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First glimpse of Peter Kay as Danny Baker’s dad in BBC2’s Cradle to Grave


Here’s a first glimpse of new BBC2 comedy Cradle to Grave, which stars Peter Kay in a dramatisation of Danny Baker’s autobiography.

Set in 1974, the eight-part series is due to air in the autumn and has been adapted for the screen by Baker and Philomena writer Jeff Pope. Although set in south London, it was filmed in Manchester with some scenes also shot at The Space Project.

Kay plays Baker’s father Fred ‘Spud’ Baker.

Watch the trailer below:

Announcing the project earlier in the year, Baker said: “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.”

Cradle To Grave was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning. It is directed by Sandy Johnson, with Ben Wheeler, DoP, and Mark Davies, editor. Pope, head of factual drama for ITV Studios, is also the producer.

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