Miranda

I have a new TV addiction: the BBC comedy Miranda.

If you've never seen it, I recommend that you start right now. Seriously. It'll be worth it.

Miranda is a farcical sitcom about a 30-something joke shop owner/walking disaster called, unsurprisingly, Miranda. As in the official show description, she is 6'1 and has been called 'sir' one too many times in her life. Her mother is eager to marry her off, Pride and Prejudice style, she no really gets her old boarding school friends, and her long-term (but totally over it) guy-she-fancies Gary has just become the chef at the cafe next door.

And it's fantastic. It took me a couple of episodes to get used to the style of it (complete with directly addressing the viewer), but once I did, I was completely in love. Although she is amazing in many ways, Miranda is not conventionally attractive by TV terms. Her interactions with the gorgeous Gary feature prominently in the show, but it hardly focuses on her desire to find a man, or on a kind of fabulous "Sex and the City"-esque lifestyle. She's a female TV character who feels entirely unglamorous and entirely real (and who, shock horror, manages to get the gorgeous Gary's affection without a sexy makeover or any attempts to change herself whatsoever). Her main interactions on the show are with her mother, her short best friend/shop manager, and an old friend from boarding school -- interactions and relationships between women are very much the focus, and we're not asked to laugh at the ridiculous bits of this, thinking "aren't women silly," but laugh with them.

And of course, it comes with the greatest recommendation of all: it is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. Such fun! Can't wait for more.