Miranda Hart announces fitness DVD

Published October 2013

Miranda Hart's Maracattack. Miranda Hart. A new fitness DVD starring Miranda Hart has been announced.

Miranda Hart's Maracattack is described as "an authentic fitness routine but one that is wholly unique, and skilfully combines exercise and comedy".

Released by BBC Worldwide, the DVD will feature workouts as well as sketches starring the cast of Hart's hit sitcom, Miranda. The product, which will also be available to download in digital format, is set to be released in November.

The comedy star says: "Maracattack is based on one key concept. Fun. For fitness should be fun. Bear with as I coin a compound word - Funness. You will want to exercise. It's about playing, not 'working out' and play helps your body, but also frees your mind. Without giving too much away, it involves maracas, classic pop tunes, and is as much fun as a riotous camp, cheesy disco. There is no need to dread the gym anymore."

Miranda's co-host is fitness expert Amelia Watts. The DVD includes a warm-up, 20-minute cardio session, a 5-minute high intensity cardio routine and 10-minute strength exercises for arms, core, legs and bums. During each workout Miranda and Amelia work at different levels, so viewers can follow either depending on their own ability. Hart's fellow sitcom stars Sarah Hadland and Tom Ellis also join her for some of the workouts, which are conducted to music from the likes of Kylie, Take That and The Monkees.

Inbetween the fitness programmes, the DVD also presents brand new sketches featuring Miranda stars Patricia Hodge, Sarah Hadland and Tom Ellis. There is also a guest appearance from property presenter Kirstie Allsopp.

The BBC says: "With Maracattack, Miranda has created a great comedy DVD as well as a new exercise concept that is perfect for those new to fitness or for those with more experience. It's the new craze waiting to happen."

Fiona Eastwood, from BBC Worldwide, adds: "We are thrilled that Miranda has chosen to release her first comedy fitness DVD with us. This will be the perfect Christmas gift for Miranda's many fans, whilst also providing a great workout for those who have never considered using a keep-fit DVD before."

Miranda Hart's Maracattack will be released on 18th November 2013, with a recommended retail price of £19.99. Pre-orders are now being taken

A fourth series of Miranda is expected, however not for a while as the star is first due to embark on an arena stand-up tour in 2014.

 
Hypnotic prank show pilot

Hypnotic prank show pilot

Channel 4 has ordered Look Into My Eyes, a comedic prank show starring 21 year-old hypnotist Archie Manners. Read

Shirley Ghostman is back

Shirley Ghostman is back

Marc Wootton is bringing back his psychic character Shirley Ghostman for two live shows this October. Read

Audible creates 5 sitcoms

Audible creates 5 sitcoms

Audible, the company that sells audio downloads, has produced five British sitcom pilots for free. Read

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Here's a new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about the art of sitcom writing. Listen

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read