After an extremely successful first and second series and three comedy awards, the tension for the third series of Miranda has been palpable. But there was no need to worry – the first episode of series three was one of the best to date.
Apart from being funnier than ever before, the amount that’s packed into one episode is rather impressive.
The episode starts with the news that Miranda’s shop has gone under. She takes an office job but doesn’t last the day – despite a promising start where she rips off half of her trouser leg in a lift door. The Miranda and Gary will-they-won’t-they saga continues as they find themselves on ‘the brink’ of a couple of kisses.
Miranda finds out she has been surreptitiously filmed on the end of an obesity report on the news, hence the title of the episode. Penny has turned her attention away from her finding-Miranda-a-husband mission to trying to get her to go to Eaters Anonymous, and this further pushes her in her mission to slim down her daughter – but she then finds herself a victim of a similar mishap.
Series three looks very promising –there’s already slapstick galore, laugh-out-loud comedy and plenty of clumsiness. There’s also a delightfully-named one-off character, Dick Twist – who trended on Twitter last night. One downfall, however, is that there is a complete, unexplained absence of bartender Clive.
Thankfully, the episode retains its format from series one and two – somehow it just manages to be even funnier. After a long absence from our screens, clumsy is cool once again.
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