Sitcom Miranda will return to screens for a fourth series, it is being reported.
The Sun newspaper claims that the BBC has reached an agreement with writer and star Miranda Hart to create a new series of her hit sitcom, likely to broadcast later this year.
First shown in 2009 on BBC Two, the comedy concluded on New Year’s Day 2015 with the second of a two-part finale special that saw Miranda’s eponymous character marry long-term love interest Gary, played by Tom Ellis.
A source told the paper: “Miranda has always been a huge hit on the BBC so getting her to sign up for another outing is a great result for them and viewers.
“When it ended more than three years ago viewers were hopeful it would come back but it always looked unlikely because of Miranda’s busy work schedule. But all parties have come to an agreement and it’ll be back later this year if all goes to plan.”
Moving to flagship channel BBC One for its third series, by its conclusion the sitcom was attracting audiences of around 7 million viewers per episode. Most other television comedy struggles to reach as many as 2 million viewers in overnight figures.
Running for just three series before its concluding specials, the sitcom followed Miranda’s hapless character through life and love. It also starred Sarah Hadland as Miranda’s best friend, colleague, and regular foil, Stevie; with Patricia Hodge as her pushy mother, Penny; and Sally Phillips as school friend Tilly.
Hart most recently hosted one-off Channel 4 show Miranda Does Christmas and The Royal Varity Performance, which saw her appearing in character alongside Hadland, Hodge and Phillips in a series of on-stage sketches. She is currently filming new Hollywood film The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, playing Dew Drop Fairy.
She has also been praised for her role in drama Call The Midwife, but had to pull out of the role, as well as revivals of classic sitcom and entertainment formats Up Pompeii! and The Generation Game, due to ill health.
Sally Phillips has taken on a variety of high-profile comedy roles since the conclusion of Miranda, including Tim Vine Travels Through Time, Zapped and Henry IX. She was a contestant in the last series of Taskmaster, and can currently be seen in the new series of Trollied.
Tom Ellis has been almost exclusively been filming US fantasy drama Lucifer since the conclusion of the sitcom. He has starred in the titular role in over 40 episodes of the show, which launched in 2015.
A complete DVD box set of all Miranda episodes produced to date is now available.
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