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Kay 'thrilled' by Baker book role

Peter Kay has said he is "thrilled" to star in a comedy adaptation of broadcaster Danny Baker's autobiography.

The comedian will appear alongside former EastEnders actress Lucy Speed in the eight part series called Cradle To Grave on BBC Two.

Set in 1974, the series follows the real life events of Baker and his family based on his autobiography Going To Sea In A Sieve.

In Cradle To Grave, 15-year-old Baker, played by Laurie Kynaston, is the guide through the ups and downs of life with the family.

Fred 'Spud' Baker - played by Kay - is a proud south London docker with a penchant for cheeky scheming, and wife Bet, played by Speed, loves him deeply but longs for the family to go straight and play by the rules.

Kay said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be involved in a project of this scale. I've never known anything like it before, eight period half hour episodes, shot as feature films and written to an extremely high standard by Danny Baker and Jeff Pope.

"It's an exciting time."

Baker said: "Well this is weird and there's no way around that. To see your life played out by actors is always going to be peculiar and also, frankly quite tremendous.

"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."

It is co-written by Baker and Pope, and is due for broadcast on BBC Two later this year.

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