- Actors: Simon Amstell, Linda Bassett, Rebecca Front, Samantha Spiro, Geoffrey Hutchings
- Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 2entertain
- DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 2010
- Run Time: 170 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- ASIN: B003VWDBYG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Grandma's House - Series 1 
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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.
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Particular note must be given to the sheer quality of the cast, who excel. Simon himself is more wooden than a forest, but who cares? James Smith's portrayal of the mercurial Clive is of particular note.
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.
I found the whole thing superb, realistic and a great relief from the usual drivel that passes as comic sit coms on TV. Razer sharp wit, fantastic characterization and so fresh and alive.
Simon is really himself and as entertainingly brilliant as ever. I think some people just don't get how talented and intelligent he and his writing is.
I hope there is more to come, have not enjoyed anything so much since Roger and Val have just got in, this is what we need more of, believable sit coms not cheesy formulaic drivel with canned laughter to indicate where the so called funny lines are.
More Simon, more!!!!
It really is quite an interesting sitcom, and I've heard that a second series is being shot.
The actors in it Simon himself, Samantha Spiro, Rebecca Front, and Geoffery Hutchings (who sadly passed on recently) all put in fantastically subdued performances, lending the series a feel reminiscent of the Royle Family. A familiarity sorely missing from the many sitcoms.
Overall. Buy this. You will not regret it.
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.
I can imagine a lot of people wouldnt like it ...................if you like things like the popular "My Family" with its obvious hit you in the face jokes I doubt this is for you.
At the end of the day a review of comedy is so personal that it has little relevance,I tend to like things like Lead Balloon and the great Getting On with Jo Brand neither of which have mass appeal.
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