“ Broadcaster: BBC2 / Genre: Comedy „
Miranda is one of those clumsy people that gets herself in some difficult positions in life and either ends up dancing, singing or falling over to get herself out of it. In short, she is me.
The series is based on her running a joke shop and her relationships with her family and friends. There is also a bit of romance potential in the form of Gary, (swoon!) who is the chef in the restaurant next door. Each character have their own little quirks about them. "Bear with" is now a firm favourite in our household and also "Such fun!" which is a catchphrase from "what I call" her Mother. (You need to see at least one episode of it for any of that to have made sense to you I appreciate.)
It is completely hilarious from start to finish if you like the type of humour that Miranda Hart has to offer. If you don't get "into it" in the first minute then it's not for you and you may as well switch it off. I love that she talks to the viewer throughout the show without the other characters knowing. She often refers to her life being a farce which is exactly what this series is. Yes it may seem old-fashioned humour to some but I quite like a bit of TV every now and again that requires no brain power to sit down and enjoy.
I would whole-heartedly recommend it to my friends and family purely because then they would know I wasn't the only person in this world with a strange way of social interaction. Certainly a 5 star series in my book. (Oh yes, book, she's written one of those too which I am mid-way through reading ~ review to follow.)
Everyone knows that clumsy person who trips over everything, and breaks everything in their path. Or have been in that situation and said the most inappropriat thing by accident. Well, that about sums up Miranda. It is a unique and hilarious comedy that guarantees you will be laughing in the first minute. Miranda Hart wrote the script herself as well as starring as the main character, often doing unflattering things just for out entertainment - it's great !!
There is also a love interest between Miranda and the cook next door to her little shop, which makes it irrestistably addictive and not to mention cringey at times! Her mother is a strong character, who always says the wrong part of a gossip sentence quietly , which has a funny effect !
Miranda Hard is a comical genius and a brilliant actress - Miranda is quality tv and everyone should buythe series immediately - you won't regret it !!!!!
Situation and insult comedy rule Great Britain and the rulers exchanging at the thrones are Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rik Mayall and the rest of the '90s comedy generation. Recently, among them there is a "new" face, this years three time BAFTA award winner for bringing character comedy to BBC. Nobody is as charming and funny as Miranda Hart while stumbling or falling into an open grave.
"Miranda" (2009.-) tv series,comedy
Tom Ellis...........Gary Preston
In a series named after her Miranda Hart plays a hyperactive version of herself. She is a bit childish but very witty while dealing with everyday situations that not always, if ever, turn out the way they're supposed to. She owns a joke shop, managed by her goofy best friend Stevie. Sarah Hadland is great in trying to insult Miranda with an "are we?" in almost every sentence and her "I'm a blonde" kind of lines are just plain silly funny.
"As they say, strike while the iron is hot, and as I say- iron while the iron's hot too"
Now, the real troublemaker is Miranda's mother Penny, played by Patricia Hodge, who wants to marry her daughter even if it's the last thing she does. The way she talks to Miranda is funny in a painfull and bitter way.
"What are you doing throwing out men? Beggars can't be choosers. Actually, you could consider a beggar. Obviously, there's the smell, but they'll get used to it"
That "hellish" mother could make you think of joining a convent the moment you learn to walk.
A friend from boarding school named Tilly calls Miranda Queen Kong. That's about enough to strangle Sally Phillips to death each time she enters the scene with "Hello, peeps", playing an annoying friend you just love to hate.
Think being an unmarried klutz with an obsessed mother and two shallow blond friends is enough? Think again.
Now, there's this guy. There's always a guy but Tom Ellis playing Gary will make you either blush or do that stupid "aaaaawww" thing every time you see him. So, he's a chef, a kind of "read me the menu and make all the dishes...slowly" chef. He's Miranda's friend, the sole object of her shy but deep affections and the biggest cause of her stumbling and generally embarrassing herself on a regular basis. He's into her but then he seems not to be. He does something stupid but a second later he does something "aaaaww"-ish. He knows Miranda is shy (the boarding school is to be blamed) but he pushes her buttons. Makes you want to scream: "Kiss the girl already, will ya?!". Then again, he's an alpha male who squeaks after wooing Miranda....
