Miranda. Image shows from L to R: Gary (Tom Ellis), Penny (Patricia Hodge), Miranda (Miranda Hart), Stevie (Sarah Hadland), Clive (James Holmes). Copyright: BBC.


BBC One and BBC Two sitcom starring Miranda Hart. 22 episodes (3 series), 2009 - 2015. Stars Miranda Hart, Sarah Hadland, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis and others.

Series 1, Episode 4 - Holiday

Miranda decides she needs to be a bit reckless and wild and so decides to book a holiday at the local hotel down the road.

Further details

After a spot of duck versus caterpillar racing in the shop, and telling a customer that she and Gary have two little boys with two little toys, named Cliff and Richard, Miranda realises she needs to be a bit reckless and wild.

She's young, free and happily single, after all, so why not book a spontaneous short break to Thailand? That's the Thailand down the road, in the shape of her local hotel, Hamilton Lodge - the definite perks being no travel, no language barrier and, most importantly, no sand/towel/lolly/wasp scenarios to deal with.

After 26 hours at the hotel Miranda has done everything - she's had six baths; eaten every room service meal; pressed every pair of trousers she owns; mistakenly ordered an overly familiar escort; and reached verbal diarrhoea levels with the young porter. Her trip away reaches an even weirder level when she's mistaken for the hotel's visiting seminar leader.

When Gary works out where Miranda actually is he turns up at her room. A regally drunk Miranda suggests that to prove the ease of their friendship they should just sleep together, before promptly passing out.

On returning from her spontaneous holiday, Miranda defends her choice of location to her disapproving friends and mother - what's not wild about getting drunk, ordering an escort, making new friends, running a seminar and jumping out of a window?

Broadcast details

Monday 30th November 2009
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Miranda Hart Miranda
Sarah Hadland Stevie
Patricia Hodge Penny
Tom Ellis Gary
James Holmes Clive
Guest cast
Dave Lamb Colin
Luke Pasqualino Jason (Hotel Staff)
Katherine Jakeways Amanda Barnes
Ewen MacIntosh Taxi Driver
Ben Bailey Smith (as Doc Brown) Hotel Receptionist
Martin Behrman Actor
Writing team
Miranda Hart Writer
Richard Hurst Writer
James Cary Writer
Paul Kerensa Writer (Additional Material)
Paul Mayhew-Archer Script Editor
Production team
Juliet May Director
Nerys Evans Producer
Jo Sargent Executive Producer


Don't Play With The Toys!

Gary and Miranda play with the toys in the shop and end up having to lie to a customer.

Featuring: Miranda Hart (Miranda), Sarah Hadland (Stevie), Tom Ellis (Gary).


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