Woodland Animations Ltd for the BBC animation: stop-motion animation episodes: 13 x 5mins
Gran, how are you? How d'you feel today?
I just came by to see if I could be
of help in any way..."
Animated by Ivor Wood's Woodland Animation,
this fun series featured Patricia
Hayes as the voice of a spritely Grandmother
who was always getting up to
grand grumbling fun with her grandson Jim. Gran
was an adventurous gal
and she indulged in a series of crazy hobbies
and activities like hang-gliding,
extreme knitting and keeping dangerous animals
from the zoo. In "Gran's
News" she even gets a starring
role in a film, as Sherrif Gran in a western called
Gets Her Man". With all that energy and enthusiasm our
young Jim seem rather dull by comparison
- she really was a most
"Gran" was another splendid
Woodland Animations production created by
Joanne and Michael Cole, perhaps most
famously known for their brilliantly
simple creation Bod.
According to Lo and Alison Cole, Gran was actually
based on their fun-loving Grandmother who
lived to the grand old age of 101.
You can find out more about the Cole
family in this here Toonhound Q&A...
» 4 Front's UK DVD release is billed as being
"Series One", even
though only thirteen
episodes were ever made, and all thirteen
feature on the disc!
Gran's Old Bones Gran's
Gran the Camper
Gran Knits Snow
Gran's Rare Bird
Gran's a Goalie Grandmother
Gran's Gadgets Gran's
Gran's Good News
The first episode was broadcast on BBC1,
17th February 1983,
1.45pm. The series
then ran once a week for thirteen weeks,
concluding on 12th May 1983...