Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Quick Look "Miranda"

As I sat watching another British show - which I hope feature in a Quick Look later - I was amazed that CineCritical has not looked at one of our favourite sitcoms, Miranda.

The series stars comedienne Miranda Hart as Miranda, a tall and very awkward woman who is often mistaken for a man. Miranda is the owner of a joke shop she runs with her best friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland). She is constantly put off by her mother Penny (Patricia Hodge) and still tries to fit in with her old boarding school friends, Tilly (Sally Phillips) and Fanny (Katy Wix). The one shining light in Miranda's life is Gary (Tom Ellis), a university friend, who works as a chef at the restaurant next door, run by Clive (James Holmes). Miranda is desperately in love with Gary, but, as Stevie puts it, lacks the allure.

Miranda is the rare sitcom that uses slapstick comedy effectively. Miranda is so incredibly awkward and clumsy that she easily finds herself in the most preposterous situations. Besides being deliciously funny, the show is perfectly cast. Sarah Hadland and Patricia Hodge are great complements to Hart's physical comedy.

Miranda has aired two series of six episodes each on BBC Two, but I unfortunately have yet to see it on BBC Canada's schedule.

1 comment:

  1. I think the thing I find most interesting about this show is that while Miranda has been criticized as being too much of a sketch comedy for a modern audience, it is very popular in the UK. And Miranda herself has often said that she is aspiring to a traditional, enjoyable sketch comedy without too much drama, which I believe is what makes this one so easy to watch.

    Oh I do love a good farce...such fun!

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