David Walliams’ Grandpa’s Great Escape Set For Xmas

BBC One has announced that an adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book, Grandpa’s Great Escape, will air this Christmas.

Grandpa’s Great Escape tells the tale of Grandpa (Tom Courtenay), a World War II flying ace, who now sadly suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and 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 (Jennifer Saunders).

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 (Kit Connor) 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.

David Walliams, who will play Jack’s dad Barry, says: “I am thrilled to be working with acting and comedy royalty on this adaptation of my book. I have loved Tom Courtenay forever and I still can’t believe that I am working with him. He is the perfect Grandpa. And what a treat to be working with comedy genius Jennifer Saunders again.”

Grandpa’s Great Escape is the fifth David Walliams children’s book to be adapted for a BBC Christmas special, following Mr Stink (2012), Gangsta Granny (2013), The Boy In The Dress (2014) and Billionaire Boy (2015).