Danny Baker is having his early life adapted into a new sitcom for the BBC.

The author and presenter will co-write the series with Jeff Pope (Mrs Biggs, Philomena), which will be called Cradle To Grave and is based on his memoir Going To Sea In A Sieve and the follow-up book due out later this year, according to the Radio Times.

Danny’s sitcom will apparently have an air of Only Fools And Horses about it, in a bid to increase the number of working-class comedies from the broadcaster, as demanded by BBC TV boss Danny Cohen.

It is expected to feature Danny Baker’s ‘wheeler-dealer’ days growing up in Bermondsey and will fit into the genre of comedy envisioned by Cohen when he joined the corporation three years ago.

No actors have been signed up to the show yet, but Danny Baker told the Radio Times that ‘we have some extraordinary casting choices’.

A BBC spokesman would not comment on the programme.