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Grandma's House - Series 1 [DVD]

Simon Amstell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Simon Amstell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWDBYG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Welcome to BBC2's critically-acclaimed comedy Grandma's House.

Simon Amstell (Popworld, Never Mind the Buzzocks) is Simon, a mildly self-obsessed, claustrophobic narcissist, trying desperately to heal his broken family so he can feel something real in his life. BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Nighty Night, The Day Today) is his mother, Tanya. She is marrying a man with a big house. James Smith (In the Loop) is Clive. He is a man, with a big house. Linda Basset (The Reader, East is East, Larkrise to Candleford, The Hours) is Grandma, desperate for everyone to be happy or at least agree that they are happy and not cause any bother. Geoffrey Hutchings (Benidorm, Sunshine) is Grandpa who, aside from his prostate cancer, is no bother. Samantha Spiro (Cor Blimey, Tomorrow La Scala) is Liz, who isn't so keen on Simon because he's Tanya's son and Jamal Hadjkura is her son Adam, who has gone a bit odd.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Welcome to BBC2's critically-acclaimed comedy Grandma's House.Simon Amstell (Popworld, Never Mind the Buzzocks) is Simon, a mildly self-obsessed, claustrophobic narcissist, trying desperately to heal his broken family so he can feel something real in his life. BAFTA award-winning Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Nighty Night, The Day Today) is his mother, Tanya. She is marrying a man with a big house. James Smith (In the Loop) is Clive. He is a man, with a big house. Linda Basset (The Reader, East is East, Larkrise to Candleford, The Hours) is Grandma, desperate for everyone to be happy or at least agree that they are happy and not cause any bother. Geoffrey Hutchings (Benidorm, Sunshine) is Grandpa who, aside from his prostate cancer, is no bother. Samantha Spiro (Cor Blimey, Tomorrow La Scala) is Liz, who isn't so keen on Simon because he's Tanya's son and Jamal Hadjkura is her son Adam, who has gone a bit odd. ...Grandma's House - Season 1 ( Grandma's House - Season One )

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh without needing to be. 24 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
It's hard to define the best thing about Grandma's House. I can understand how not everyone has love for it, but I guess 'haters gonna hate'. The scriptwriting is quick, yet not needing for silly puns or naff sitcom-style laughter tracks. Much like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office or The Thick of It, it works of awkward wit and communication between stereotype characters. The character's would be nothing without some great performances (namely co-writer Amstell's, and the late Geoffrey Hutchings who gives a level-headed approach. In many ways he is the 'chorus' of the piece.) and the characters are created so well you could believe every second of it is written on Amstell's real life experiences.

To sum up, an excellent comedy-drama (where the drama is made easier to approach due to the comedy around it) and Amstell and Swimer should recieve many accolades for some of the best writing in recent years.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain! 20 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
Ive read some less than positive reviews about this and I really cannot understand why. Its fabulous - It is definately more subtle than alot of comedy/tv these days. Less frenetic, more thoughtful and in a lot of ways quite old fashioned but the script is excellent, sharp, almost much more like a piece of theatre than a modern sitcom.

Although it touches on older sitcoms in many ways - its stylings, location etc it is also slyly subversive. Simons Grandad passing him a book on good oral sex for men that he picked up from the library "because they were worried he wasnt happy" would not be in Terry and June. It does touch subtly on Jewish humour often, again subtly but brilliantly - It is not a replica of curb or the office or any of those sitcoms, it is very much its own beast. It improves with a second viewing and certainly rewards more with time. I think it will only go from strength to strength with such solid writing.

Its a brave move to go from making such bombastic television as popworld etc to something in a much quieter vein and in these days of "celebs" only being allowed to have one facet of there personality on show at any one time it was always going to upset people who just want to see mr Amstell call someone an idiot. And perhaps that is very much the point of this whole show.

