Miranda: Trying to keep a straight face

Friday 21 December 2012, 14:37

Tom Ellis Tom Ellis Actor

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My sense of humour, a bit like Miranda’s, is based around bodily functions and the timeless hilarity therein. Basically I’m a child trapped in a man’s body.
 
When working on Miranda, we're always bringing ideas into the rehearsal room and we either get a gold star from her, or polite but dismissive no - but it's always done in good humour.

Gary (Tom Ellis) and Miranda (Miranda Hart) Gary and Miranda on the brink of a kiss To test a joke out if we can't decide if something's funny or not, we record it both ways in front of the studio audience and see which gets the best reaction.

Our audience at the recordings are very vocal - be that laughing, sympathising or booing – they make it very clear who they’re rooting for.

We had a brilliant time filming this series.

When Gary Barlow turned up I felt like a 12-year-old girl and didn't know what to say to him.

We always have a very high calibre of guest on the show, often because they’re fans themselves.

The cast of Miranda sitting on a sofa The cast celebrate Christmas together One of the stand-out moments for me was in episode four when we tried some alternative endings for Dr Gail’s departure.
 
The episode was played out more like a play than a TV show and some of the other cast members weren't warned.

It caused them a bit of a shock when we started to explore the boundaries of Gary and Dr Gail's relationship.
 
I love working in BBC Television Centre, it’s always such fun and there’s such a sense of history there, especially in comedy.
 
When filming this series we overlapped with Strictly and I would frequently bump into contestants like Michael Vaughan and Sid Owen and the various judges around the studios. We often asked them for dancing advice when we had dancing scenes.
 
We had the honour of being the last studio sit-com to be filmed at Television Centre while it still belongs to the BBC.

I always try to find the truth of the world my character inhabits - be it comedy like Miranda, or serious drama, like The Secret Of Crickley Hall. I approach each challenge the same, basically.
 
Working on Miranda has its own challenges. Trying to keep a straight face when all around me are losing theirs - that's one the hardest things.

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Gary and Miranda take a romantic stroll through town
One of my favourite memories was when Miranda and I, as Gary, filmed a romantic scene in a restaurant. We were staring into each other’s eyes lovingly whilst agreeing to finally sleep together.

This was interspersed with every time the director said cut, Miranda and I going to a quiet corner of the location where I helped relieve her of her trapped wind.
 
I hope she doesn’t hate me for that.

Tom Ellis plays Gary in Miranda. Tom’s byline photo is kind courtesy of Scott McAulay.

Series three of Miranda begins on Wednesday, 26 December at 9pm on BBC One. For further programme times, please see the episode guide.

More on Miranda
Digital Spy: 'Miranda' star Tom Ellis: 'New series is the strongest yet'
Miranda Hart on the BBC TV blog: Miranda: The making of a sitcom 
TV Tropes [screenwriting conventions]: Miranda

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    Comment number 1.

    Just watched the Christmas special on i-player with headphones whilst the family watched a serious film on TV. I laughed out loud and then giggled and guffawed and annoyed everyone. I just couldn't stop myself. Miranda is so well written and performed and just brilliant. Very excited about the new series!

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    I just love this show !! Christmas episode was great

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    I Absolutely Loved the xmas episode, I was in hysterics. Miranda is the funniest person ever, the script is so well written! I can't wait for the rest of the seris! :)

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    Comment number 4.

    I absolutely love this show!!! It's brilliant! I am very much looking forward to the next series!! I hope you won't cancel it any time soon.
    It is absolutely brilliant! You all are brilliant for creating such an amazing tv show!!

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    Never seen this before but, have just watched the Christmas episode and i haven't laughed so much at a comedy programme in years. Think i will be watching more of this in future, it is absolutely hillarious.

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    Comment number 6.

    I love this programme. I don't think I've laughed that much in my entire life! I watch it every single week over and over again and i still haven't got bored!! A truly talented cast!!! cant wait for the next episode! until then i will be watching last episode and yet again crying my eyes out :)

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    Comment number 7.

    There is not a person i know who doesn't find this show absolutely hilarious! Even if i watch the same episode 100 times I will still laugh the same every time. It NEVER gets old. I only started watching this show on series 2. I wish I could watch the series 1 episodes.

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    Comment number 8.

    I cannot get over just how brilliant this show is..........................they say
    that laughter is the best medicine....................this is better than
    medicine..............................and I love the unadulterated madness,
    combined with Miranda's slapstick........thank-you - all of you!

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    Comment number 9.

    hi

    Miranda like I call SUCH FUN!! I love it, keep up the good work u guys.
    I belong to a drama group, I really love drama also, I was just wondering if maybe you can come to our drama group 1 time to give us some hints maybe or just be out patron? It's a group for people with learning difficulties.

    I can't wait for Mondays when Miranda is on, thanks for producing such a funny tv proggramme, it's really excellent!

    Such Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0)
    P.S Tom Ellis is HOT!, go for him Miranda, I would :0)

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    Comment number 10.

    Every episode is very funny, a great sitcom. Looking forward to many more series being made!

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    Comment number 11.

    The dinner party episode is the funniest thing I have seen on TV since Morcambe and Wise with Andre Previn. I started watching it on the train and had to stop because I was laughing so much I was scaring the other patients. We love Miranda

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    Comment number 12.

    Love the programme - but am desperate to know where Mirandas' bedding is from in episode 4?

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    Comment number 13.

    just watched episode 5. Three Little Words - sooo funny!! Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant!! I have Series 1 and 2 on box set now... think I am going to watch them all again from start from finish!!

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    Comment number 14.

    more,more, more please this is the cleverest & funniest programme I have had the privilege to watch, keep it up. There is not one Character in it that is not funny & Miranda is wonderful.

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    Comment number 15.

    Thank you Thank you, everybody at "Miranda". My daughter received the series 1 and 2 dvd for Christmas, and I just got through ep 1 of series 1 and was roling on the floor. I have since watched the whole of series 3 so far, and each episode getting better and better. Top drawer comedy, written and performed so well. A complete breath of fresh air. My favourite comedy programme Thank you again x x x

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    Comment number 16.

    sorry but miranda hart is a terriable duff actress and not in the least bit funny, more charlie chaplin in a big crimpoline frock...and he wasnt funny either

 

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