In Cradle To Grave, 15-year-old Danny Baker is the guide through the ups and downs of life with the family. Fred ‘Spud’ Baker is a proud south London docker with a penchant for cheeky scheming. Wife Bet loves him deeply but longs for the family to go 'straight’ and play by the rules. With eldest daughter Sharon’s looming wedding, the docks facing closure, and Danny’s struggles to get closer to the opposite sex, times are tough.
The world is changing and for Spud, it's not in a good way. The docks are facing closure and time-honoured ancient fiddles like Cat in a Box and Fat Man are on the way out. But while Spud rues the doors that are closing, Danny finds himself stepping into a parallel universe where actual telly programmes can be watched again in your own front room with Churcher's incredible video recorder. Now all Danny needs to figure out is how to rustle up the 100 quid he's pledged to pay for it.
Paying for daughter Sharon's dream wedding is giving Spud sleepless nights, whilst Danny has his own conundrum to solve. Should he seize the chance for honour and glory as captain of West Greenwich's footie team or further develop his new found interest in photography inspired by the tutoring of smoking hot Future Studies teacher Miss Blondel, with her French accent and her photographic dark room? Big decisions for both father and son.
It's a jump in the dark for both Danny and Spud. Literally for Danny as he engages in more revealing encounters with Miss Blondel and her dark room, while for Spud it's the uneasy contemplation of life away from the docks. Which is where Tony the Totter and a bag of horse manure comes into the equation.
Spud demonstrates his keen sense of hearing when it comes to money and wallets. Danny is a young man at a crossroads with the fabulous Miss Blondel - or Louise, as he's now allowed to call her. And something is stirring in Shaky Young's sister's loft.
Double lives are being led by father and son as Spud embarks on his first day on the straight and narrow as a commissionaire and Danny poses as David Essex's brother. But for Bet, it is the need for a bit of breathing space and her friendship with Keith at work that might prove the most dangerous of all.
A tale of two romantic milestones in the Baker family history - daughter Sharon's much anticipated wedding and the 1949 courtship of one Freddie Baker and Betty Lockwood. Meanwhile, Danny gets an interesting lecture from Yvonne.