Based on an original book by David Walliams, Grandpa’s Great Escape tells the tale of Grandpa, a World War II flying ace, who now sadly suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. When his family can no longer look after him he is moved to an old people’s home called Twilight Towers, run by Miss Dandy.
It soon becomes clear Miss Dandy is running Twilight Towers for her own ulterior motives, and it is up to Grandpa and his grandson Jack to make a daring escape. Failure could have the most dire consequences, but success will give Grandpa a final chance to relive his past – and once again take to the sky in his beloved Spitfire.
Grandpa is played by Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago, The Dresser), his grandson Jack is played by Kit Connor (Get Santa, Mr Holmes) and Miss Dandy is played by Jennifer Saunders (French And Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous).
Jack’s mum is played by Samantha Spiro (Babs, Game of Thrones) and Jack’s dad is played by David Walliams (Little Britain, Britain’s Got Talent). Miss Trifle is played by Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em).
Executive Producer: Jo Sargent
Producer: Charlie Leech
Director: Elliot Hegarty
Grandpa’s Great Escape airs Monday 1 January 2017 from 6.55pm-8.00pm on BBC One.