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Series / Grandpa in My Pocket

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"Not the shrinking cap, Grandpa!"

Grandpa in my Pocket is a series created for the BBC by Adastra Creative about a grandpa who can apparently shrink whenever he puts on his "shrinking cap", and in each episode he would use this power to solve problems, such as finding a hamster under the floorboards or teaching a boy good manners. The series is narrated by his grandson, Jason, who is the only character to know about his secret.

The show had ran for a total of five series from 2009 to 2014, with the first three series being set in Sunnysands, while the fourth and fifth series primarily took place in a windmill where the main characters live. For the last series, the show was narrated by Josh and Elsie (Jason's cousins), who now got to know Grandpa's secret.

This show contains examples of:

  • Amusing Injuries: Mr. Whoops hurting himself whenever he's on screen.
  • As You Know: Jason as a tenancy to remind the viewers who the characters are, as well as the locations in Sunnysands.
  • Birthday Episode: "Captain Dumbletwit's Spaceship Cake".
  • Cool Old Guy: One guess.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Great Aunt Loretta
  • Demoted to Extra: By Series 4, Jason appears less and less and is replaced by his two cousins, Josh and Elsie.
  • Hat of Power: Grandpa's shrinking cap. Whenever he wears it, he shrinks in size. Aside from shrinking, Grandpa appears to have several abilities, including aerobic strength as well as the ability to turn objects into life.
  • Jerkass:
    • Great Aunt Loretta, Grandpa's sister.
    • Troy, the boy who lives next door to Jason. The episode "A Toy for a Boy called Troy" just shows how bad he can be.
    • Floyd, a similar character to Troy who essentially was his replacement in Series 2 onwards.
  • Meaningful Name: Too many to mention. Examples includes Mr. Whoops, Miss Smiley, Bubbles the Babysitter, Mr. Liker-Biker and Speedy Edie.
  • Once per Episode: Grandpa shrinking.
  • Running Gag:
  • Surprisingly Functional Toys: When Grandpa is small, he can operate Jason's toy car, plane and train, as well as make Gordon the toy seagull come to life. In Series 4, he can now operate Josh's toy helicopter as well.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Jason stating who are the characters and the locations in the place he lives to the viewers in every episode.