Grandpa in my Pocket, which has just launched its second series on children’s channel CBeebies.
The show, which features the escapades of a shrinking grandfather, has been a hit both in the UK and in more than 100 countries worldwide. The programme is produced and filmed in Cardiff.
Producer Mellie Buse describes the casting for the actor to play the lead role of Grandpa's imaginative seven year old grandson (played by Jay Ruckley).
“We had James Bollam on board for a long time before it was even commissioned,” explains Mellie.
“But it was vitally important for the whole project that we got the right boy. We had about 400 boys to see and we couldn’t cast the rest of the family until we got the right boy.
“We were willing to bring the right boy to Wales no matter where in the country they came from. We would have brought the whole family. We saw a lot of boys but still hadn’t found the right one. Then it got to about the 392nd boy. It was the last afternoon of auditions and the last hour and we thought we were going to have to start the whole process over again when Jay Buckley walked in.
“He had a twinkle in his eye, he opened his mouth and his voice was perfect and he was really good at doing the voice over, which is actually quite difficult to master.
“We knew we had him and then we found out he was from Barry, how perfect was that?
“And of course we also had Shaheen Jafargholi on the first series before he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
“He played Troy, the bad boy next door. Shaheen told us he could sing and offered to do Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We had him in the studio and he opened his voice and we were just blown away. It was amazing to think that a year later he was singing at Michael Jackson’s funeral.
“There is such a wealth of talent in Cardiff and Wales, so we are really lucky to be here.”