Grandma’s House

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 10.05pm, ABC2 A sec­ond sea­son of this cu­ri­ous black com­edy be­gins for Si­mon Am­stell, pre­sen­ter of Bri­tish pop quiz show Never Mind the Buz­zcocks. He plays a ver­sion of him­self, a TV pre­sen­ter who quits his job to do some­thing more mean­ing­ful with his life. In this sea­son, as in the first, in each episode Si­mon and his fam­ily meet at Grandma’s to catch up. As in The Royle Fam­ily, the en­ter­tain­ment comes from bulls­eye de­pic­tions of the daft an­tics of or­di­nary Brits. The tongue-wreck­ing ti­tle of this de­but episode is: The Day Si­mon Of­fi­cially Be­came A Very Good and To­tally Em­ploy­able Ac­tor. Closer to real life than ever. If Woody Allen had been born in Clapham 40 years later, he prob­a­bly would have been knock­ing out tele­vi­sion like this to­day.

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