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  • Actors: Simon Amstell, Linda Bassett, Rebecca Front, Samantha Spiro, Geoffrey Hutchings
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic
  • 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 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWDBYG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K Thomson on 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By thelonious on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John W. Edelman VINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2010
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 By John Davison on 23 Sept. 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pete VINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2010
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Payne on 12 Sept. 2010
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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