Still, I don't think there is a first kiss (and all that jazz) more expected by the fans and the viewers. So, it's actually great to see Miranda and Gary play hot and cold (no, I'm not a Katy Perry fan).
Without swearing and reading between the lines can make "Miranda" bloodless opposed to the other comedy series but it's just the opposite.
Miranda Hart brings back what's important about comedies and that's the humor, no luggage attached, pure and simple - like riding two yoga balls at the gym (don't try it if you're a rooky). Still, that doesn't mean the script has only skin deep quality. Because, until Gary ripps off his chef shirt off and skips the bar to kiss Miranda (I know, I'm busted) the fans will chant her best line:
" I don't know who Saint Valentine was but I hope he died alone, surrounded by couples".
Those kind of lines make it clear that a joke doesn't need to be insulting or socially improper to make you laugh.
Just like Miranda, the rest of the characters are equally witty so, as Miranda's falling down all over the place, their lines make a good balance to her stunts.
For example, when Clive the waiter, played by James Holmes, tells Miranda:
"Every time Gary shows up in chef gear you practically fall off the stool", Miranda answers a very irritated: "I do not" but then Gary walks in and there's a giggle and a thump. Oh, my!
What else? Oh yeah, a warning.
After half an hour of laughter per episode ( I think that's how I got my abs), you might catch yourself stealing a phrase from Miranda's mother, going arround the house saying "Such fun!". Or calling your embarrassing situations "a Miranda moment".
After two succesfull seasons released in 2009. and last years fans are eagerly waiting for the third one. It was said that season three might come out in 2012., but lately there's a rumor that the date is set someday this November.
Need offical recomendations to watch Miranda? Let's just say that being a narrator and adressing the viewers, doing it great along the way, was something Gorden Kaye last did as Rene Artois in 'Alo,'alo so that is something retro yet new. And another thing- the comedy goddesess duo French and Saunders gave Miranda Hart the role of the director Phyllida Lloyd in the "Mamma mia" parody and an episode role in the "The Vicar of Dibley". Now, that's got to count for something.
Miranda Hart is childish but charming, clumsy but charismatic, smart but tacktless and most of all funny in an old-fashioned way. Like that falling of the stool joke.
Now, don't tell me you didn't at least giggle to that.
As Alan Partridge kept asking the head of BBC light entertainment: 'have I got a second series!', and for Miranda Hart, the star of this warm and likeable sitcom, the answer should be yes, if she hasn't already been told.
Hart starred in a really funny little Sci-Fi comedy called Hyperdrive back in 2006, but the BBC abandoned it after only two series. It got stick from the Sci-Fi crowd because of its sitcom feel and the feeling that Red Dwarf was sacrificed for the wider appeal of this. Although Kevin Eldon, Dan Antopolski and Nick Frost were great in it and the humour certainly anything but base or puerile, Hart was the star as gauche science officer Teal and she deserved better than that. As it turned out, it proved to be a great 'space' vehicle for Hart and earned the awkward 6ft, 1 inch actress her own BBC sitcom, and of the same name, showing what the BBC think of the first really funny stand out girl to come along for quite a while on that particular station. The BBC said what do you want to do and she said her own show, which she wrote and part produced, her solid comic turn in 'Not Going Out' showing the BBC she had the comedy legs for the task.
Hart quickly owns up to this show being partly autobiographical, the life and times of a scatty and awkward public school singleton who cant get a man nothing new, of course, the added cliché of her pushy mom, being played by the excellent Patricia Hodge, finding a man for her steering this into well-trodden sitcom ground. But the show is different and great to see a new comic talent emerging and so it gets my attention.
