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Brian Pern

Brian Pern: A Life in Rock

Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Spoof documentary following ageing rocker Brian Pern, former frontman of the prog rock group Thotch. Brian records a charity Christmas record in aid of bipolar polar bears. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Eddie Mount: Drummer:
Al Murray
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Pat Quid / Pierre Sac:
Paul Whitehouse
Tony Pebblé:
Nigel Havers
Ken LeGrange:
Roger Allam
Pepita Sanchez / Xanadu:
Lucy Montgomery
Pern Band: Bassist:
Dean Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Himself:
Alan Yentob
Himself:
Roy Wood
Himself:
Rick Parfitt
Himself:
Roger Taylor
Himself:
Tim Rice
Himself:
David Arnold
Herself:
Melanie C
Himself:
Billy Bragg
Himself:
Rick Wakeman
Himself:
Simon McCoy
Writer:
Simon Day
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

Kaleidoscope

Rocket Man and the Chipolata Fingers - Programme 2

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on Radio 4 News FM

Elton John talks to Paul Gambaccini about the highs and lows of his career. With enormous commercial success in the 1980s came isolation, drug addiction and eating disorders. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Granting unprecedented access, Joan Armatrading tells her life story, both as a songwriter and as a performer. Features key performances from Joan and many of the musicians she has influenced. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Joan Armatrading
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gambaccini
Interviewed Guest:
Keith Harris
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Howlett
Interviewed Guest:
Glyn Johns
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Lillywhite
Interviewed Guest:
Pino Palladino
Musician:
Soweto Kinch
Director:
Poppy Edwards
Producer:
Poppy Edwards

Good Omens

Series 1

In the Beginning

Duration: 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Aziraphale and Crowley, of Heaven and Hell, do their part in raising the Antichrist in a balanced and human way. But, are they focusing efforts in the right direction? Show more

Contributors

Aziraphale:
Michael Sheen
Composer:
David Arnold
Voice of God:
Frances McDormand
Gabriel:
Jon Hamm
Arthur Young:
Daniel Mays
Deirdre Young:
Sian Brooke
Thaddeus Dowling:
Nick Offerman
Sister Mary Loquacious:
Nina Sosanya
Archangel Michael:
Doon Mackichan
Adam Young:
Sam Taylor Buck
Freddie Mercury:
Ben Crowe
Sushi Chef:
Dai Tabuchi
Harriet Dowling:
Jill Winternitz
George Bush:
Alistair Findlay
Voice of George Bush:
Jim Meskimen
Mother Superior:
Susan Brown
Sister Theresa:
Maggie Service
Sister Grace:
Jasmine Hyde
Young Warlock:
Rocco Day
Disposable Demon:
Paul Adeyefa
Sandalphon:
Paul Chahidi
Tarquin:
Oscar Farren
Pepper:
Amma Ris
Wensleydale:
Alfie Taylor

Celebrity Eggheads

Series 2

Episode 1

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Dermot Murnaghan hosts the quiz show. Can a team of BBC Radio 2 DJs featuring Paul Gambaccini, Suzi Quatro, Richard Allinson, Clare Teal and Alex Lester triumph for charity? Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Paul Gambaccini
Participant:
Suzi Quatro
Participant:
Clare Teal
Producer:
Rob Dean
Executive Producer:
David Young
Executive Producer:
Andy Culpin

Front Row

Aretha Franklin remembered, David Suchet, Laura Mvula and Ben Okri

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul', known for hits like Respect and Natural Woman, has died aged 76. Paul Gambaccini and Kevin Le Gendre assess her life and work. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Participant:
Paul Gambaccini
Participant:
Kevin Le Gendre
Interviewed Guest:
David Suchet
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Mvula
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Okri
Presenter:
Hilary Dunn

Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

A celebration of the life and work of one of Britain's favourite entertainers, Sir Ken Dodd, as told in his own words and with testimony from friends and family. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Russ Abbot
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Stephanie Cole
Interviewed Guest:
Lorna Dickinson
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gambaccini
Interviewed Guest:
David Hamilton
Interviewed Guest:
Norma Hornby
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Horne
Interviewed Guest:
Roy Hudd
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Jesson
Interviewed Guest:
John Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
Linda Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
John Martin
Interviewed Guest:
Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest:
Dara O Briain
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Pasquale
Interviewed Guest:
Barry Reeves
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Rogan
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Shakeshaft
Interviewed Guest:
Ian St John
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Sweeney
Interviewed Guest:
Jimmy Tarbuck
Interviewed Guest:
Ricky Tomlinson
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Vine
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Dodd
Executive Producer:
Mark Wells
Executive Producer:
Laurie Mansfield

