Cradle to Grave

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (1,200)

Cradle to Grave is a comedy-drama television series that premiered in 2015 on the British channel BBC2. The show is based on the memoirs of Danny Baker, who also co-wrote the series alongside Jeff Pope. This 8-episode series is available for viewing on Acorn TV. The series is set in the 1970s in Bermondsey, a working-class district in South London, and follows the life of a teenager named Danny Baker (played by Laurie Kynaston). Danny is a typical teenager who loves pop music, girls, and causing trouble. He is the youngest member of a family of six, and the show follows the ups and downs of his life as he navigates his teen years with the help of his parents, sister, and friends.

Danny's father, Fred Baker (played by Peter Kay), is a lovable rogue who works as a docker and is always looking for a way to make a quick buck. He is constantly at odds with his wife Bet (played by Lucy Speed), who is a gentle and caring mother, but also very strict and traditional. Fred's charm and wit often get him into trouble, but he is always able to talk his way out of it. Bet is a no-nonsense woman who expects her children to follow the rules and behave, but she is fiercely protective of them and will go to great lengths to keep them safe.

The show is filled with hilarious moments as Danny and his friends get into mischief and try to impress the girls they like. The dialogue is filled with witty banter and slang that is typical of 1970s London. The show also features a great soundtrack filled with classic 70s hits that will have viewers tapping their feet and reminiscing about their own teen years.

But the show is not just about laughs, as it also deals with serious issues such as racism, classism, and sexism. Danny and his family experience the harsh realities of life in 70s London, where the color of your skin and the neighborhood you live in can determine your opportunities in life. But the show handles these issues with sensitivity and doesn't shy away from showing the ugly side of things.

The acting in Cradle to Grave is superb, with Peter Kay delivering a standout performance as Fred Baker. He brings a depth to the character that makes him more than just a lovable rogue, and viewers will find themselves rooting for him even when he's done something wrong. Lucy Speed also shines as Bet, and Laurie Kynaston does an excellent job of capturing the awkwardness and excitement of adolescence.

Overall, Cradle to Grave is a delightful and heartwarming series that will have viewers laughing and crying in equal measure. It's a charming look back at a time when life was simpler, but also more difficult in many ways. It's a tribute to the resilience of family and the power of love and friendship, and is definitely worth a watch for anyone who loves a good coming-of-age story.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
October 15, 2015
It's Sharon's wedding day, but Spud and Bet still aren't speaking to each other. As she decides whether or not to run off with Keith, Bet reflects her courtship and early married life with Spud.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
October 15, 2015
Spud gets his new job as a commissionaire, but it doesn't go as planned. Danny hopes to make ex-girlfriend Yvonne jealous by posing as pop singer Davis Essex's brother. Michael tries LSD, while Bet spends more time with Keith.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
October 8, 2015
Spud tries to get his hands on a clean war record in order to qualify for his dream job. Danny still hasn't told his parents that he's left school. Bet befriends a lonely co-worker whose wife has left him.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
October 1, 2015
Danny finally gets to enter the dark room with Miss Blondel, but it's not what he expects. Spud takes voluntary redundancy from the docks to pay for Sharon's wedding, and tries to eke out a living elsewhere.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
September 24, 2015
Spud and Bet worry about paying for Sharon's wedding. Danny's loyalty to the football team is tested when he has the opportunity to spend more time with his beautiful photography teacher.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
September 17, 2015
A new security team at the docks makes Spud's illegal activities more difficult. Danny goes into debt trying to get his hands on a video recorder. Sharon has a new boyfriend.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
September 10, 2015
Frustrated with by Fred's ventures, and inspired by her wealthier friend, Bet asks Fred for a holiday. Danny and his friends discover the perils of underage drinking.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
September 3, 2015
Business is booming for Spud's line in selling stolen goods from the docks. Danny and his friends covet a flashy pair of trousers that they think will help their chances of getting a date.
  • Premiere Date
    September 3, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (1,200)