Miranda Hart ... Miranda (6 episodes, 2009)
Tom Ellis ... Gary Preston (6 episodes, 2009)
Patricia Hodge ... Penny (6 episodes, 2009)
Sarah Hadland ... Stevie (6 episodes, 2009)
James Holmes ... Clive (6 episodes, 2009)
Sally Phillips ... Tilly (4 episodes, 2009)
Miranda is tall and gets called 'Sir' once too often because of her awkard lumbering frame and tomboy looks. Since attending boarding school, she has never really fitted in with girls and social situations are awkward. Shes rubbish with men. She is a constant disappointment to mother Penny (Patricia Hodge), who is desperate for her to get a proper job and a husband. Miranda lives above a joke shop that she also owns and works at, but lacks any real business sense so its managed by her childhood friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland), older, wiser and much cuter. We disocover the restaurant next door is run by chef Gary (Tom Ellis), an attractive university friend whom Miranda is still crazy about but he way out of her league.
The Opening episode ' Date', sees Miranda at the next door resturant where she is at a reunion dinner with her public school chum Tilly (Sally Phillips), where she discovers Gary. Gary and Miranda agree to go on a catch up date, which Miranda soon misinterpretates, as the one-way infatuation begins. The next day Tilly persuades her to try on wedding dresses, which makes mum Penny faint in disbelief that her daughter could even get close to marriage.
In 'Teachers' Miranda goes for her second option and agrees to be Garys 'safety wife'. The two jokingly agreeing to marry in two years time if they are both still single. Miranda decides to take French lesson so to appear more sophisticated to the mem mom wants her to meet. But her class is run by her ex high school teacher Mr Clayton (an excellent cameo by Peter Davidson), who soon takes a shine to sexy stevie. Miranda also joins a Tango class, another 'moment' with Gary wasted.
Mirandas career pattern is still unknown and she has to cover up that failure by always bragging to her old school friends that she has a great job. Her chosen career change this time is to waitress in Garys resturant, for obvious reasons, which backfires when those school friends who think Miranda works in television book the resturant. Miranda wiggles her way out of the embarassment by claiming shes in the forces, Gary coming to her rescue once again.
Miranda, embracing the fact she's still young free and single, decides to take a spontaneous holiday to impress her friends and nagging mother, but only to the hotel across the road, which she obviously doesn't tell anyone about. But she's a surprise hit, suffering a mistaken identity, now the star of the hotel conference on timeshare no less, making friends with the cute bell boy in the process. But in the morning she has to deliver the keynote speech after her drunken antics the night before to a packed and expectant conference hall.
After attending a wedding, Penny decides to hold a Pride and Prejudice-themed party to set Miranda up with a handsome city type friend of hers. But the party's cancelled when Miranda's school friend Tilly sets her up with an army doctor friend instead and so the party's back on. To avoid being set up by her mother, Miranda decides to tell her she is a lesbian and the party is changed to a 'Tipping the Velvet'-themed coming out party.
When a handsome well to do man leaves his wallet in the shop, Miranda and Stevie compete against each other to see who he would prefer to take out to dinner. To prove she can handle a tricky social situation, Miranda accepts an invitation to the Henley Regatta with her school chums, who ask her not to embarrass them. Stevie decides to buy a dog to impress the wallet man when he returns. Meanwhile, Gary has been offered a job in Hong Kong and Miranda fails to ask him to stay after waiter Clive (James Holmes) tells her that Gary appears to be waiting for her to ask him to.
There's no doubt that if ITV had done this it would have been yet another terrible sitcom from that deadbeat station and never to be seen again. That may well be the case for this as far as re-commissioning goes but it's not that bad guys. Hart and co are definitely playing on that old fashioned 70s style ITV cliché here by casting the likes of sitcom diva Patricia Hodge as the pushy mother-in-law, Harts ironic sense of humour clearly running through this in all facets, really enjoying sending up the era with her sets and jokes.
