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Gosh! Into the breach...
on 13 October 2011
I'm not going to say that Miranda is not funny; god knows there are enough reviewers here who believe that it is. My wife loves the show and her opinion counts as much as mine in this case because I believe Miranda to be for the ladies rather than the blokes. I even managed to crack a smile myself a couple of times. Hence the three stars; a compromise, I know, but this is just too "love it or hate it" to dismiss.
Really this is slapstick comedy at its most intense: fart jokes, women being mistaken for men, pratfalls aplenty, clothes falling off unexpectedly, etc etc. If you like that sort of thing (as does my wife and, indeed, our daughters) I have no doubt that you'll get along fine with Miranda. You may even come close to wetting yourself with mirth (as does my wife and, indeed, our daughters). Bingo! Go for it! Five stars all 'round and good luck to you.
If, however, you prefer a slightly more refined form of comedy (and heaven knows, my tastes aren't THAT refined, I assure you) then Miranda may be a little too rich for you. You may find the gales of studio audience laughter way too loud. You may find the willy jokes just a bit childish. You may become irritated by the over-frequent "mug to camera" that Ms Hart believes to be an essential part of modern comedy (all she needs now is a bladder on a stick and to cry "marry! i'faith nuncle!" to complete the performance).
I tried. I really did. With the help of a large glass of scotch, I managed to watch two episodes, but got no further. Sorry. Even with the gorgeous Patricia Hodge, one or two stars.