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From staying up late to cooking together, famous grandparents and grandchildren – from Sheila Hancock and Tony Benn to Daisy Lowe and Zoe Smith – celebrate the generation gap

Actor Sheila Hancock, 79, with Jack (17), Molly (15), Lola (14), Talia (nine), Charlie (eight), Alfie and Louis (five), and Rosie (two)

Sheila Being a grandma is lovely. There's a feeling of continuation. I know that when I go, which will be shortly, there will be people going on who have in them a tiny bit of me or John [husband John Thaw who died in 2002]. And that's nice. What I've most enjoyed is seeing them change and develop. I'm not that keen on them when they're weeny; they don't do much. Then suddenly, for example, Jack is a man. That is so odd. And these girls are suddenly young women.

It's totally different from being a parent. It's wonderful – you can lead them astray. I don't have to conform. It started with the teeth. »

- Simon Hattenstone, Becky Barnicoat

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