Tanya: How can you lie to your mother? You came from my womb!
Simon: Yes, but...I live in Hampstead now.
Grandma's House (2010-12) is a BritishDom Com following Simon Amstell As Himself, fresh from quitting his job as host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and desperately seeking a new purpose in life. Retreating to the bosom of his family and their get-togethers in his grandma's house, he finds they are less than sympathetic when he tells them he's leaving behind fame and fortune. In turn he struggles to deal with his mother Tanya's impending marriage to a rich but deathly dull man, his sex-obsessed cousin Adam, and his death-obsessed grandfather. The first series ran from August to September 2010, and a second series is ran from April to May 2012.
Provides Examples Of:
Actor Allusion: Ben Theodore apparently won a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in an angsty stage production. As did Iwan Rheon, the actor who played him. Although the character otherwise seems to be a fairly straightforward expy of Ben Whishaw.
Speaking of Whishaw, in series two Simon gets cast as Ariel in Ben Theodore's production of The Tempest. The same role Whishaw played in the recent film.
Simon: You're OK with that? A history of alcoholism, murder and child-staining?
Belief Makes You Stupid: "We just need to treat religious people with kindness and love, in the same way you'd treat a child running around saying: I'm a helicopter!"
Combined with an element of Hypocritical Humor - as he criticises religion, Simon starts taking up New Age "Your Mind Makes It Real" beliefs, which inspire him to back the truly disasterous decision of inviting his divorced father over to his grandma's.
The Character Died with Him: Geoffrey Hutchings, who played Simon's grandpa, died after the filming for series 1 finished. In series 2, his empty armchair remains in the living room until it gets set alight by Simon's disgruntled conquest and it's heavily implied that his grandma's constant cheeriness and obsession with minutia is a way of dealing with the grief.
Comically Missing the Point: Simon writes a play in which the characters discuss a "bad egg, with a controlling yolk" who "fell on a penniless egg and killed him". Clive, who Simon sees as a Karma Houdini for getting away with running over a homeless man while drunk, isn't impressed... because he thinks the play attacks Liz.
Simon: Okay. You can do this. You're a person who can exist in real life. [acting cool and restrained] 'Hey. How are you? How funny to see you here. You okay? Hi.'
[cut to Simon walking into the living room]
Simon: BEN THEODORE?!
My Beloved Smother: Tanya and Liz are both this (and Jewish mothers to boot) to their respective sons. Slightly more justifiable in Liz's case as Adam is still a child, whereas Simon is a fully-grown adult.
No Accounting for Taste: Tanya and her plans to marry Clive, which Simon suspects have more to do with his big house and well-paid job than any actual love she may feel for him. He turns out to be right.
Self-Deprecation: In the second series, Simon is going to start acting in a play. The other characters routinely warn him that he can't act.
Shirtless Scene: Simon in his underwear at the start of the first episode of series two. He's so very thin.
Stalker with a Crush: Simon is this to Ben Theodore, the actor he follows around, convinced he's in a relationship with him.
Come season two, they actually are in a relationship. Sort of.
Stripper/Cop Confusion: It takes grandma a long time to work out that the fireman waiting patiently in the kitchen during Tanya's birthday party isn't there to check the smoke alarm.
Stylistic Suck: Simon's "abstract" play about two eggs questioning their existence.
Taking the Heat: A minor version. When Adam is discovered in the bathroom, surrounded by his late grandfather's porn mags which he'd just been masturbating to, Clive claims that they were his in order to save embarrassment for both Adam and Grandma. He says that he had been masturbating to them in the loft and that they fell through the hole in the ceiling he'd just accidentally made.
Tanya: Clive is a generous and kind man. Let him have a wank in the loft!
This Is a Work of Fiction: "Grandma's House, its storyline and all associated characters are entirely fictional. So let's not make a whole business."