Grandpa's Great Escape

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Grandpa's Great Escape


A TV drama based on a David Walliams book is becoming as much a Christmas tradition as the fairy on top of the tree. This one, his sixth festive outing, is a heart-warming story about the close relationship between a boy (Kit Connor) and his grandfather, who was a Second World War flying ace.

Except, sadly, Grandpa (Tom Courtenay) has Alzheimer’s disease and his episodes of confusion land him in Twilight Towers, a dreadful home for the elderly run by a cruel Miss Trunchbull figure (Jennifer Saunders). When Jack helps his grandpa escape (come on, that’s not giving anything away), you’ll be cheering them on.

It’s full of comedy stereotypes (including Walliams as a boring dad obsessed with traffic cones) but there are a few tear-jerking moments too.


Jack's grandfather was a Second World War flying ace who now sadly has Alzheimer's disease, and when his family can no longer look after him he is moved to Twilight Towers care home, run by matron Miss Dandy. It soon becomes clear she is running the place for her own ulterior motives and it is up to Jack to help his grandpa make a daring escape and once again take to the skies in a Spitfire. Adaptation of David Walliams' children's book, starring Tom Courtenay, Kit Connor and Jennifer Saunders.

Cast & Crew

Grandpa Tom Courtenay
Barry David Walliams
Jack Kit Connor
Patricia Samantha Spiro
Miss Dandy Jennifer Saunders
Raj Harish Patel
Miss Trifle Michele Dotrice
Miss Verity Katy Brand
Shelley Alice Nokes
Dazza Frankie Fox
Gravedigger Butch Ricky Champ
Gravedigger Vince Samson Kayo
Security guard Ed Kear
Voice of adult Jack Rafe Spall
Director Elliot Hegarty
Executive Producer Jo Sargent
Producer Charlie Leech
Writer Kevin Cecil
Writer David Walliams
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Comedy Children's