Peter Kay 'sounds like EastEnder' in new role
Comedian Peter Kay made his first return to TV last night since successful BBC One sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share, but without his familiar Lancashire accent.
The star (inset) has swapped hot pots for jellied eels to play broadcaster Danny Baker's father in 1970s-set comedy drama, Cradle To Grave.
Adapted from Baker's memoir, Going To Sea In A Sieve, the eight-part BBC Two series has been co-written with Jeff Pope, who scripted ITV's hugely successful biopic Cilla, starring Sheridan Smith.
Kay plays Fred, the jovial, wheeler-dealer, Del Boy-like patriarch of a family who live in a council flat in south London.
Long-suffering wife Bet is played by The Bill's Lucy Speed, with newcomer Laurie Kynaston as the teenage Danny.
Hearing the accent the northern comedian adopted for the role is disconcerting at first - he sounds like a cast member of EastEnders.
But the 42-year-old is a commanding presence on the screen.
Talking about Kay's performance, Baker said: "Peter, yes, Bolton to his boots, but he's also an actor. He always wanted to be like his hero, Ronnie Barker, and he has that quality. I think he's the natural heir to that sort of actor."