BBC2 Announces New Simon Amstell Comedy
Simon Amstell is to make his writing and acting debut for Grandma’s House, a new sitcom for BBC Two, it was announced today.
Simon has penned the series with Dan Swimer who he previously worked with on PopWorld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
The six x 30-minute series commissioned from Tiger Aspect will start filming in Feburary and transmit later in the year.
Inspired by Simon Amstell’s own life, each episode we return to see his family at his Grandma’s House in Essex.
Simon will be joined by a fantastic ensemble cast including: Linda Bassett as Grandma (East Is East, Larkrise To Candleford, Sense And Sensibility), Geoffrey Hutchings (Benidorm, Sunshine) as Grandpa, Rebecca Front (Nighty Night, The Day Today) as Mum and Nicola Walker (Spooks, People Like Us) as Auntie Liz.
Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two, said: “Simon Amstell is a great comic talent and I am looking forward to his venture into sitcom.
“The script is very funny and I can’t wait to see it brought to life on BBC Two.”
Producer Ben Cavey added: “Simon and Dan have brought their razor-sharp wit to the family sitcom genre and the script is an absolutely modern take on family.”
The series was commissioned by Janice Hadlow and BBC Comedy Commissioning.
The show will be produced by Ben Cavey and executive produced by Sophie Clarke-Jervoise for Tiger Aspect and by Simon Lupton for the BBC. The show will be script edited by Jeremy Dyson .