Miranda returns for new series

Thursday 11th January 2018, 12:22am

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.

Sarah Hadland was most recently seen in David Walliams special Ratburger and is next due to appear alongside Stephen Mangan in Channel 4 sitcom Hang Ups.

Meanwhile, Patricia Hodge has been caring for her husband Peter, who has dementia but has filmed a role in the forthcoming TV film A Very English Scandal.

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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Miranda - The Complete Boxset

Every single episode from the first to third series and then the finale of the BBC sitcom starring Miranda Hart.

After a public school education, socially inept Miranda (Hart) is having trouble fitting in with her peer group, especially her childhood nemesis, Tilly (Sally Phillips). To top it all, Miranda constantly finds herself in awkward situations around men, and in particular, ex-university chum Gary (Tom Ellis). The cast also features Patricia Hodge and Sarah Hadland.

Special features:
Behind the scenes on Series 1
The Set Tour with Miranda
Introducing the cast
Miranda interviewing cast, friends and family (original BBC red button material including interviews with Sally Phillips, Frank Skinner and Miranda’s real-life Mum)
Behind the scenes on Series 3

First released: Monday 26th October 2015

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