LEARN TO ROCK with Stevie and Rog on “The Real Musicians Channel” VH1

Produced by Paul Wilkinson at MTV
Directed by John Willie Hopkins and Gareth Tunley
Written by John Willie Hopkins Gareth Tunley
Starring John Hopkins, and Gareth Tunley

Creative head of MTV, Paul Wilkinson, commissioned John Hopkins and Gareth Tunley to write and perform a series of interstitials or sketches, spoofing cable channels that provide rock music lessons. We wrote and developed these characters Roger Pratt and Steve Penrose for presenting ‘live’ on the fictional “Real Musician’s TV” cable channel hosting their low rent show – Learn to Rock with Sevie and Rog. Their pearls of wisdom often impaired by their own egos. The interstitials ran for several years on VH2 and then VH1.

I love these characters and see them as living breathing people. We wrote by audio-recording improvisations and scripting from that. For the shoot we de-scripted this to give a conversationsal feel. We were later delighted to to be asked to record some show at the Albert Hall in support for the Teenage Cancer Trust – a great cause and a slot filled the year before by Alan Partridge.

There are two sitcom treatments in development for these characters. Please contact us for further information.

For Now…

Learn How To Rock!

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On Agents

 

Recipe For Songwriting

 

Inspiration For Songwriting

 

On Girls & Bands

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Rog’s Song In B Minor

 

Making A Pop Video

 

Any Excuse For Drink

 

History Of The Electric Guitar

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Selling Out

 

Rog’s Studio - The Reptile House

 

Jamming And Spontinaety

 

Tuning The Guitar

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Special Guest Drummer

Stevie & Rog's Blog

   

Stevie - Member

Stephen Penrose here. Below Rog is going to post some recordings we did for the Charity (link to the donations page:) The Teenage Cancer Trust. I’d just like to say that I find doing a lot of work for charity very satisfying but I would like to selflessly use this opportunity to not talk about all the charity work that I do personally do and simply extend my respects to the legend Sir Bob Geldof on the work that he has done for Band Aids.

Needless to say if ever you are doing another Live Aids/Band Aids type thing I would drop all my other things to play a full set of original music at little to no cost. I am totally against Aids too. So Sir Bob don’t hesitate to ask ;)

   

Rog - Member

‘Right! Rog here. How ya doin kiddas! We all know Teenagers can be a nuisance, especially the ones outside the co-op in Bruntwood. (Ya know who I’m talking about Bod Black. I want my hat back now. When you’re ready. Me ex, Lindy knitted that and it means a lot to me as you can still smell her on it - She sat on it for a week when she was ill, not long beofre she left, and it’s the only thing I still have to remind me of her scent.)

However, movin’ on, when we were asked to record a few teenage memories for the [link] Teenage Cancer Trust at the Albert Hall. I was happy to oblige and these are the clips that I chose. I hope you enjoy them.

This video is called Rebecca". We broach Steve’s romantic past with a young girl from the area (He was young too at the time)

"The Smell of Nostalgia" – we talk about how certain smells, like Stevie’s can send you right back.

This clip is called “Morrissey”. It’s an incredible story of when Stevie lets on about his closeness, in his youth, to the great Morrissey

This last clip for the Teenage Cancer Trust is called “Lee Bowery and the Worms”. I had a very tough upbringing and which somehow connected me to the great 80’s surrealist romantic homosexual Lee Bowery

Please donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust by clicking on any of the links above.

   

Stevie - Member

I have donated my time but I will still find time to donate a large sum of money. Thanks.

   

Rog - Member

When will you do that Stevie I thought you hated charity?

   

Stevie - Member

That is not true. I’m doing it next week. When I’m at a computer.

   

Rog - Member

Aren’t you at one now?

   

Stevie - Member

No