Cradle to Grave


It’s 1974 and fifteen-year-old Danny is our guide through the ups and downs of life with the Baker family. Dad Fred, known to all and sundry as ‘Spud’, is a proud south London docker with a penchant for rackets, fiddles and schemes, hopefully ‘nice and tasty’ ones. Wife Bet loves him deeply but longs for the family to go ‘straight’, and do daft things like pay taxes and put money in the electricity meter instead of always trying to scam it. With eldest daughter Sharon’s wedding looming, the docks facing closure and a switch to the dreaded ‘containerisation’ putting thousands of dockers out of work, times are challenging. So too are Danny’s attempts to get closer to the opposite sex. Full of humour, warmth and drama, “Cradle To Grave” is based on actual events and characters.

Cradle to Grave


Thursday, November 9, 2017

It’s 1974 and 15 year-old Danny (Laurie Kynaston) is our guide through the ups and downs of life with the Baker family. Dad Fred (Peter Kay), known to all and sundry as ‘Spud,’ a proud South London docker with a penchant for rackets, fiddles and schemes. Wife Bet (Lucy Speed), who loves him deeply but longs for the day when they do quaint things like actually put money in the electricity meter. Older brother Michael (Frankie Wilson), with his modish and much mocked head attire, and sister Sharon (Alice Sykes) 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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bet persuades Spud to expand their horizons to take in such rich new experiences as wine, the Bermondsey Small Retailers Annual Dinner Dance and a caravan holiday in Dymchurch. And for Danny there are lessons to be learned in biology, both at school and in the bedroom.

Cradle to Grave

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The world is changing and for Spud, not in a good way. The docks are facing closure and time honoured ancient fiddles like Cat in a Box and Fat Man are on the way out. But while Spud rues the doors that are closing Danny finds himself stepping into a parallel universe where actual telly programmes can be watched again in your own front room with Churcher’s incredible video recorder. Now all Danny needs to figure is how to rustle up the 100 quid he’s pledged to pay for it.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Paying for daughter Sharon’s  dream wedding is giving Spud sleepless nights whilst Danny has his own conundrum to solve. Should he seize the chance for honour and glory as captain of West Greenwich’s footie team or further develop his new found interest in photography inspired by the tutoring of smoking hot Future Studies teacher Miss Blondel with her French accent and her photographic dark room? Big decisions for both father and son.

Cradle to Grave

Thursday, January 4, 2018

It’s a jump in the dark for both Danny and Spud this week. For Danny, literally as he engages in more revealing encounters with Miss Blondel and her dark room. While for Spud it’s the uneasy contemplation of life away from the docks. Which is where Tony the Totter and a bag of horse manure comes into the equation.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Spud demonstrates his keen sense of hearing when it comes to money and wallets. Danny is a young man at a crossroads with the fabulous Miss Blondel – or Louise, as he’s now allowed to call her. And something is stirring in Shaky Young’s sister’s loft.

Cradle to Grave

Thursday, January 18, 2017

Double lives are being led by father and son as Spud embarks on his first day on the straight and narrow as a Commissionaire and Danny poses as David Essex’s brother. But for Bet it’s the need for a bit of breathing space and her friendship with Keith at work that might prove the most dangerous of all.

Thursday, January 25, 2017

A tale of two romantic milestones in the Baker family history – daughter Sharon’s much anticipated wedding and the 1949 courtship of one Freddie Baker and Betty Lockwood. Whilst Danny gets an interesting lecture from Yvonne.

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