Grandpa in My Pocket

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Magical adventures highlight the importance of grandparents.

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Positive Messages

Family, friendship, and community are themes throughout each episode. The special relationship between Jason and his grandpa is warm, inviting, and fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Grandpa Mason has a good relationship with his whole family, but bonds with his younger grandchildren, thanks to their secret. Most of the cast is White, but there is one Black British secondary character.  

Violence & Scariness

Nothing violent, but sometimes Grandpa Mason knocks things down or finds himself needing a little help when he’s in his shrunken state. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grandpa In My Pocket is a British preschool series that highlights the bond between a grandparent and his grandchildren. They share a fun secret together and get into adventures along the way. Things sometimes get knocked over, and on occasion there’s some mischievous activities, but it’s lighthearted and contains positive messages about family. 

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What's the story?

GRANDPA IN MY POCKET (which ran from 2009 to 2014) features a British grandpa with a special secret. Jason Mason (Jay Ruckley) lives with his mother (Zara Ramm), father (Sam Ellis), and older sister Jemima (Josie Cable). He has a special relationship with his grandfather (James Bolam), who just happens to have a magical shrinking cap that helps him get smaller, turn inanimate objects to life, and go on adventures unseen by adults. At first, no one else but Jason knows what he’s up to, but years later Grandpa lets his younger grandchildren, Josh and Elsie (Harvey Thorn and Sezen Djouma), in on what's going on. 

Is it any good?

This live-action British series creatively explores the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. Grandpa Mason is able to share his exploits with his grandchildren, who are more than willing to assist him during his exploits. His willingness to wreak a little havoc on occasion also creates some fun moments. 

The stories are lighthearted, and the overall series, albeit full of British humor, will appeal to a universal preschool audience. But Grandpa In My Pocket is also a celebration of the important role grandparents (or other family elders) can play in children’s lives that can be understood across countries and cultures.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Grandpa Mason and his younger grandchildren in Grandpa In My Pocket. Why does he share the secret with them? Why doesn’t he share it with Jemima? 

  • What kind of relationship do you (or did you) have with your grandmother and grandfather, or other older relatives or family friends? Did you do special things together? What makes your relationship unique?

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