Described as a rock doc parody, The Life of Rock With Brian Pern is just one of four new comedies ordered by the BBC as the corporation tries to build on its comedy programming. It’s is being touted as a modern day This is Spinal Tap.

Life of Rock With Brian PernLife of Rock With Brian Pern is coming soon

Simon Day plays Brian Pern - a rock star in his twilight years, fronting a major BBC documentary as the former lead-singer of the progressive rock group, Thatch.

It’s produced by BBC In House Comedy, with Rhys Thomas attached to direct. It stars Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Matt Lucas and the delightfully named Michael Kitchen.

Life of Rock BBCLife of Rock is one of four BBC comedies coming up

Detectorists - a six episode series which from the mind of Mackenzie Crook; Channel X; The Walshes, a three episode series from Father Ted creator Graham Linehan; In And Out Of The Kitchen, a three-episode series which is based on the Miles Jupp radio comedy of the same name are the other three comedies ordered.

“This quartet of comedy treats is testament to BBC Four’s unique legacy in bringing the audience big name comedy talents in surprising and inventive shows that follow in the footsteps of award-winning predecessors like Getting On, The Thick Of It, Twenty Twelve and Screenwipe”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning.

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Cassian Harrison, BBC4 channel executive, added: “It's terrific to have such a strong roster of new comedy for BBC4 From Brian Pern to The Walshes, we're home to a fantastic spread of innovation and some of the finest talent working in comedy today – exactly what comedy on BBC4 is all about.”

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