The main cast.Miranda
(2009-) is a Brit Com
on BBC Two
written by and starring Miranda Hart
as Miranda. It also stars Sarah Hadland as her best friend and work mate, Stevie; Patricia Hodge as her mother, Penny; Tom Ellis as her love interest, Gary, James Holmes as some other guy who keeps popping up
, Clive, Sally Phillips as her Old Friend
, Tilly, and, most recently, Bo Poraj as Miranda's boyfriend, Mike. It's primarily a Work Com
that takes place in Miranda's Joke Shopnote
but visits other places in the town. It follows the story of Miranda
, who messes up everything in her life. It all starts off fine but each episode eventually turns into a Fawlty Towers Plot
If you want to know about your right to remain silent, you want Miranda Rights
This show provides examples of:
- Aside Glance: A trademark of the show.
- Blatant Lies: All the time.
- Bottle Episode: Series 2 Episode 5 takes place entirely in one room.
- Breakout Character: Tilly.
- Brick Joke: There's at least one brick joke per episode which comes back somehow at the end, no matter how contrived.
- British Brevity: Three series so far, each containing 6 episodes.
- Call Back: Many jokes from earlier episodes are mentioned again in later episodes, or even the next season. For example, Miranda's friend Gordon ... who is made from an orange. Come the third series, she has moved on from making fruit friends to adding vegeta-pals.
- Catch Phrase: Several, including Tilly's "Bear with, bear with" whenever she's reading a text, Penny's "Such fun!" and her habit of using the phrase "what I call" inappropriately. (Such as, "She's having it on a, what I call, weekday.")
- There's also Stevie's super-positive conversations with her Heather Small cutout - 'Whurt hev ya dun toodeeehh to mek yer feeeeel prooaarroroad?!'
- Miranda's "Rude!" and "Good word, isn't it?" also get repeated often.
- Less noticeable is Gary's awkward "Hi." when he walks in, inevitably, at the worst possible moment.
- But these are all lampshaded beyond all proportion.
- Fanservice: Miranda seems to end up in her underwear at some point in several episodes.
- Contrived Coincidence: The worst possible person always seem to walk in at the worst possible moment.
- The Danza
- Even the Guys Want Him: In a recent episode, everyone was enthusing over how attractive Dr. Gail is - including Gary.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gary ends up with his shirt (or more) off on several occasions.
- Fanservice: Gary. Especially when he goes shirtless or dresses in his "Alpha Male" outfit.
- Fawlty Towers Plot: Every episode has this in some form.
- Fiery Redhead: Miranda herself may qualify.
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- Julius Nicholson is the librarian who catches Miranda reading Mein Kampf to small children.
- Huge Schoolgirl Obviously no longer, but still surrounded by schoolfriends who call her 'Queen Kong'
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY : Listen to Penny saying "Lady Gaga". Or "Lady Guh-GAAH", as she puts it.
- Just Friends: Gary and Miranda. Off and on. Sometimes.
- No Fourth Wall: Miranda frequently turns toward the camera to make jokes to the viewers and to actually talk to them as if it were a conversation, except this is only done in short bursts, usually to raise a quizzical eyebrow or to completely contradict what she's just said.
- Put on a Bus: Clive disappeared in the third series without explanation.
- Running Gag: In a lot of episodes, Miranda will be talking and then suddenly start to sing whenever she talks a line from a famous song. It almost certainly is expected to happen in dramatic moments and every time she doesn't shut up and straight away starts to sing.
- Ship Tease: Miranda and Gary. And how.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Gary's friends Chris and Allison.
- Sound to Screen Adaptation: The show originally started as a radio show called Miranda Hart's Joke Shop.
- Strange Syntax Speaker: Too many to count. Tilly and Stinky stand out as the worst offenders, though.
- Studio Audience
- You can easily tell this especially when Gary comes in the psychiatrist office where Miranda and her mum are in and confesses his love for Miranda, kisses her, and goes down on one knee to propose. Half of the audience members are screaming like twelve-year-old girls. Then, you can hear them "aww'ing" at sheer disappointment when we find out it was just Miranda daydreaming.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Charlie bloody loves crisps!
- What Could Have Been: Miranda Hart originally tried to get Penelope Keith to play her mum, Penny, but she turned it down. She apparently also floated the idea of having Ronnie Corbett as her dad (which this troper thinks would've been hysterical, given their height difference).
Episodes of this series provide examples of: