51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2011
I think Miranda Hart herself was a little worried about this second series, not really knowing if the public would be as thrilled the second time round.It was logical that she should be. Last year she surprised most in offering a sit com that hadn't been done for years and that many (me among them) found pure comic genius.I just adored her character, so full of human frailties, so full of warmth.When I sat in front of the first episode I must admit I thought to myself 'Can she do it again? Has she had time to garner some new ideas and make a show that will be both similar to the old one in everything we love about it but that will also spring some good surprises?' The first two shows, although they contained some great moments made me fear the second series would be inferior but then... came episode three... I must have watched it twenty times at least by now and it still makes me laugh. I can't tire of it. From the moment Miranda and Gary stepped into that posh restaurant and from the moment I saw Miranda's face after Gary suggested they should give it a try it was firework after firework of sheer enjoyment, from the fire, to the burps, to the 'al dente' moment, to the bees, to the wax trapped Miranda, to the stallions in her flat, to her mother's "Go Miranda".... it must have been 20 years since I laughed that much.... Simply brilliant!! Yes, of course, the episode with the psychologist is the weakest but on the whole, Miranda Hart has managed to do what I thought she couldn't... she has surpassed herself! And as long as she is willing to lull us with that wonderful voice of hers, I will be willing to listen...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2011
I simply cannot get enough of Miranda and the second series is no different. It's funny, suitable for all the family and actually really clever. A few people (snobs) slag it off saying it is immature and idiotic but that is just because they haven't given it a go and embraced that a bit of silly humour never did anyone any harm! Funny, funny stuff and puts a smile on my face every time.
Miranda is brill but so are all the other characters making it one of my favourite sitcoms of all time. Hooray for Miranda Hart!
My only gripe is that it's taken sooo long to be released on DVD as I have watched the first season too many times to admit to! Cannot wait for the third season. SUCH FUN!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The good news is that Series 2 of Miranda is still charming, warm hearted and full of really funny moments and set-pieces. And yet, away from the set pieces, the writing is beginning to feel a bit predictable - cue a faux pas from Miranda, or her falling over, or looking knowingly at the camera, or bursting into a song; or Stevie doing Heather Small; or Tilly spouting yuppie nonsense. And the "will they won't they" with Gary is getting a bit tiresome - but you know they never "can" because that would spoil the innocent charm of Miranda's longing.
All that said, the show is still fun to watch - funny, with a great cast, and some really original ideas. We love it in our house: it just feels a little more familiar round the edges.
on 6 April 2014
After the brilliance of the debut season it was always going to be hard to create something better for Season 2 and this proves that the second series of anything is a bit like that difficult second album. The dilemma, it seems, is much the same - stick to the tried and trusted formula that worked so well before? Or come up with something new and fresh and risk the people who loved you the first time around abandoning you faster than you can say 'What fun!'?
For the most part, Miranda Hart has opted here for the former and, in doing so, has come up with something that ploughs pretty much the same furrows as the first series. There's nothing wrong with that - it works, to a degree, whilst never troubling the original series' inventiveness or innovation. And the truth is that if you liked series 1, there's no reason at all why you won't also enjoy series 2.
The problem, though, is that none of the characters appear to have developed very much. We don't expect Miranda to have become less clumsy or awkward, but I had rather hoped that Stevie might have become marginally less irritating - and that the scripts might not have continued to have been contrived in order to give Stevie (Sarah Hadland) the opportunity to do the rather irritating Heather Small impression in every episode.
Sally Phillips is, as always, outstanding - so, too, Patricia Hodge.
But there are fewer laughs here than in series 1, fewer moments of inspired physical comedy, fewer clever pieces to camera. It's almost as though Hart has suffered from TV exec pressure to write a follow-up quickly and, in doing so, has had a smaller pool of genuinely funny ideas on which to draw.
It's still funny. You still want to watch every episode. You just don't howl with laughter quite so much. But it's certainly way better than Series 3, which was, by contrast, dreadful. Call The Midwife came at the right time for Miranda Hart. It's given her a chance to reinvent herself, maybe take some time to think through what series 4 of her own show might deliver (if, indeed, there is to be a series 4) and generally create some space between the dog's breakfast that was the third season and whatever may come next from her.