Its excellent. Gets better as the series continues and stays with you in a way most more transient flash bang wallop comedies dont.
I wish all reinvention was as good as this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous. We want more! 19 Aug 2010
By John W. Edelman VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is the best sitcom I've seen for ages. Really, really funny and really, cringeingly, like real life sometimes. All the characters are brilliantly played and scripted. Simon Amstell is a revelation as a very funny writer and actor and Rebecca Front is well on the way to becoming a national treasure. Watch it if you love to cry with laughter!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny stuff. 16 Sep 2010
By pete VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Simon Amstell is like Marmite you either love him or you don't. If you get his humour which is ultimately about him being ill at ease with celebrity egos then you will appreciate Grandma's house. Each episode takes place around a family visit to Grandma's House. Simon battles with his demons': not having a boyfriend, feeling guilty about slagging of popstars on Buzzcocks (although that it is Buzzcocks is only infered), hating his Mum's new boyfriend. His family brilliantly cast (Rebecca Fron, Linda Basset) and played, offer encouragment, warmth and criticism. They also bicker. The intimacy relies on you the viewer being in on the joke. None of it is really true Simon Amstell isn't really saying he is like this but it is very, very clever. Episode 5 where he invites his Dad round for a group therapy session to excorcise old resentments is especially funny. There is no laughter track and it does require getting beyond episode 1 to really 'get' what is going on. It's not Terry and June or The Royale Family or even The Kumars. I thought it was more like Roseanne at it's peak. I also loved how matter of fact everybody was about him trying to flirt with a potential boyfriend in the front room. I hope there is a second series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it 23 Sep 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The secret of enjoying Grandma's House is to let it wash over you. Every couple of minutes in the manic conversation someone, usually Liz, will come out with something that has you rolling on the floor.

And Granny - I love her to bits:

Liz: "Dad's got cancer."

Grandma: "Would anyone like a banana?"

The people who complain about Simon Amstell's acting are missing the point - he is a painful actor making a virtue out of being a painful actor.

This is great stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As a massive fan of Simon Amstell's hilariously biting, even borderline cruel (yet usually deserved) putdowns of various pop stars in his Buzzcocks career I was surprised to discover this to be such an understated, sensitive piece of work. The writing is not flawless (the odd joke falls flat or feels a little contrived) but the everyday tragedies and annoyances that beset family life have been superbly portrayed here and the acting is frankly brilliant throughout, the eponymous Grandma being a highlight with her endless attempts to diffuse tension by laying on food and drink, which no doubt struck a chord or two with many a viewer (certainly me).
Like all the best sitcoms it has gradually improved throughout the run and given the two or three series that it deserves (should the seemingly restless (if his character is anything to go by) Amstell be up for it) could develop into a classic. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Purchase went down nicely
Bought this for someone who loves SImon Amstell. Naturally he loved it which was good to hear. Never watched the show myself.
Published 12 hours ago by Regular User
4.0 out of 5 stars Builds slowly but it's really good!
After watching the first episode, I asked myself if I liked this. I wasn't sure. I watched some more and slowly I started to like it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris 315516
3.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's House
A very dysfunctional family to say the least. Simon said on Graham Norton Show it is based on his actual family, from his informative years, and his mother loves him being in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Stang
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious
I'm loving this - surprisingly feelgood despite its sometimes sad plotlines and gallows humour. I've been laughing out loud at it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mumof3darlings
5.0 out of 5 stars great quality product and great customer service, great quality...
great quality product and great customer service, great quality product and great customer service, i would shop again without hesitation
Published 15 months ago by Richard GARCIA MOURA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
Well if you find Simon Anstells comedy funny you will like this but its an aqquired taste so not to buy to try. Read more
Published 17 months ago by chelmsford1
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmas' house
Recently purchased this DVD after watching series two on tv. Excellent comedy with great lines in it. Liz is such a funny character and makes the show!
Published 22 months ago by Stu77
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great TV series can't wait for the rest of the second series. Really enjoying it and love all the characters and script.
Published 24 months ago by Random Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's House
I bought this sitcom on a whim after watching "Do Nothing," Simon's stand-up set. Simon stars as a version of himself, which gives the whole sitcom a pleasing sense of familiarity... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Mr. K. P. Hoffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon as Simon
Well I know some of the acting was a tad ham at first but actually only in the first episode, and some of the women were hilarious. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Salmac
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