Band: Guitarist Stephen Burge
Pern Band: Bassist Dean Thomas
Voice of SAS soldier Rhys Thomas
Director Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer Saurabh Kakkar
Producer Rhys Thomas
Writer Simon Day
Writer Rhys Thomas
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