Miranda launched on BBC Two in 2009. It ran for two series, before moving to BBC One in 2013. It was one of the highest rated comedy shows 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.
Miranda pitched the idea to a producer at the BBC in 2005 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 eventually felt she 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! There was nothing even resembling over night success but looking back I am glad it took that long to break in to the industry as it gave me time to really hone and nurture my alter-ego which in turn meant I had the clearest sense possible for what to do with her in the sitcom.”
The cast includes: 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.