Known for his scathing tongue and impeccable wit, funny man, Simon Amstell, left a massive void in the TV world when he retired as host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
Since then we’ve heard very little from the 31 year old comedian. But before you start Amstell’s taken to a life of reclusion, he’s actually been writing a new sitcom with long term collaborator, Dan Swimer.
The series stars Simon Amstell, as a TV presenter, who has recently quit his job as host of a games show. Each episode centres around the weekly family get together at Grandma’s house, where the family quiz and interrogate Simon on the direction in which his life is leading.
Now before you go thinking this all sounds a tad too familiar, Amstell is well aware his new sitcom is centred in reality and thinks this gives the sitcom a certain intrigue:
“It’s more interesting for the audience, too. They’re curious about how close the character is to the actor – ‘what’s he revealing about himself here?’ That gives it another level for the audience that wouldn’t be there if we just called him ‘Tony Anxious Man’.”
The show is already blessed with a fantastic cast, starring Rebecca Front as Simon’s mother and Linda Bassett as the all seeing, all knowing Grandma.
The comedy starts its 6 episode run tonight at 10pm on BBC Two.