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Miranda Case Study

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 30, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Television, Television Comedy

Miranda was originally broadcast on BBC Two in 2009 before being moving to the more mainstream channel BBC One in 2012 where it finished its run in 2015. 3 series were broadcast in total, plus specials with a total of 20 episodes and achieving critical and commercial success. Due to the range of locations and the often physical sequences, Miranda was filmed using a multiple-camera set up - following the codes and conventions of the situation comedy genre.

Star marketing was a feature of Miranda using the established status of Patricia Hodge playing Penny, Miranda’s mother, but also Tom Ellis and Sally Phillips as well known comedy actors. It was filmed initially at BBC Television Centre with the specials filmed at The London Studios in front of a live studio audience. Set design was known for being elaborate, suggesting along with the experienced cast and multiple-camera set up that a reasonable production budget was made available.

The show was written by the star Miranda Hart who took the essence of the show from BBC Radio 2’s semi autobiographical comedy, Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop (2008). Each TV episode ran for 30 minutes (a standard convention) and in terms of narrative revolved around Miranda’s difficulties ‘fitting in’ with the world around her. She is socially inept and in every episode finds herself in awkward situations – examples include the gym, a job interview and a date.

Miranda Hart uses her own physical body to anchor many of the awkward situations with many self-deprecating jokes about her eccentricity, her height (she is very tall at 6? 1’) and the size of her hands and feet. The audiences knowingly become intimate with her as one of the unique selling points of the show is a frequent piece to camera where Miranda personally addresses her audience.

Miranda’s eccentricity is fundamental to the show, as is her social class that underpins many British situation comedies as a key convention....

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