Brian Pern

Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Spoof rockumentary series. How Brian broke America with the success of his classic album Shelf Life. Brian returns to Los Angeles where he is reunited with his family and ex-wife. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Documentary Director:
Rhys Thomas
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Tony Pebblé:
Nigel Havers
Pepita/Lyndsie Symon:
Lucy Montgomery
Band Member:
Craig Christiaens
Band Member:
Stephen Holbrook
Serge Maddox:
Lloyd Day
Himself:
Ian Wright
Himself:
Roger Taylor
Himself:
Martin Kemp
Writer:
Simon Day
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

Brian Pern

Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll

Episode 3

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Spoof rockumentary series. The original Thotch line-up are forced to reform after they are sued by their former manager Basil Steel for non-payment of royalties. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Documentary Director:
Rhys Thomas
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Tony Pebblé:
Nigel Havers
Barry Patmoor:
Denis Lawson
'Big' Basil Steel:
Alan Ford
Bennet St John:
Simon Callow
Security Guard:
Christopher James
Brian Pern's Mother:
Angela Thorne
Brian's Pern's Father:
Peter Bowles
Himself:
Noddy Holder
Himself:
Roger Taylor
Writer:
Simon Day
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

For One Night Only

Series 1

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Paul Gambaccini goes behind the scenes of the first performance of Britten's masterpiece, performed to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral. Show more

For One Night Only

Series 2

The Who Live at Leeds

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Paul Gambaccini uncovers the stories behind the Who's 1970 album, often cited as one of the best live rock albums of all time. Show more

Last Word

Jean Nidetch, Baroness Ruth Rendell, Geoff Duke OBE, Katharine Worth, Errol Brown

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch, novelist Baroness Rendell, motorcyclist Geoff Duke, drama professor Katharine Worth and Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Duke
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Schafer
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Pigott-Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Lauren Cohen
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gambaccini
Producer:
Neil George

HARDtalk

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC NewsLatest broadcast: on BBC News Channel HD

For a year, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini was under investigation, accused of sexual abuse. The case has now been dropped. What lessons can be learned from Gambaccini's experience? Show more

Contributors

Interviewer:
Stephen Sackur
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gambaccini

HARDtalk

Paul Gambaccini

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS North America

Paul Gambaccini spent a year as a suspect of historical sexual abuse before the case against him was dropped. What are the lessons of what he calls his twelve months of trauma? Show more

Contributors

Interviewer:
Stephen Sackur
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gambaccini

Last Word

Prince, Ray Fitzwalter, Victoria Wood, June Jolly, Phil Sayer

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister analyses and celebrates the lives of rock star Prince, World In Action editor Ray Fitzwalter, comedian Victoria Wood, nurse June Jolly and announcer Phil Sayer. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Neil George
Interviewed Guest:
Fergus Dudley
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gambaccini
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Corke
Interviewed Guest:
Vikki Stone
Interviewed Guest:
Margaretta Jolly
Interviewed Guest:
Sue Burr
Interviewed Guest:
Elinor Hamilton

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 5 days

Documentary that celebrates the legendary harmony duo who ruled the charts in the late 1950s and early 60s with hits like Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie and Cathy's Clown. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
1515 Productions
Production Company:
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Director:
George Scott
Producer:
Celia Moore
Participant:
Don Everly
Participant:
Michael McCall
Participant:
Art Garfunkel
Participant:
Graham Nash
Participant:
Tim Rice
Participant:
Dave Edmunds
Participant:
Jake Bugg
Participant:
Will Oldham
Participant:
Paul Gambaccini
Participant:
Waddy Wachtel
Participant:
Del Bryant
Participant:
Lucy O'Brien
Participant:
Teddy Thompson
Participant:
Paul du Noyer
Participant:
Keith Harris
Participant:
Anthony DeCurtis
Participant:
Albert Lee
Participant:
Bill Harlan
Participant:
Keith Richards

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Nile Rodgers reveals how he became the go-to producer of the 80s, creating signature sounds for Diana Ross, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran. Show more

Brian Pern

A Tribute

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Following the death of musician Brian Pern, film-maker Rhys Thomas presents an exclusive, cobbled-together tribute to the star with whoever he could get hold of at short notice. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Tony Pebble:
Nigel Havers
Basil Steel:
Alan Ford
Himself:
Monty Don
Himself:
David Arnold
Himself:
Mike Read
Himself:
Mike Batt
Roy Baker-Thomas:
Matt Lucas
Cindi Batt:
Jane Asher
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Ben Caudell
Writer:
Tony Way

For One Night Only

Series 1

George Harrison - The Concert for Bangladesh 1971

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Paul Gambaccini remembers this 1971 concert, which set the benchmark for pop music charity events and featured a remarkable live set fromBob Dylan. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Paul Gambaccini
Interviewed Guest:
George Harrison
Interviewed Guest:
Ravi Shankar
Interviewed Guest:
Bob Geldof
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Christgau