Miranda is a very warm comedy half-hour like we haven't seen for a while, the star revelling in turning to camera and involving the audience with a cheeky smile or direct address or to keep us giggling, her opening catch up narration also good fun. There's something very likeable about Harts vulnerability that draws you into her comedy and more than hint of Joyce Grenfell about her. The supporting cast are not in her league but do their best and the scripts are traditional farce so to allow general silliness and frivolity, oh where's your trousers vicar stuff... You understand from episode one that Hart and not the situation are the comedy here as she joyously flaffs and flap's around the screen in her own little fairytale comedy heaven here. And in a time of dreadfully safe and patronising working-class sitcoms like the idiot proof Gavin & Stacey and the rather puerile Royal Family it's nice to know there is still some originality in the genre coming through. Miranda Hart is the new generation Victoria Wood and thank gawd for that!
Miranda was a comedy shown on BBC2 on Monday evenings at 8pm, in many ways its a throwback to the old fashioned sitcoms of the seventies and the eighties in the sense that it is based around the adventures of one character, there is canned laughter and it has a quaint old worldly style to it.
I have to be honest, I am a huge fan of Not Going Out a comedy in which the star of this show Miranda Hart, plays a clumsy cleaner, I always found her performances an acquired taste and one of the weaker elements of the show, from that she has somehow got her own show and in many ways I am still torn, at times I like the old fashioned style of the piece but mostly I find it to be a weak under-developed comedy which shows the lack of real comedic talent being given a chance in favour of stuff like this.
The comedy follows Miranda as she runs a bric a brac shop, she works with her best friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland), worries about how her mum (Patricia Hodge) views her and has a crush on her friend Gary (Tom Ellis).
Overall, the show is pretty weak, the acting is fair to middling, Miranda is quirky but the material is about 20 years out of date, with this and the appalling Big Top, the BBC seems to be reverting to weak comedy over experimental new stuff, the show lacks a spark, its jokes are generally weak or repetitive and the laughter track is incredibly annoying.
This show offers about 3 laughs an episode which is less than I sometimes get watching people on the train in the evening.
I do understand why some people like this but I much prefer something a bit sparkier with darker humour and more intelligence, this is mild, easy and annoying.
Miranda is a "what I call sitcom" currently being aired on BBC2, Monday evenings at 8.30 pm. The show features Miranda Hart in the title role who will be familiar to anyone who watched Not Going Out before it was cruelly axed or the failed Red Dwarf clone, Hyperdrive, which had a few funny moments but was otherwise dire! Playing an over exaggerated version of herself, Miranda has succeeded in creating what is basically a tribute to some of the funniest sitcoms from yesteryear with very traditional humour that includes a liberal scattering of slap-stick and plenty of not-so-subtle nods at the camera.
Miranda is a thirty-something single white female who is tall, cumbersome and very occasionally mistaken for a man! Not known for her grace or agility, she runs a joke shop with best mate and business partner, Stevie and has designs on a chef, Gary, who works in the local bar next door. Unfortunately circumstances and misfortune keep getting in the way of any chance of romance and then there is her over-bearing mother ("such fun!") who is determined to see her settled with any number of potential suitors. Add in a couple of scatter-brained public school friends and what you are left with is a recipe for a great little comedy that has proved wonderfully entertaining these last few weeks and will hopefully be returning in the new year for a second (and longer) series!!!
Each episode centres around yet another increasingly more bizarre and hilarious set of circumstances that have included Miranda being taken out with her two school friends to try on wedding dresses; Miranda pretending to go abroad on a spontaneous holiday to impress her peers but instead simply booking herself in at a hotel just around the corner and Miranda trying vainly to find an excuse not to go to another of her mother's literary themed parties in which she knows her mum will try and pair her up!
