This was amusing to hear but it was even obvious back then that Hart's wonderful visual humour - including her asides to the audience - meant she belonged on the small screen.Lisa Martland, The Stage, 13th October 2011
Miranda Hart's Joke Shop is likeably silly, the maladroit heroine engagingly self-destructing.Martin Hoyle, The Financial Times, 30th August 2008
Miranda Hart is shaping up as the Big Lady of the future. If Dawn French built a career out of being hefty without mentioning it, and Jo Brand did it by mentioning it incessantly, Hart's new sitcom (so much a trailer for a TV version that they are already filming the TV version) trades on her not only being big, but very tall and extremely posh. And frequently taken for a man. She has never had sex (a consignment of chocolate penises comes into the shop.
They're very lifelike, she says.
No they're not, says her waspish co-owner). She has terrible chat-up lines:
I weighed my breasts. They cost £1.48 to post, and you'd have to use Parcel Force. She's terrific. Wasted on TV.