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December 21, 2012

Simon Amstell confirms that 'Grandma's House' is over

Comedian says he has no plans to make a third series of his acclaimed BBC Two sitcom

Simon Amstell confirms that 'Grandma's House' is over

Simon Amstell has revealed that he has no plans to make a third series of Grandma's House.

The comedian starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the BBC Two sitcom, which he created and co-wrote with Dan Swimer. When the first series aired in 2010, Amstell's acting abilities were called in question, but many critics felt that Grandma's House hit its stride during series two, which was broadcast earlier this year (2012).

However, Amstell has now insisted that the show has run its course. When asked by BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw about the possibility of new episodes, he replied: "No… We felt we'd written all the pain out of us. It would be sort of gratuitous to keep going."

Amstell, who previously gave up lucrative presenting jobs on Popworld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, also admitted that he has a perpetual fear of overstaying his welcome. He explained: "I sort of leave things once I know how to do them and they've become good, which is upsetting I think for the public because it would be nice if I could just keep [going]. 'I worry, 'Right, they've started liking this; let's get out of here before it turns to hate!'"

However, Amstell will soon be returning to TV for a one-off stand-up special called Numb: Simon Amstell Live At The BBC. It airs on BBC Four at 9.30pm on New Year's Eve.

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