The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star

Channel 4 (ended 1998)


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The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star is, a six-part satirical take on the music world written by BAFTA award-winner Bryan Elsley (The Crow Road, My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star), centered around a young Glasgow band - Jocks Wa Hey - as they struggle to find success. The unlikely chart-toppers who go to form Jocks Wa Hey are Jez, the cocky lead singer played by Ciaran McMenamin (Titanic Town, David Copperfield); his best pal Psycho, the unkempt, scuzzy little bass player played by Duncan Marwick (Titanic Town); Wullie 'The Bigot' MacBoyne, psychopathic drummer played by Stephen McCole (Rushmore, Band of Brothers); the hard-hitting, ballsy lead guitarist Joe Nardone played by Nicola Stapleton (EastEnders); and Fiona, DSS Officer by day and Queen of Electronica by night, played by Simone Lahbib (Thief Takers, Bad Girls). Across six episodes they recruit new members, revolutionize their sound, acquire management, arrange a showcase gig, get signed, record a hopelessly over-budget album and cut a chaotic swathe through the cut-throat world of marketing and promotion, finally resting at the dizzying height of no. 7 in the singles chart and £3 million in debt. On their journey they encounter such characters as Slick Sloan, the disingenuous A & R man; Derek Trout, record producer; and their slimey manager Art Stilton. The series also includes cameo appearances from celebrities from the worlds of music and television, including Noel Gallagher from Oasis, Chrissie Hynde, Jamiroquai's Jay Kay, Denise Van Outen, Sara Cox and Samantha Fox. Remade as My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.moreless