Miranda (2009–2015)
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The Dinner Party 

Seriously dating Mike, Miranda sets out to prove she can behave in an adult manner though an escapade at a children's playgroup suggests otherwise, as does her visit to an osteopath, in ... See full summary »

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Juliet May

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Miranda Hart, Richard Hurst (additional material) | 3 more credits »
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Miranda Hart ... Miranda
Bohdan Poraj Bohdan Poraj ... Mike Jackford (as Bo Poraj)
Patricia Hodge ... Penny
Sarah Hadland ... Stevie
Tom Ellis ... Gary Preston
Naomi Bentley ... Rose
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Valerie Jackford
Sarah Flower ... Yoga Instructor
Paul Kerensa Paul Kerensa ... Customer in Shop
Glen Davies Glen Davies ... Plumber
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Margaret Cabourn-Smith ... Alison
John Finnemore John Finnemore ... Chris
Jo Neary Jo Neary ... Playgroup leader (as Joanna Neary)
Alice Hart Alice Hart ... Customer in supermarket
Joe Wilkinson ... Traffic Warden
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Seriously dating Mike, Miranda sets out to prove she can behave in an adult manner though an escapade at a children's playgroup suggests otherwise, as does her visit to an osteopath, in whose presence she breaks wind as well as knocking his wig to one side. She decides to host a dinner party, the guest of honour being Valerie, Mike's father, as well as a strange traffic warden who feeds kittens from his beard. Unfortunately Valerie turns out to be the osteopath, who does not get on with Penny. Mike does however declare his feelings for Miranda but so does Gary, causing Rose to make a hurried exit. Written by don @ minifie-1

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7 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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The scene where Miranda says to act normal, only to have everyone go into awkward positions, and then strike yet odder poses after she emphasizes being more natural, is very similar to a scene in the 2007 IT Crowd episode, also called "The Dinner Party", where Jen has the same trouble with Moss, Roy, and Richmond. Sarah Hadland guested as Margaret in IT Crowd's "Dinner Party". See more »

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The River of Dreams
Performed by Billy Joel
Written by Billy Joel
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She's hilarious!
9 December 2017 | by lor_See all my reviews

This particular episode was my recent introduction to this series, viewed here in the States on Public TV. I hope it's typical of the show's overall quality, as Miranda and her supporting cast are a hoot!

I was surprised to see Tom Ellis, in this segment revealed to be an ex- boyfriend of Miranda's. He's currently riding high on American TV as the flamboyant star of "Lucifer" and I was immediately intrigued at the contrast of his underplaying next to Miranda, compared to his over the top (though hardly on a level of hers) on his own U.S. hit show.

But for physical comedy, fabulously unpredictable shtick and just overall goofiness it is hard to beat this British actress. Even the great TV physical comediennes of yore, like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, never went this far in pursuit of laughs, and perhaps the uncensored nature of Miranda's acting (including considerable off-color and suggestive physical comedy this time out after she elects to "go commando" helps her, just as the recent decades of comedians "going blue" makes it hard to compare them to their brilliant but G-rated predecessors.


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