KERMODE ON FILM: ‘King Rocker’ Special

The new KERMODE ON FILM is a King Rocker special and is now live to download from your preferred podcast supplier. Alternatively, you can listen to it on Spotify below


Comedian Stewart Lee  and director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast of London), investigate a missing piece of punk history: Robert Lloyd, best known for fronting cult Birmingham bands The Prefects and The Nightingales, has survived under the radar for over four decades.

But how, if at all, does Robert want to be remembered? The anti-rockumentary King Rocker weaves the story of Birmingham’s undervalued underdog autodidact into that of the city’s forgotten public sculpture of King Kong, eschewing the celebrity interview and archive-raid approach for a free-associating bricolage of Indian food, bewildered chefs, vegetable gardening, prescription medicines, pop stardom and pop art.

Featuring: John Peel, Frank Skinner, Nigel Slater, Robin Askwith, Samira Ahmed, Gina Birch, Marc Riley, Danny Fields, John Taylor, Paul Morley, Fuzzbox, Kevin Eldon, Nish Kumar, Bridget Christie, Andrew O’Neill, Seann Walsh and more

When: Saturday 6th February. 9pm.  Sky Arts

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Director: Michael Cumming
Brass Eye, Oxide Ghosts, Toast Of London

Writer: Stewart Lee
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Producer: James Nicholls
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