The Final Curtain

Episode 2 The Final Curtain

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Review

With a sitcom as lovable as this it's annoying to have to say goodbye, but here the endearingly clunky heroine takes her final plunge, and viewers will know if a romantic resolution is on the cards, as per the rules of the genre. Then again, this was always a category-defying wonder, with the show's detractors craving more sting and less panto while perhaps missing the point that Miranda is a melodrama but with fun substituted for drama. And tonight, in true Bette Davis fashion (à la Now, Voyager), Miranda does have her “I'm not afraid, mother” moment.

The character might always set herself up for failure, but Hart has hit the bullseye in fitting in signature trademarks – silly wordplay, disregard for conventional behaviour, cryptic innuendo – alongside true feeling and poignancy. Her last gallop, sadly.

Summary

The very last episode of the hit sitcom sees the shopkeeper making one final attempt to accept herself and find contentment. Will she ever be truly happy? Miranda Hart stars, with Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis, Sarah Hadland and Sally Phillips, plus guest appearances from Mark Heap, Liza Tarbuck and Joe Wilkinson.

Cast & Crew

Miranda Miranda Hart
Penny Patricia Hodge
Stevie Sarah Hadland
Jim Dominic Coleman
Tilly Sally Phillips
Charlie Adrian Scarborough
Gary Tom Ellis
Jacinta Letty Butler
Anthony Mark Heap
Norman Joe Wilkinson
Dawn Liza Tarbuck
Clive James Holmes
Yoga teacher Emma Hubble
Classy woman Abbie Murphy
Director Mandie Fletcher
Producer Sarah Fraser
Writer Miranda Hart
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