Cradle To Grave. Image shows from L to R: Fred 'Spud' Baker (Peter Kay), Danny Baker (Laurie Kynaston), Bet Baker (Lucy Speed). Copyright: ITV Studios
Cradle To Grave

Cradle To Grave

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 2015
  • 8 episodes (1 series)

Comedy drama based on the memoirs of Danny Baker. Peter Kay stars as Danny's dad Spud, with Lucy Speed as his mum Bet. Also features Laurie Kynaston, Frankie Wilson, Alice Sykes, Alexa Davies, Laura Checkley and more.

Cradle To Grave. Image shows from L to R: Fred 'Spud' Baker (Peter Kay), Sharon Baker (Alice Sykes), Danny Baker (Laurie Kynaston), Michael Baker (Frankie Wilson), Bet Baker (Lucy Speed). Copyright: ITV Studios

Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2015
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
8 (1 series)
Stars
Peter Kay, Lucy Speed, Laurie Kynaston, Frankie Wilson, Alice Sykes, Alexa Davies, Laura Checkley, Martin Hancock and more
Writers
Danny Baker and Jeff Pope
Director
Sandy Johnson
Producers
Kate Crowther, Jeff Pope and Danny Baker
Companies

It's 1974 and 15 year-old Danny is our guide through the ups and downs of life with the Baker family. With eldest daughter Sharon's wedding looming and the docks facing closure, times are challenging. So too are Danny's attempts to get closer to the opposite sex.

Cradle To Grave is based on actual events and characters.

Dad Fred is known to all and sundry as Spud, a proud South London docker with a penchant for rackets, fiddles and schemes. His wife Bet loves him deeply but longs for the day when they do quaint things - like put money in the electricity meter.

Then there's Danny's older brother Michael, with his modish and much mocked head attire, and sister Sharon who with her plimsole-wearing boyfriend is about to take Danny to the theatre for a West End experience he will never forget.

Throw in a coveted item of clothing, a rogue tortoise and an early brush with death and it's business as usual at 11 Debnams Rd.

Additional details

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
The theme tune is Cradle To The Grave by Squeeze.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 9pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 3rd April 2017 at 10:00pm on BBC2 - Episode 8
  • Monday 27th March 2017 at 10:00pm on BBC2 - Episode 7
  • Monday 20th March 2017 at 10:00pm on BBC2 - Episode 6

Recording details

  • Manchester - Location filming

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