First galloping on to our screen 10 years ago, Miranda flew the flag for every one of us in search of love and acceptance.
Her romantic endeavours and all-round silliness showed us how to find laughter in life’s twists and turns, and although the series may be behind us, she’s back for one last celebration this Christmas .
To commemorate the much-adored sitcom, BBC One will be hosting a one-off shindig at the London Palladium, looking back over a decade of Miranda moments – a trip down memory lane filled with sketches, a few tears and a lot of awkward dancing.
What can we expect from Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration?
There’s a bit of everything. Miranda was a show that harked back to traditional musical hall style comedy as well as being a contemporary sitcom, so filming it at the London Palladium meant I’ve packed it with sketches, dance numbers and guests.
Could you ever have predicted the show’s success?
I remember the night it first aired, 10 years ago. I wandered around Hammersmith wondering if it would be weird going back to office work if people recognised me, because I thought it would just fizzle away.
What has happened to it will always be my greatest joy, but equally my greatest surprise.
How did it feel to be reunited with the cast?
It’s sheer delight to be with them again.
Whether my on-screen husband Tom Ellis managed to make it over from LA I couldn’t possibly tell you, but what I can tell you is my tiny elf of a friend was of course there by my side, as Sarah Hadland often is in real life and Stevie always is for Miranda.
Rehearsing comedy can be difficult, but we leave some time for larking around afterwards.
Why does Miranda resonate with so many?
People tend to feel that if Miranda could find love and accept herself, they could too.
I also think it’s just positive and energetic and silly, and it’s so easy for adults to forget to play, to forget to do the things they loved to do when they were younger, to allow themselves to be silly. It has given people the licence to play in order to reduce stress.
A new young audience has found the show for the first time and those who liked it from the off still seem to watch it and hold it dear to their hearts.
Do fans get in touch with their own Miranda Moments?
There was one dear woman who inadvertently sent a picture of her sunburnt bottom to her carpet fitter, instead of her friend. She was sending them pictures of her hallway and accidentally included it.
I said to her I would have styled it out and said I would also like carpet on my bum please, so I am permanently comfortable and can sit down anywhere!
Social media has really connected everyone, and people feel less alone in their moments of awkwardness.
The million dollar question... are we going to get any more series of Miranda? Or maybe Miranda: The Movie?
This Such Fun Celebration felt like it could go both ways.
It could be the goodbye forever (so for that reason I really hope people watch it and enjoy it), or it could be a springboard into some specials. I am very torn, so the answer remains – I don’t know!
But I do know I am incredibly grateful for every supporter of the show and the legacy that it has created.
Miranda's partner in crime, Sarah Hadland, will also feature in the one-off special.
‘The fans were desperate for something new, and just to enjoy seeing the cast back together again.
We didn’t imagine it would have this impact and it’s a reminder of how important laughing together is.
The show came at a time when, on TV, young women and teenagers saw a representation of women having to be cool. And then along came our show (ironically Miranda and I were in our late 30s when we did it) – we were infantile, the characters were playful and there was a lot of mucking about.
Stevie and Miranda had an amazing friendship and were kind of misfits. We didn’t tick the right boxes, we weren’t cool, we weren’t sexy, we weren’t confident, we were both bumbling along.
But we had a good laugh. Just have each other’s backs and have fun together. That’s all that matters.’
As will Patricia Hodge , who has graced the show as Penny for six years when it began.
‘The fan reception filming the special was extraordinary! It was like a rock concert, really.
Our show is family entertainment, I think parents feel very safe with their children watching it as it’s got something for everybody. And “such fun” is always being shouted at me!
It only takes one re-run and then you’re up again. The recognition, of course, has continued. And sometimes people sidle up in a supermarket and say to me... “Go on, say it”.
I always find myself saying it at Christmas, but to still have that impact on people just amuses me!’