“She’s the funniest woman on telly right now… this has been the flat-out funniest thing on television for ages” – Heat
“The hugely engaging Miranda Hart deserves a medal, or better still a BAFTA, for reminding us that slapstick can be funny” – Independent
Miranda, the critically-acclaimed sitcom, based on the semi-autobiographical writing of Miranda Hart, has been recommissioned for a second series by BBC Two after the debut series achieved viewing figure highs of three million.
The new series will go into production in summer 2010.
The stellar cast will be re-joining Miranda for the second series, including Patricia Hodge (Maxwell; The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil) as Miranda’s overbearing mother Penny, Sarah Hadland (Moving Wallpaper; That Mitchell & Webb Look) as Miranda’s best friend and military joke-shop manager Stevie, Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’ Diary; Smack The Pony) as Sloane Ranger school friend Tilly and Tom Ellis (Miss Conception; EastEnders) as Miranda’s long term crush Gary, in this farcical, eccentric and affectionate family sitcom.
Miranda comments: “I was far more nervous than I thought I would be about the series going out. It being an eponymous sitcom the pressure was on.
“So, I am not only relieved but totally overwhelmed by the response and thrilled that people have enjoyed the series.
“I am very grateful for all the support and to the BBC for giving me the chance to do another series next year. A daunting, but delightful Christmas present!”
Janice Hadlow adds: “Miranda is a fantastic talent and it’s no surprise that her first television series has been an instant hit.
“The fact that she has committed to a second series on BBC Two in 2010 is a wonderful Christmas present for both the channel and Miranda’s fans.”
Cheryl Taylor says: “It’s rare that a debut series provokes such an ecstatic response and we are delighted that Miranda’s special brand of warm and distinctive comedy will be back to delight audiences again next year.”
The producer is Nerys Evans, the director is Juliet May and the executive producer is Jo Sargent, Creative Head, BBC Comedy Entertainment.
Jo Sargent adds: “We are delighted to be working with Miranda on a second series.
“She is a unique and extraordinary comic talent who has the ability to talk to a broad audience who can identify with her and all her quirks and foibles.”