Peter Kay is set to star in a new sitcom that is being dubbed "the new Only Fools and Horses." The Bolton-born comedian will play the role of Danny Baker's father Fred in 'Cradle to Grave'.

Peter KayPeter Kay is coming back on TV after six years away

The eight-part series is set to air on BBC Two and is based on Baker's memories of growing up in a council flat in Bermondsey, south London, in the 1970s. It's being compared to Sir David Jason's classic sitcom given Baker's father was known as a real-life Del Boy. The show is also based on Baker's acclaimed autobiography Going to Sea in a Sieve which tells the story of his father, a dock worker and union leader, was on a mission to beat "the system".

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Baker wrote: "When 'Only Fools and Horses' arrived on TV, most people I knew though it was a documentary."

'Cradle to Grave' has been written by Baker himself, as well as Jeff Pope, who previously penned the Oscar-nominated film Philomena. 

It's the first TV appearance for Kay for six years. His last turn came in the reality TV show Peter Kay's Britain's 'Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice'.

Previously, he starred alongside Paddy McGuinness in 'Phoenix Nights' and 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere'. 

He is officially the most successful stand-up comedian of all time and is in the Guinness World Records for playing to over 1.2 million. 

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