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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Peter Kay to star in Danny Baker's Cradle to Grave

The BBC has announced that Peter Kay will take the lead in upcoming comedy Cradle to Grave.

Cradle to Grave is an adaptation of Danny Baker's autobiography Going to Sea in A Sieve and has been co-written for the screen by Jeff Pope. Kay is set to play Baker's father Fred whilst former Eastenders actress Lucy Speed will play long-suffering wife Bet.

Due to be broadcast on BBC Two later this year, Cradle to the Grave is set in 1974 and will follow the real life events of Danny and his family.

Speaking of the project; Danny said, "well this is weird and there's no way around that. To see your life played out by actors is always going to be peculiar and also, frankly quite tremendous. I always knew these stories were thunderingly entertaining incidents and that I seemed to be hurtling through a particularly unpredictable, high-velocity life peopled by extraordinary characters. Now here they are. This will be a fantastic, rich voyage back to a boisterous often maligned era, true tales told large - a strong family in a magnificent working class community just getting on with life.”

In Cradle To Grave, 15-year-old Danny Baker is the guide through the ups and downs of life with the family. Fred ‘Spud’ Baker is a proud south London docker with a penchant for cheeky scheming. Wife Bet loves him deeply but longs for the family to go 'straight’ and play by the rules. With eldest daughter Sharon’s looming wedding, the docks facing closure, and Danny’s struggles to get closer to the opposite sex, times are tough.

Of being cast in the comedy, Kay said, "I am thrilled and honoured to be involved in a project of this scale. I've never known anything like it before, eight period half-hour episodes, shot as feature films and written to an extremely high standard by Danny Baker and Jeff Pope. It's an exciting time.”

Co-writer, Jeff Pope added, "the most exciting part of this series is that it all happened. There is nothing funnier or more dramatic than real life and Danny and his family are a treasure trove of wonderful stories. To see Peter Kay take on a cockney character in 'Spud', Danny's late father, is terrifically exciting."

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