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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 2009 - 2015
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

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. Stars Miranda Hart, Sarah Hadland, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis, Sally Phillips and more.

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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.

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 8th December 2009 10:00pm BBC2
Tuesday 27th July 2010 10:00pm BBC2
Friday 22nd July 2011 9:30pm BBC1
Sunday 24th July 2011 11:25pm BBC1 Scot
Friday 14th September 2012 8:30pm BBC1
Wednesday 17th April 2013 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 18th April 2013 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 27th April 2013 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 28th April 2013 7:40pm Gold
Wednesday 26th June 2013 10:20pm Gold
Thursday 27th June 2013 8:20pm Gold
Friday 28th June 2013 9:00pm BBC1
Thursday 29th August 2013 10:00pm Gold
Friday 30th August 2013 6:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th November 2013 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 20th November 2013 8:20pm Gold
Monday 30th December 2013 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 31st December 2013 12:20am Gold
Monday 17th February 2014 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 16th April 2014 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 17th April 2014 4:15pm Gold
Monday 9th June 2014 8:00pm Gold
Tuesday 10th June 2014 7:00pm Gold
Tuesday 14th October 2014 8:40pm Gold
Wednesday 15th October 2014 6:40pm Gold
Thursday 27th November 2014 9:20pm Gold
Friday 28th November 2014 7:20pm Gold
Wednesday 31st December 2014 6:05pm Gold
Thursday 1st January 2015 10:40am Gold
Wednesday 26th August 2015 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 28th January 2016 10:00pm Gold
Friday 29th January 2016 1:50am Gold
Sunday 8th May 2016 9:40pm Gold
Monday 9th May 2016 7:40pm Gold
Wednesday 1st June 2016 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 2nd June 2016 8:20pm Gold
Monday 18th July 2016 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th July 2016 8:40pm Gold
Saturday 3rd September 2016 8:20pm Gold
Monday 12th June 2017 10:00pm W
Sunday 22nd October 2017 6:40pm W
Sunday 13th May 2018 8:20am Gold
Saturday 16th June 2018 9:40am Gold
Saturday 21st July 2018 8:50am Gold
Sunday 22nd July 2018 2:40pm W
Monday 23rd July 2018 2:05am W
Saturday 25th May 2019 9:00am Gold
Sunday 26th May 2019 8:05am Gold
Friday 28th June 2019 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 29th June 2019 11:30am Gold
Saturday 20th July 2019 10:40am Gold
Sunday 21st July 2019 8:40am Gold
Saturday 27th July 2019 9:40pm W
Sunday 28th July 2019 7:40pm W
Saturday 21st November 2020 7:40pm W
Sunday 22nd November 2020 6:40pm W
Sunday 14th March 2021 8:15am Gold
Friday 4th June 2021 10:40pm W
Saturday 5th June 2021 8:40pm W
Sunday 18th July 2021 10:15am Gold
Saturday 25th September 2021 7:40pm W
Sunday 26th September 2021 5:40pm W
Friday 7th January 2022 8:40pm Gold
Saturday 8th January 2022 10:15am Gold
Friday 25th February 2022 10:40pm W
Saturday 26th February 2022 9:40pm W
Friday 1st July 2022 10:40pm W
Saturday 2nd July 2022 9:40pm W
Wednesday 10th August 2022 8:00pm Gold
Wednesday 10th August 2022 11:35pm Gold
Saturday 24th September 2022 10:05am Gold
Saturday 26th November 2022 10:00pm Gold
Friday 13th January 2023 10:40pm W
Saturday 14th January 2023 9:40pm W
Monday 20th February 2023 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 21st February 2023 7:20pm Gold
Sunday 9th July 2023 5:40pm W
Friday 11th August 2023 8:40pm Gold
Saturday 19th August 2023 8:40pm W
Sunday 20th August 2023 5:40pm W
Sunday 1st October 2023 5:40pm W
Saturday 11th November 2023 7:40pm W
Sunday 12th November 2023 5:40pm W
Saturday 13th January 2024 7:40pm W
Sunday 14th January 2024 5:50pm W
Saturday 24th February 2024 7:40pm W
Sunday 25th February 2024 5:40pm W
Saturday 6th April 2024 7:40pm W
Sunday 7th April 2024 5:40pm W

Cast & crew

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
Jake Bernard Editor
Harry Banks Production Designer


Miranda - Smooth Operator

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

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

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