Each week, the show begins with a recap ~ not with events from the previous week but with highlights from her life not seen before that have relevance in some way to events in the episode. This can be a tad confusing at the outset as, for the first few shows, I wondered if I had missed out on some of the series without realising or that the series was being shown out of sequence (as BBC has done before with shows like The X-files where continuity was very important!) but once you get used to this oddity, it becomes a clever touch with Miranda directly talking to the audience as though they were there in the same room. Another thing that I REALLY like is the way that, at the end of each episode, the phrase "You have been watching..." comes up at the bottom of the screen followed by each of the cast in turn in a very nice retrospective nod to traditional British comedies such as Dad's Army and Hi-De-Hi which all used to end in this manner! For me, this is just the icing on the cake for one of the funniest sitcoms to emerge in years not just from the BBC but at all!
Each week, as I start watching the show, I find myself wondering at why I like this sitcom so very much. But by the time the end credits start rolling, invariably I find myself wiping tears of laughter from my eyes and my sides splitting from laughing so much! The laughs always seem to start slowly at first but, like a snowball rolling down a hill, gather more momentum as the half-hour episode unfolds until much hilarity ensues. The last show to make me laugh so much was fellow BBC2 comedy, Lab Rats, on earlier this year, which has unfortunately not been recommissioned! I only hope that the same does not happen to Miranda as to not bring this back would be absolutely criminal!
The supporting cast are simply inspired choices too and include Tom Ellis who played a Doctor in Eastenders for a short while and who makes an excellent straight manhere as Gary; Sally Phillips, a veteran of the comedy circuit who has appeared in shows such as Green Wing and sketch show, Smack The Pony amongst others; Patrica Hodge who really is the most annoying mother ever created in a sitcom and Sarah Hadland playing Stevie who will also be familiar to comedy fans.
Could there be a better British comedy than this? Right now that seems doubtful! It's not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvement but this is a show that deserves to grow and grow and grow and is the best thing that Miranda Hart has yet to star in!
Yet another great comedy programme to come from the BBC that they decide to show it on there not so mainstream channel this is going to go from stength to strength and will be like all the other great shows , and will eventually appear on BBC1 sooner or later just like , Little Britain , AbFab, and gavin and stacy.
Miranda , is a hapless character that seems to always, no matter what she does fall flat on her face but during the course of doing so she will make you split your side laughing she is running a so called funny joke shop (that she bought with her inheretance) with her mate stevie played by Sarah Hadland, this in itself is a mighty task she can not do without some kind of comical mishap, Her friend Gary preston , played by Tom ellis,( who i think was a doctor at some point in eastenders ) Is a chef and is always on hand for Miranda and helps where he can though you sit watching the show thinking that you just want them to get it on but you know if they did deep down it would mean the end of the show , so you just watch the tragic life of miranda unfold and overcome all scrapes and obstacles life throws in her way , though the scapes come and the tradgies happen you fall in love with the character and hopes she gets to her goal in life which is to be happy. Even though her mother seems to be the ones who can be the one to ensure most of the mishaps happen , the mother whom i forget at this moment seems to encourage Miranda in her quests and says she is proud etc when you know deep down she is just trying to live her life through Miranda , Things usally start with her mother and the others saying she can not do much and Miranda sets out to proove them wrong encountering all sorts that in the end make her fall flat on her face , take an episode called Holiday for example she tried to proove she could go abroard when in fact she could not and booked in to the hotel around the corner claiming to be in thailand, all sorts unfold which are funny but instead of doing the proper thing and going abroad she learns that cutting corners seem to be the answer bat are not do not help nor lying , but along the way she makes great use of the trouser press and the shoe shiner.... This show is a must to tune in to as Miranda is an upand coming comical actress who would even make Jack Dee crack a smile
I've watched three episodes of Miranda on TV so far and must say it is a breath of fresh air and will last the test of time in my opinion. I've never written a review of a program before but feel compelled to do so now. Every few years or so, a sitcom is shown on TV which is refreshing, well written with interesting story line twists and the right cast. Faulty Towers, Blackadder, the Young Ones, Vicar of Dibley and the Office (along with Extras) all fall into that category as far as I'm concerned. Now Miranda adds to the list. In our household, two fifty something parents AND a seven year old son are literally laughing out loud with tears in our eyes whilst watching this and we ALL find it very funny. It's also very British in it's humour content and Miranda's expressions and turns to the camera are just spot on. She looks somewhat different to what you might expect but her delivery and timing is just right and she writes this stuff as well. She surely is a very talented person to do all that. I'm surprised by some of the negative comments I've read but, heck, it just proves that, in comedy, music and art, we all have our own personal taste. Miranda, if you read this, keep up the excellent work, well done and ignore the negative comments. We love what you do a lot!
