Grandpa in my pocket

Grandpa in My Pocket is on PBS Kids
Starring James Bolam
Jay Ruckley
Josie Cable
Zara Ramm
Sam Ellis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 74 (List of episodes)
Running time 12 minutes
Distributor Warner Home Video
Original channel CBeebies
Original airing 10 February 2009 (2009-02-10)
External links
Official website

Grandpa in My Pocket is a comedy drama series commissioned by Michael Carrington for CBeebies, the BBC's dedicated pre-school and nursery channel targeting children aged 1–6 years. The programme stars James Bolam, Jay Ruckley, Josie Cable, Zara Ramm and Sam Ellis. The story centres on Grandpa (James Bolam), who owns a magical Shrinking Cap, which only his grandson Jason (Jay Ruckley) knows about. This cap enables him to shrink to about 4 or 5 inches tall and experience many magical adventures which are told via voice-over narration by Jason, including finding a hamster under the floorboards and bringing a home-made robot to life.

When miniaturized, he has enough magic power to make Jason's toy car and toy biplane and toy railway locomotive work as the real vehicles including making engine noise, and drive them. Jason has a simple toy glider made of two pieces of wood in the shape of a seagull which he calls Gordon; Grandpa, when miniaturized, can ride on this and make it fly like a real seagull.

When miniaturized, Grandpa can jump much farther in proportion than in full size, and can also "run for all he's worth", as Jason puts it.

Grandpa is never identified on-screen with a proper name, so we never learn whether he is Mr. Mason or Mrs. Mason's father; both refer to him simply as "Grandpa" in much the same way as the parents of comic strip characters — such as The Beano's Dennis the Menace, for example — call each other "Mum" and "Dad". Even Grandpa's own sister, Great Aunt Loretta, only ever calls him "Grandpa".

According to the BBC press office, "Grandpa In My Pocket explores the hugely important relationship between grandchildren and grandparents by turning it on its head".[1]

In March 2009 it was announced that CBeebies had commissioned Adastra Creative to make a second series of Grandpa in My Pocket, ordering 26 new episodes of the show following the success of the first series.[2] Following the success of Series 2, a 3rd Series had been commissioned to be filmed in Wales in Summer 2010. It will be broadcast first on CBeebies in 2011.

The show is set in a fictional location called "Sunnysands". The exterior scenes are filmed on location in the towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, in Suffolk.[3] The Masons' house is in Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh. The pier and the lighthouse are in Southwold. The bike and other shop is in Walberswick.

A similar idea was used in The Dandy comic in the 1970s comic adventure strip Peter's Pocket Grandpa, which was based on an earlier prose text story called Jimmie's Pocket Grandpa which had appeared in The Dandy in the 1940s. This was parodied in the adult satirical comic, Viz, with its strip entitled Mickey's Miniature Grandpa, who only thought he could shrink, but lacked the actual ability.


Character Name Actor Relationship Notes
Grandpa James Bolam Grandpa is what most people see as an ordinary Grandpa, but is actually in possession of a magic shrinking cap.
Jason Mason Jay Ruckley Main character along Grandpa on the show He alone knows about Grandpa's shrinking cap and has to deal with the trouble it leads to, alone
Mrs Mason Zara Ramm Jason's Mum She is a housewife and Grandpa's daughter
Mr Mason Sam Ellis Jason's Dad He works in a bicycle shop. He is quite forgetful and is a typical annoying dad.
Jemima Mason Josie Cable Jason's older sister She loves pink and all her birthday presents are pink.
Great Aunt Loretta Susan Jameson Grandpa's sister She is bossy and annoying and quite often comes to stay.
Beowulf Tinkerbell Grandpa's dog He is often called Wulfy
Mr Whoops Steve Elias the accident-prone owner of Sunnysands Toyshop
Troy Shaheen Jafargholi
Troy's Dad David Davies
Miss Smiley Lorna Laidlaw owner of the Sunnysands cafe
Mr Liker-Biker Phil Gallagher
Lady Prigsbottom Liza Goddard Dora's aunt
Princess Purpelovna Rula Lenska celebrity film star
Igor David Kendall
Mr Krumpgrumble Brian Herring a taste tester
Miss Snip Heather Williams a dog groomer
Baby Boris Izaak Jameson-Lys
Mr Hackitt Simon Lys a gardener
Josh Arthur Byrne
Bubbles Elizabeth Franks Jason and Jemima's babysitter
Mr Marvelloso Sam Franks a magician
Rick the Rocking Raver David Straun a musician
Cousin Alvin Harry Jackson Jason's cousin
Miss Pointy-Pencil Meera Syal a teacher
Speedie Edie Alex Tregear a champion cyclist
Horatio Heave Ho David Rintoul a pirate
Captain Shipshape Alex Jennings the captain of a big cruise ship
Mrs Maridadi Vivien Heilbron a dressmaker
Rodger Splodger Sanjeev Bhaskar a painter
Mr Mentor Alan McMahon He is an inventor
Grandad Gilbert Geoffrey Palmer
Dora Maia Tamrakar Jason's friend
Shanay Paaras Bhardwaj Jemima's friend
Floyd Luke Perry the Mason's next door neighbour
Max Benjamin Greaves-Neal Grandpa's grandson Jason's cousin
Brenda Balderdash Maggie Ollerenshaw
Bernard Balderdash Geoff Leesley
Madame Vibrato Anne Reid an opera singing teacher
Lenora Sian Thomas an explorer
Flavia Cheeseman Jemima's new best friend
Squeak Tommy a kitten belonging to Bubbles the babysitter
Mr Scoffbucket Oscar a goat belonging to Mum's friend

