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Spud does not like this working life; PICK OF THE DAY CRADLE TO GRAVE (BBC2, 9pm).

IT'S a double helping of 1970s life as this endearing series draws to a close with two back-to-back episodes. Bet is delighted when Fred dons a uniform and starts a new job as a commissionaire, although she might want to avoid spending those pennies just yet.

Spud's first day in the office gets off to a shouty start when he's given a very pubic dressing down by his smarmy upstart of a boss. Before you can say P45 he's grappling with his new employer's neck in a stairwell and throttling him into submission.

Oh dear. Bang go Bet's wistful dreams of a steady income and a husband in regular employment.

Meanwhile, Danny, who's yet to inform his parents he's taken a permanent break from school, embarks on a double life, when a couple of girls get the idea he's the younger brother of 70s heartthrob pop star David Essex - a misunderstanding he's happy to run with when he realises a neck-scarf, leather-waistcoat and a bit of bluffing can bag him a date with Heather, the most gorgeous girl on the block.

As the series comes to a close, big sister Sharon gets ready to tie the knot while Bet is having serious doubts about her own marriage to the incorrigible Fred.

As for Danny's brother Michael - he's having an interesting time having his first experience with LSD, leading to some very amusing scenes involving snails, phone boxes and a Maris Piper potato.

We'll miss the warmth and humour of this show - starring Peter Kay and Lucy Speed - but fans need not be disappointed as Danny Baker, whose life it is based on, is already penning series two.


Bet (Lucy |Speed), Fred (Peter Kay) and Sharon (Alice Sykes) in the first of tonight's double bill. Right is Young Danny (Laurie Kynaston)

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 15, 2015
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