Wow, the other review on here paints a terribly bad picture of this show, so I thought that I would write a review to say that some people, including me, find this show very, very funny.
According to my husband, this TV show began life as a radio comedy, Miranda Hart's Joke Shop, before being made into a television programme. The original voice actors were kept on, so the same people who voiced the radio show now appear in the TV version. The main character is Miranda, played by Miranda Hart, who, I think, is the main writer. I would guess that is is loosely based on her life and experiences. Or at least her observations of others.
Miranda is 34, single, and lives above a joke shop that she bought with savings/inheritance. She is not too bothered about the business, which is ably run by her friend, and is always finding excuses to get out of working in the shop. Her mother features in every episode, and while she loves Miranda, she openly admits that she is disappointed in her and wishes she would find a husband and get a 'proper job.' Miranda fancies an old friend, Gary, who in the first episode becomes the chef at the pub near her shop. The first episode contains some very funny moments where she gets nervous talking to Gary and can't stop herself completely making stuff up, such as that she is an olympic gymnast and that she once had 2 children who froze to death in the mountains after they wouldn't listen to her about not running around in just shorts and t-shirts!
There is usually a main story line in each episode. For example, one is about her mother's aim of getting her a proper job, as her mum's friend was boasting about her daughter's success, so Miranda's mum started boasting too, and then tries to force Miranda to live up to the boasts. She gets Miranda an interview at a department store, which is utterly hilarious, as Miranda seems to have no common sense at all! At the part of the interview when she is asked if she has any questions for the interview panel, she excitedly says, 'Oooh, yes! When lightning hits the sea, why don't all the fish die?' There is also a bit where, to her own embarrassment, she starts to sing in response to a question and just can't stop herself from singing the entire song. The viewers are just shown little bits of that - including the part with her standing on the desk belting the song out while the 3 interviewers stare up at her aghast. At the end she sits down and says, 'I didn't know I knew so many verses!' To which the main interviewer replies, 'I didn't realise there were so many verses!'
A lot of the humour focuses on Miranda doing and saying things that make the viewer quite embarrassed for her, but in a really funny way! In the episode that was aired tonight, she and Gary are embarrassed when a customer in the joke shop catches them having a race with children's toys. The customer assumes they have children, and asks their names. Miranda can't quite think on the spot fast enough, and tells her they are called Cliff and Richard! When the woman asks their surname she replies Richards, and says that yes, she does have a son named Richard Richards!
Miranda is very clueless, in a naive innocent way. She says that she hates running, and thinks that 'galloping' is much more fun! In one episode she visits the gym, which practically kills her as she is quite unfit. At the gym she bounces on one of those exercise balls saying, 'Really? Does anyone actually know what these are for?' A bit later she launches herself across 2 of them, ending up on a mat, declaring happily, 'That's what they're for!' When she tries to get out of her gym membership she gets into a bit of a discussion with the guy at the desk, while the viewers cringe in embarrassment for her. It culminates in her standing in the kiddy ball pit, threatening to wee in it!
Although all the episodes show events that make you so embarrassed for her it's almost unbearable, they are hilariously funny, and they do always end on a high, which pleases me, as I don't really like shows that just heap more and more unfortunate situations on the main character.