Episode list

Series 1


  1. Ms Smilys Go in The Ca fa 1999
  • Adrew Shows a Sences 1999
  • Ms Smilys Jimgles Around The World 1999
  • Mr. Whoops Goes To The Toy Shop 1999
  • Jason Shows To Streach In My Exercise 1999
  • Grandpa's Campout a Tent 1999
  • "Beowulf the Brilliant" 2000
  1. "How to Handle a Hamster" 2000
  2. "Mr. Liker Biker's Big Mountain Mission" 2000
  3. "The Robot to Beat All Robots" 2001
  4. "Princess Purpelovna's Plan" 2001
  5. "Mr. Krumpgrumble's Visit" 2002
  6. "The Most Splendiferous Sandcastle in Sunnysands" 2002
  7. "A Fabulous Family Photo" 2002
  8. "Miss Smiley's Summer Show" 2002
  9. "The Wonderful World of Mr Whoops" 2002
  10. "Chaos in the Cafe" 2002
  11. "The Day the Baby Came to Stay" 2002
  12. "A Garden Full of Beasts" 2002
  13. "A Toy for a Boy Called Troy" 2002
  14. "Trouble for Bubbles" 2002
  15. "Shake Up and Shape Up" 2002
  16. "Mr. Marvelloso's Magic Show" 2002
  17. "A Tuneful Toot on a Trumpet" 2002
  18. "Getting Aunt Loretta Better" 2002
  19. "Sweet Dreams for Cousin Alvin" 2002
  20. "Something to Treasure Forever" 2002
  21. "A Saturday Full of Surprises" 2002
  22. "Magic in the Air" 2002
  23. "Nothing Stops Grandpa" 2002
  24. "Grandpa's Busy Bee Day" 2002
  25. "Captain Dumbletwit's Spaceship Cake" 2002

Series 2


  1. "Captain Dumbletwit's Toughest Mission Yet" 2003
  2. "Mr. Mentor's Custard Puff Plopper" 2003
  3. "No Two Rings the Same"2004
  4. "A Carrot Called Christopher and Other Odd Vegetables" 2004
  5. "Taking Floyd for a Ride" 2004
  6. "Trying to Play with Shy Shanay" 2004
  7. "A Day for a Play in Miss Smiley's Cafe" 2004
  8. "Jemima's New Best Friend" 2004
  9. "Bubbles and Squeak" 2005
  10. "No More Dolls for Dora" 2005
  11. "A Very Needy Speedy Edie" 2005
  12. "Making the Most of Max" 2005
  13. "Miss Smiley's Strawberry Surprise" 2005
  14. "In It To Win" 2005
  15. "Horatio Heave Ho!" 2005
  16. "Great Aunt Loretta's Not So Great Plan" 2005
  17. "Mr. Whoops' Toy of the Week" 2005
  18. "A Perfect Little Litter Picker" 2005
  19. "Big Elf, Little Elf" 2005
  20. "A Song for Miss Smiley" 2005
  21. "Mr. Scoffbucket the Goat" 2005
  22. "Miss Smiley's Dancing Tea" 2005
  23. "A Sunnysands Tick Tock Shock" 2005
  24. "Wulfy's Day With Mr Whoops" 2005
  25. "Captain Shipshape and a Fish Called Bryan" 2005
  26. "Grandpa's Greatest Escape Ever 2005
  • A Christmas Special 2005

Series 3


  1. "The Magic Of Christmas" 2006
  2. "No Ordinary Pig" 2007
  3. "The Lighthouse View, As Good As New" 2008
  4. "Boom A Boom Whoop Zing Zoo 2008
  5. "Leonora The Explorer 2008
  6. "A Captain Dumbletwit Box Of Tricks" 2009
  7. "No Help For Alvin" 2009
  8. "Mr. Mentor's Marvelicious Inventing Club" 2010
  9. "More Than A Biscuit For Mrs. McWhiskit" 2011
  10. "A Day What You Like To Do" 2011
  11. "No Mention Of An Invention" 2011
  12. "The Sunnysands School For Pirates" 2011
  13. "Mr. Greator The Creator" 2011
  14. "Mr. Whoops' Wonderful Wedding 2011
  • Ms Smilys Big World Advanture 2011

Awards and nominations

  • Nominated for Best Pre-School Live Action[7]
  • BAFTA - Wales 2010
  • Winner - Best Children's Programme

DVD release History


External links

  • BBC Programmes
  • Internet Movie Database
  • - Theatrical stage show
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