I love Miranda, the BBC sitcom about a mid 30s woman who is tall and awkward in so many ways and lives life in childlike delight. I have laughed myself silly at her escapades and have rooted for her to get together with the love of her life, Gary (the man who owns the restaurant next door).
Just as with Geraldine (Dawn French) in The Vicar of Dibley, I could identify with Miranda. Both women don’t conform to the standard beauty ideal, both women have their awkwardness and yet both ‘ordinary’ women are heroines in their own way. They overcome obstacles, they grow and learn and deal with ups and downs but most importantly, they also stay true to themselves. They have their hearts in the right place and are so delightful and warm and in a small way they make you realize that you, as a normal, non-topmodel person, can be the heroine in your own ‘normal’ life. In fact, you ARE the heroine in your life just as they are in theirs.
Just as I was sad at the time that The Vicar of Dibley had to end (see no. 3 in my Christmas list), so I was also sad that Miranda had to end. The two final episodes were aired on the BBC over Christmas and New Year’s.
Warning – if you watch the show and haven’t seen this final episode yet: be warned, spoilers ahead!
What I can already share is that the moment Miranda addressed her audience at the end of the show, I teared up as well…
So, yesterday’s last ever episode… it almost looked like she and Gary would never happen, that she was going for life without her man. I rejoiced in her newfound confidence and ‘not needing a man to be happy’ mode… but… she loves Gary! I wanted her to have it all: confidence and knowing who she is and independence from her overbearing mum and I wanted her to have Gary! It almost looked like she didn’t want to go for him anymore but luckily she came to her senses and she rushed to him to tell him she loved him. Luckily he felt the same way!
And so, they got married after all! Of course, just as in The Vicar of Dibley, this all happened somewhat faster than it might do in real life but the gist of it remains: Miranda finds independence and happiness with Gary! I was thrilled.