Tonight BBC2 launches it's new 1970s set sitcom Cradle to Grave written by the great Jeff Pope and Danny Baker and starring Peter Kay. Having last year read Going to Sea in a Seive, the first hilarious book in Danny Baker's memoirs - heartily recommended, I've a feeling that this TV adaptation of the early years of his life will be a real corker.
The six part series hopes to have a touch of classic London based sitcoms like Only Fools... and Til Death... about it, and stars Bolton comic Kay - with a cockney accent - as Spud Baker, Danny's wideboy docker dad who literally leapt from the page of Danny's autobiography. Former EastEnders and The Bill star Lucy Speed (a very underrated, strong actress) will play Danny's mother and Laurie Kynaston stars as the 15 year old Danny himself, who gets the girls pretending to be David Essex's younger brother!
Also in the cast playing one of young Danny's conquests is the very talented Alexa Davies (pictured above) who wowed me recently as the studious Aretha, eldest in the clan from the Caitlin and Caz Moran sitcom Raised by Wolves, which itself was based on their early years.
And stick around on 2 immediately after Cradle To Grave at 9:30 for the debut of another sitcom, Boy Meets Girl
This will be the first transgender sitcom in the UK and stars Rebecca Root as Judy a 40 year old transgender lady and her developing relationship with 26 year old Leo played by Harry Hepple and the reactions of their respective families (headed up be the excellent Janine Duvitski and Denise Welch) and friends to more than just the age-gap. Like Cradle To Grave, this new sitcom has also attracted comparisons to previous hit sitcoms, notably Gavin and Stacey.