“Miranda” launched on BBC Two in 2009. It ran for two series, before moving to BBC One for Series 3 in 2013. It was one of the highest rated comedy shows of the year with an average of over 9 million viewers. The show has won several awards including Best New Comedy at the Comedy Awards 2011 and from then two RTS Awards, 2 BAFTA nominations and 2 NTA nominations. Miranda herself has won 3 British Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Actress, 2 RTS Awards, 3 BAFTA nominations and she won the Queen of Comedy People’s Choice Award at the Comedy Awards in 2011.
‘It really is a dream come true, I have wanted to get in to comedy since I can remember’
Miranda pitched the idea to a producer in 2005 at the BBC who saw one of Miranda’s One Woman shows at the Edinburgh Festival. It was another 2 to 3 years of development before a pilot was commissioned which was made in February 2008. A series was commissioned in the Summer of 2008. Miranda had been going to the Edinburgh Festival to put on shows since 1994 and by 2002 had an on stage persona she began to have confidence in, and did stand-up as, and eventually felt that persona could work as a central sitcom character. ‘No one else was going to cast me as a lead in a sitcom, I knew I’d have to write it!’ So Miranda’s “over night success” started in 1994 with her first Edinburgh show.
‘Although it was really hard work and I didn’t know whether I’d break in to the industry, I am glad looking back it took that long as it gave me time to really hone my act as a stand-up which meant I had the clearest sense possible for what to do with her for the sitcom’.
The cast include: Tom Ellis as love interest Gary, Patricia Hodge as Penny the mother, Sally Philips as school nemesis Tilly and Sarah Hadland as Stevie, Miranda’s best friend.
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