BBC Two Orders Comedy Series Inspired By Danny Baker’s Life, Peter Kay To Star

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BBC Two has given the green-light to Cradle To Grave, a new comedy series starring Peter Kay which is inspired by the life of Danny Baker.

Based on Danny Baker’s autobiography Going To Sea In A Sieve, Cradle To Grave is set in the mid-1970s and follows the real-life events of 15 year-old Danny Baker and his family, who are facing some tough times. The series has received an order 8 half-hour episodes and is set to air on BBC Two later this year.

Peter Kay (Phoenix Nights) leads the cast of the series as Fred ‘Spud’ Baker, Danny’s father. Other series regulars include Lucy Speed (The Bill) as Bet Baker, Fred’s long suffering wife; Laurie Kynaston (Doctors) as a young Danny Baker; Alice Sykes (Silent Witness) as Sharon, Danny’s sister; and Frankie Wilson (Grantchester) as Michael, Danny’s brother.

Danny Baker and Jeff Pope are penning the scripts for Cradle To Grave, which is being produced by ITV Studios. Jeff Pope, ITV Studios Head of Factual Drama, serves as the executive producer, while Benidorm and Edge of Heaven helmer Sandy Johnson is attached to direct.

“I want BBC Two to be the place where creative talent can produce their very best, most authored work and Cradle To Grave is a wonderful example of this, written by the brilliant Jeff Pope and Danny Baker and starring a fantastic cast – demonstrating yet again the ambition and range of comedy on the channel” said BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen.

“The talents involved in this series are a powder keg of writing and performing British comedy genius”, added Shane Allen. “It’s a raucous and rich world of colourful characters and hilarious stories, and like Danny himself it’s shot through with a big-hearted ebullience.”