I find Miranda Hart naturally very funny. She delivers jokes very well, and isn't afraid to laugh at herself. She uses some physical humour, such as when she gets annoyed with not being able to open the door at the gym, and the attendant finally presses the release button, sending her toppling forward to the floor. Tom Ellis, who plays Gary, is very good as her long suffering friend and object of her affections, who is obviously exasperated by her yet ultimately very fond of her. Her mother is believable and has some quite funny lines. She has a little phrase that she uses which really infurates Miranda - 'what I call.' For example when she got Miranda an interview she was telling her 'It's in what I call a department store.' To which Miranda replied, 'It is a department store mum!' This phrase crops up at least once an episode, to Miranda's real annoyance.
I was really surprised to read such a poor review of this show on here, as my husband and I really love it, and look forward to it being on every week - it's on at 8.30pm on Mondays on BBC and previous episodes are shown on the i-player. My husband said to say that it is the funniest sitcom for a long time, in his opinion, and I would have to say that I agree. He forced me to watch the first episdoe on i-player after I missed it's original screening, and I spent the entire half an hour laughing out loud, and have been hooked ever since.
Miranda, oh Miranda how low can you go?
Miranda is a comedy show aired on Monday night on BBC2 at 8.30.
A bit of previous.
My wife thinks I'm a bit special because I have a long time love for BBC comedies, I have a lot of the most famous ones on DVD/video and often find myself watching Dave where some of them hang out. My favourites are BlackAdder, Fawlty, Red Dwarf, Only Fools, Dibley, the office, with honourable mentions to sketch show like A league of Gentlemen, Fast Show, Harry Enfield and Little Britain. This probably shows my tastes in terms of comedy and humour, in my opinion comedy should have one character who you'd love to watch but would hate to spend time with. Such characters like Basil, Del Boy, BLackAdder are comedy gold and should be loved by the British population because all too often we are exposed to shows like Miranda which just emphasises their reflective greatness.
Miranda is a a tall, large boned (I'm being generous), not great looking women in her thirties, she has a domineering mother, a sexually free small blond housemate and a hankering for the hot cafe owner. Thats the premise, the show uses the tactic of the central character knowing that the camera is there and uses the camera and therefore the audience as an additional cast member. This camera focus is a tactic which can work such as in Lovejoy, but it has to be used sparingly or at certain times in the show i.e., at the start or the finish. It also needs a strong lead performance and perfect comic timing, the problem inherent with the camera approach is that you need slide cameras to give the main character a chance to pull a face during a conversation and that has to be away from the person they talk to.
Miranda fails on all these points, the key to great comedy is angst or tension which is released in the form of humour, this is the format played out in the classic Fawlty Towers or The Office, only The Vicar of Dibley has managed to create a comedy in a warm stable society but they rely on eccentric auxillary characters and a great performance from Dawn French. Miranda struggles with a limp script, which has few laughs and though the preformances are admirable there is a real lack of material for the actors to get their teeth into.
Miranda's angst as a single women in her mid thirties as a comedy vein has not been explored from a central tenet, it has legs if the writing is good and the situations both believabe and funny. I feel the writers probably had a good thought, something along the lines of "I know lets write a Bridget Jones style sit com exploring the neurosis of the modern thirty something woman"
"hmmm sounds good, what will it be about?"
"Well we want a show about a reasonably but not great looking women looking for love (or sex)"
"Ok, lets write a lame script, add an overbearing mother because thats never been done before and rely on toilet humour and totally unbelieveable happenings"
"yes, that will work but we need an edge"
"I know we will make the camera a character as well"
Oh no its not, in fact its terrible, lazy writing wasting the skills of the actors, the Miranda to camera interaction is overdone to death and the overbearing mother has been explored far too often in my opinion.
This could and should have been far better and its a shame that the BBC has yet again lowered its comedy flag and released this dross, I thought after the appalling My Family that the Beeb couldn't make a worse comedy, I'm now starting to reconsider!!!