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 5 - Excuse

Penny decides to throw a Pride And Prejudice party in a bid to introduce Miranda to some eligible young men.

Further details

After a mortifying wedding experience when the bride just passed Miranda the bouquet, her mother, Penny, is determined to find her daughter a husband. She decides to throw a Pride And Prejudice party in a bid to introduce Miranda to some eligible young men.

In a panicked attempt to get out of going to the party, Miranda gives her mother a number of increasingly bizarre excuses, but Penny is having none of it and insists that the party is happening, regardless.

When Tilly introduces her to "dream boat Charlie", Miranda realises that, despite her hatred of being set up, this could well be her lucky escape from going to the party. Their date at Gary's restaurant starts with Charlie telling her that his nickname comes from an experience he had on a floating brothel and that he likes Miranda because she looks like she could beat him in a fight. The date ends when Miranda throws a glass of wine over herself in an attempt to make a quick exit.

In a last-ditch attempt to stop the party from happening, Miranda announces to her mother that she's a lesbian, much to Penny's delight, who admits she always had her suspicions and understands fully the "lure of the lily". The party is changed to a Tipping The Velvet-themed "coming out" party where Miranda meets someone who could well be the man of her dreams - if only it wasn't for one small problem...

Broadcast details

Monday 7th December 2009
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Miranda Hart Miranda
Sarah Hadland Stevie
Patricia Hodge Penny
Tom Ellis Gary
Sally Phillips Tilly
James Holmes Clive
Guest cast
Adrian Scarborough Charlie
James Bachman Quentin
Dominic Coleman Customer
Alex Hassell Edmund Dettori
Sarah Flower Yoga Instructor
Tom Meeten High-Pitched Voiced Man in Club
Writing team
Miranda Hart 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


Miranda - Smooth Operator

Penny announces she is hosting a themed party. Miranda has to come up with an excuse quite quickly.

Featuring: Miranda Hart (Miranda), Sarah Hadland (Stevie), Patricia Hodge (Penny).


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