In the meantime, this is one way to remind yourself of how good Miranda Hart is near, if not quite at, her best.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2011
I loved the first series of Miranda, and I loved this series even more! The comic timing of Miranda Hart gets better and better, and I think this is funnier than the first, I was in stitches! My partner finds the humour a bit same-y and repetitive, but I think that is what gives this series its charm and comedic value! Similarly I also liked the development of the supporting characters, as well as seeing more of Miranda as her best!!
I think fans of the first series will not be disappointed!
on 29 December 2011
Yes! Series 2 of Miranda is finally available =D Why it takes a whole year for them to release these DVDs when they are so hugely popular is completely beyond me, but the saying "better late than never" definitely applies here.
Miranda is back for another bunch of episodes and she is still hilarious. The running gags and character catch phrases come back and are accompanied with hilarious new jokes, brilliantly performed slap-stick scenes and of course a cheeky head tilt to the camera.
Miranda's life gets more hectic in pretty much every way this series, including her relationship with Garry (which I love more and more with each episode). A suprising discovery mid-series puts Miranda's perspective of her relationships on spin cycle and make for more hilarious episodes as she tries her best to deal with her life...without falling over too many times.
This is such a comfy show. What I mean by that is, it's the type of show you'll come home to after a hard days work and watch with a cup of tea. Miranda's world is a warm, friendly, yet hilarious place to be. Thank Miranda for series 3 coming soon to TV!
I enjoyed series 2 better than series 1. The session in the psychotherapist with just two of the regulars was a gem - portraying their innermost fears. I could sense a parallel with the 1961 Tony Hancock "Bedsitter".
On the DVD are some interviews, which were available by pressing the red button when broadcast: one for each episode but of course, I saw thee as a block, some days after I had watched the actual programmes. Not so sure how well these worked - the style was not crisp enough for me, but perhaps that is because there was less likely to be a script as such and some comedians or comediennes do find the script, even if written by themselves as essential. There were a lot of 'yeahs' but is that common amongst people these days? However some illuminating facts such as Clare Balding and she were at the same school, and there is a hint that she might be prone to 'trouser coughs'!
However as that was a bonus I still feel it deserves five stars. It made me, what I call, laugh.
on 4 January 2012
I thoroughly enjoy my Miranda box set! I laughed, i hid my face in my pillow as i cringed at Miranda, and revelled in the fluffyness that is the Miranda and Gary pairing.
The only thing i would add is i'd like the actors to take it more seriously. Its definitely a bit of fun only, but if it felt more 'real' i might have enjoyed it more. The acting, for example, is half-assed on many occasions and there are definitely scenes they could have done better in. Although to be fair they were filming in front of an audience.... It doesnt feel to have any real sense of direction, but i certainly wont say no to more. In fact i demand more (oh do you now you diddley do).
In any case its fun, its silly, it features the very beautiful and alluring Tom Ellis as well as the very magnetic Miranda, and you'll feel every bit a part of it from your living room as the chums playing on screen. Its no great piece of tv-magic,
but its definitely funcicles all round for anyone watching!
on 14 January 2012
It's fair to say I'm a big Miranda fan, I've got series 1 on DVD and her "Miranda Hart's Joke Shop" audio CD. Firstly, series 2 has to be equally as funny as series 1, if not better, and the special features are fab, with cast interviews led by Miranda herself on the parts they play, and an interview with Patricia Hodge (Penny) and Miranda's real life mum. It's also great that while characters from series 1 such as "Dream Boat Charlie" return, new ones are also introduced, such as Tilly's fiancee Rupert,Gary's friend from Thailand Tamara, and Miranda's dad, who makes an appearance in the Christmas episode. Overall, fans of Miranda won't need a detailed description of every episode, I don't want to spoil it, but fans who've only seen the first series will certainly not be disappointed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I can't even find the words to describe how amazingly funny this show is! I don't know about other people but this is one of those shows that has me literally laughing out loud. I 100% recommend it.