Cradle to Grave (2015– )
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Episode #1.8 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 15 October 2015
Bet is back home but refusing to talk to Fred and gets a call from Keith, suggesting she runs away with him. At Sharon's wedding reception Bet recalls her courtship and early married life ... See full summary »
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Episode credited cast:
Victoria Alcock ... Jeanie
David Aspinall David Aspinall ... 1948 pub drinker / 1948 lawyer
Bonnie Baker Bonnie Baker ... Keith's Daughter
Mancie Baker Mancie Baker ... Janet
Sonny Baker Sonny Baker ... Spud's Mate 2
India Barclay India Barclay ... Pat
Tom Brooke ... Keith
Laura Checkley Laura Checkley ... Lil
Michael Cochrane ... Judge
Dean Coulson Dean Coulson ... Tom
Rebecca Craven Rebecca Craven ... Doreen
Daniel Croucher ... Young Wally (as Dan Croucher)
Faye Daveney ... Young Bet
Alexa Davies ... Yvonne
Leanne Dunstan Leanne Dunstan ... Vicky
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Bet is back home but refusing to talk to Fred and gets a call from Keith, suggesting she runs away with him. At Sharon's wedding reception Bet recalls her courtship and early married life with Fred and her growing awareness of his dodgy deals, which land him in jail. However, after paying for a lavish honeymoon for Sharon Fred knows just how to win Bet back whilst Danny discovers that he only needs to be himself to impress Yvonne. Written by don @ minifie-1

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15 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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Laura Checkley (Lil) & Alexa Davies (Yvonne) also worked together on Detectorists (2014) as Louise & Kate respectively. See more »

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S1: Bit uneven in tone and not wholly successful in its characters
6 March 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Although I have not read the book that this show is based on, I have been a longtime fan of Danny Baker, whether it be his old Radio 1 show (playing Smoke on the Water on various objects), through to his current Five Live show. The sense of wonder and fun in his stories and those he has others tell tends to be what engages me, as he does have a passion for his memories. The first season (for there will be another) of this show has a good stab at conveying the sense of wonder and fun of growing up in this environment, but yet also has a run at getting through the filter of memory and providing something which also has genuine pathos to it.

In doing this it is a bit uneven in its tone, with a mix of the comedic and serious across the episodes. It doesn't quite feel like the show is flitting back and forward on this, but it doesn't manage to convince as a consistent approach. I guess part of this is that it does bounce around in a chaotic life, and have events from Baker's teenage self, and even from his father. The mixture does have a lot to like, but at the same time it is not as compelling on a character or narrative level as it may have been. The cast mostly help to counter this, with of course Peter Kaye leading the cast very well with a solid performance of real presence and character. The supporting turns are not always served as well, but there are not really any real weak links.

There is enough here to look forward to a second season to see what it does, but at the same time the show never threatens my preference for the way Baker tells the stories in his other media outlets.


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