BBC Two Finds Miranda

The BBC have announced they’re launching a brand new sitcom which will launch on BBC Two this Autumn. Miranda is based on the semi-autobiographical writing of comedy actress Miranda Hart. The show started its life as a TV pilot and then moved onto becoming the critically acclaimed, Sony Award nominated radio series, Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop, on BBC Radio 2.

Miranda comments: “Since I can remember I have wanted to be a comedian and so to have my own show on the BBC is a total thrill, albeit slightly unnerving! To have actors like Patricia Hodge and Sally Philips interested in my writing, let alone agreeing to do the job, is a real honour.”

Patricia Hodge returns to our TV screens playing Miranda’s mother and is joined by a stellar cast, including Sarah Hadland, Sally Phillips and Tom Ellis in this farcical, eccentric and affectionate family sitcom.

Miranda is desperate to fit in, but her public school background makes her a bit of a misfit down the pub and she’s never quite fitted in with Sloane Ranger childhood rival Tilly (Sally Phillips) or the rest of ‘the girls’ (not least because she’s a foot taller than them all).

Due to years of agoraphobic tendencies she can’t quite grasp how to behave socially and constantly fails to avoid embarrassing situations, especially around men.

A constant disappointment to her mother Penny (Patricia Hodge), and lacking any real capacity or interest for business, Miranda employs her childhood friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland) to manage her joke shop.

It doesn’t matter what Miranda attempts in life – dating, joining the gym, job interviews or simply dealing with her overbearing mother – she always seems to fall flat, quite literally, and is incapable of leaving a room without knocking something over.

“Comedy is such an important part of my life, if I hadn’t had people like French and Saunders, Morecambe and Wise and Joyce Renfell to watch, my life would have been a much duller place… …to be part of this wonderful industry is a real blessing” adds Miranda.

Guest stars include Peter Davison as Miranda’s old French teacher, Adrian Scarborough Luke Pasquilino, Alex Macqueen and Katy Wix.