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Grandpa in my Pocket

Submitted by on March 17, 2010 – 11:23 pmNo Comment

“Set in the wsonderful world of Sunnysands, where the sun always shines, Grandpa in my Pocket is a gently amusing gem.”

Price: £7.99

Buy online at Amazon

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Grandpa in my PocketInitial thoughts: Want ‘Grandpa in my Pocket’ in your pocket? From today (March 15th) you can, as the BAFTA-nominated pre-school series starring James Bolam is released on DVD.

Set in the wonderful seaside world of Sunnysands, where the sun always shines and characters abound, this gently amusing programme reaches parts no other children’s TV programme can quite reach. It’s unique charm is the way it manages to bring nostalgia up-to-date and dispense liberal quantities of feel-good factor.

We liked: There is a charming, slightly old-fashioned atmosphere about this series. When it first aired on CBeebies at the crucial ‘meltdown’ five-thirty p.m. slot last year, it set my remote-control finger twitching. I was convinced that Charlie would struggle with the narrative and the older characters. But not a bit of it! ‘Bobba in my poh-ee’ is now a firm teatime favourite in our house. The second series started on CBeebies recently; now with the DVD we’re always going to be up-to-date with Jason Mason and his incredible, shrinking Grandpa.

We weren’t so keen: The fact that the DVD (inevitably) covers the series aired last year means watching it alongside series two can be a bit confusing. Although each episode is entirely self-contained there is some development of the story (such as the appearance of bike-shop helper Mr Liker-Biker in the second series). But this is a minor point to a toddler.

Overview: This unique series is long overdue on DVD and at just £7.99 (Amazon) for almost 90 minutes of comic mayhem, it represents great value for money.

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