Miranda. Miranda (Miranda Hart). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Christmas special planned for end of 2014

Miranda

Christmas special planned for end of 2014.

Hit sitcom starring Miranda Hart as a woman desperate to fit into society and find a man. She runs a joke shop with childhood friend Stevie

AKA:
Miranda Hart's Joke Shop; Miranda Hart's Sitcom (Working Titles)
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2009 - 2013  (BBC One / BBC Two)
Episodes:
18 (3 series)
Starring:
Miranda Hart, Sarah Hadland, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis, Sally Phillips, Bo Poraj, Naomi Bentley, James Holmes
Writers:
Miranda Hart, Richard Hurst, Paul Kerensa, James Cary, Georgia Pritchett, Paul Powell
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Miranda is desperate to fit in, but can't. Her public school background and posh accent make her a misfit down the pub. She has never fitted in with 'the girls' (not least because she's a foot taller than them) and due to years of agoraphobic tendencies she doesn't know how to behave socially or how to avoid embarrassment, especially around men.

She's a constant disappointment to her mother Penny, who's desperate for her to get a proper job, or even better, a husband, but Miranda's happiest playing with and making up silly games in her joke shop.

Lacking any real capacity for business, Miranda employs her childhood friend Stevie to manage the shop. Stevie tries to run the business like she's competing to be Alan Sugar's apprentice, but her principal task is keeping Miranda's childish absurdities under control.

It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life - be it dating, joining the gym, or dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat - literally. She can never seem to leave a room without knocking something over.

Series 3: Picking up where the last series left off, Miranda and Gary have agreed to be 'just good friends' and so future episodes find Miranda determined to get herself a new man to obsess over and keep her mother, Penny off her back.

Will Miranda and Stevie ever be responsible enough to make a real success of the shop? Will Miranda ever attract a man? Will Miranda and Gary finally get together or will they find new love interests and go their separate ways?

Miranda Hart says: "The first two episodes are quite slow moving establishers compared with previous series and they set up what happens from Episode 3 onwards. There are two new regular characters, quite a few kisses, a couple of celebrity cameos. And that's all I am saying!"

Our Review: This comedy started life on Radio 2 in 2007. With Hart's strong screen presence we always thought it would work better on TV, and we've not been disappointed. Miranda is a certified hit - actually, a massive massive hit. 9 million viewers watched the first episode of Series 3, and the show was the most watched programme over Christmas, it even beat heavyweights like EastEnders and Downtown Abbey in the ratings.

The only criticism we have is that the 'joke shop' barely resembles one at all - despite being perfect in the non-broadcast pilot, by the series proper it resembled more a novelty boutique. Nevertheless, it is a great fun little series throughout.

The 'old skool' style isn't going to be for everyone, but we're loving the little nods towards traditional audience sitcoms, such as the Are You Being Served? and Dad's Army style "You have been watching..." closing title sequences. A nice touch for those who make the connection.

The last series ended on a cliffhanger... so we're sure it won't be long before a fourth series is announced. Like the last, we may have to wait for a while for it to appear though. Hart is very busy with other commitments (Call The Midwife, a second book and stand-up tour booked) and this sitcom takes a long time to write and produce. Watch this space.