The World According to Grandpa has landed on Channel 5’s Milkshake!
Created by multi-award-winning production company, Saffron Cherry Productions the new heart-warming children’s series starring Don Warrington MBE (Death in Paradise) is based on the best selling stories of the same name written by Chris Heath. The unique storytelling series follows the main character Grandpa, played by Don, every episode begins with one of Grandpa’s four grandchildren; Stanley, Connie, Louie, or Poppy asking him a question, which he spins into a nonsensical tale and takes them on fantastic journeys through colourful new worlds, answering their curious questions with tall tales, all from the comfort of his sofa.
The first eight episodes were all filmed and produced in October this year under strict COVID-19 guidelines, which also gives you a really interesting angle to the story. It is also a truly inclusive North West production featuring live-action, 2D animation, and a diverse team both in front and behind the camera.
The production was supported by the government-funded Young Audiences Content Fund, which is managed by BFI and supports the creation of distinctive, high-quality content for young audiences. Music is by North West composer Tayo Akinbode, children’s casting by Nicci Topping of Topping Casting in Huddersfield and all equipment was supplied by Manchester based the Kit Hire Company.
Caroline Roberts-Cherry, Managing Director of Saffron-Cherry Productions said: “In these troubled times, the interaction of grandparents and children has never been more appreciated, and never more needed. This show aims to answer some universal questions, highlighting the beauty of the spoken word, the power of imagination, and the love that spans the generations, everywhere.” She continues: “It feels like a real achievement to make this show and get it out there under such exacting conditions and we did it by working together as a team, who all had the best interests of the series but also of their colleagues, at heart.”
Talking about the inspiration behind the new series, writer of the original books, Chris Heath said: “He’s based on my own Grandfather. I called him Grandad Lou, but his name is Arturo Garcia. Born and raised in Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, one of the stories ‘What are clouds for?’ is based on a story he used to tell me about a ‘land shark’.”
Jackie Edwards, Head of Young Audiences Content Fund, BFI said: “We are thrilled to have been able to support The World According To Grandpa and we are so excited to see it on screen at the end of this month. It’s a beautiful show that will bring families together across each generation.”
The World According To Grandpa is a truly inclusive show featuring a diverse team both in front and behind the camera. A Welsh language version of The World According to Grandpa has also been commissioned for S4C and will be co-produced with Cardiff based company Boom Cymru.
Catch the all-new series of The World According to Grandpa on Channel 5’s Milkshake from 28th November.