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Miranda Hart webchat: Wednesday 17 October, 1-2pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Oct-12 12:50:45

Finally... and in response to popular demand, we're delighted to announce Miranda will be joining us for a webchat on Wednesday at 1pm. In her first book, Is it Just Me? Miranda shares a wealth of awkward experiences that have punctuated her life, from fashion choices, through to first dates and getting to grips with the etiquette of spa days.

Send your questions to Miranda and share with her your own awkward moments in life. After the webchat we'll ask Miranda to choose her favourite and the winner will receive a signed copy of her book.

cleeve6 Mon 15-Oct-12 18:22:16

Hello Miranda, we are all huge fans of Miranda on TV and can't wait for series 3! Also looking forward to reading the book. Q from my DD (10) - does it annoy you when people get you and Miranda the character mixed up?

My own embarrassing moment - came home one night drunk as a monkey after a couple of glasses of wine and forgot to close the outer door of the 2 doors to my flat. Only realised this when I threw open the inner door to pick up the post next morning - to find my very elderly next door neighbours chatting to the postie. Of course I was stark naked, why else would it be embarrassing?? blush

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Mon 15-Oct-12 19:12:35

Oh embarrassing moment is waaay easier than thinking of an intelligent question!

20 years ago, sharing a house with sister. Had a day off and took a long bath while sister out. Doorbell rang, so waited to see if they'd go away. Nope, more doorbell.
So wrapped a towel around myself and ran to front door - bathroom being on ground floor at the back.

Only made it as far as the ultra slippery laminate in the middle room before a foot went out from under me and I'm flat on my back, legs akimbo, towel somewhere behind me.

At which point there's a polite rap on the window behind me as my sister's boyfriend's mother is dropping off a present for her birthday the next day.

And she made it even worse by saying 'don't worry dear, I'm a nurse I've seen it all' when I finally made it to the back door to let her in.

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Mon 15-Oct-12 19:14:04

Oh, and then there was the time I accidentally vomited in the hood of the vicar's son's coat..

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Mon 15-Oct-12 19:15:13

And the dead mouse in my handbag in john Lewis.

I think I'd better leave the thread now before more memories break through the years of repression...

Badgerparade Mon 15-Oct-12 19:26:09

Hi Miranda - a hearty hello to you!smile. My son (12) has autism and generally struggles with humour but always laughs out loud when watching your show (as do I)so thank you to you.
His question for you is: What have you done today to make you feel proud?

ElectricSoftParade Mon 15-Oct-12 19:26:44

Miranda! Such fun smile. I am a recent fan and must watch the earlier shows, lucky me!

My most embarrassing moment was about 10 days after DD was born. I wasn't feeling quite right "down there" so went to see the GP. He instructs me to get up on the bed, pops his gloves on, lubes up and inserted his fingers into me and then told me to cough. I did and farted right in his face blush. He made a "erm" noise and backed up pretty sharpish!

The poor man is still my GP and I am sure he, as I do, think of it each time I see him.

cocolepew Mon 15-Oct-12 19:29:10

Oh, very good question from Badgers DS envy.

cocolepew Mon 15-Oct-12 19:31:08

You know the magazines you collect and put in a folder? Well someone sent Falklands ones up for my nephew.

On one page is my dad and turn over and there's Miranda with her dad. My DDs were totally confused.

mumnosbest Mon 15-Oct-12 19:54:01

i loooooove you! I read the jennifer worth books years ago and imagined Chummy just how you played her. you were brilliant! please say the 2nd series will be coming soon. Hope there's an episode about you and 'the ships woman'.

My most cringe worthy moment on a training course. I got talking to an older , well respected man and said "you wont remember me but I went to school with your son". "oh yes" he said,in front of my boss and colleagues "you're the girl who got drunk and broke my toilet seat". i'm in my 30s now, very sensible and i swear i didn't do it blush

my question: what's your most cringe worthy moment?

noyouhavehadawee Mon 15-Oct-12 19:56:08

ha my question was supposed to be the same as Badgers ds but as you can see way down thread i totally cocked that up spelling typos and generally getting the words wrong - I actually sing them (wrong) words to my colleagues at work as well, dear god shoot me now - embarrasing enough for you? blush. Can i win the book / a book now?

ScarePhyllis Mon 15-Oct-12 21:00:36

Hi! I'd like to know what your process is for writing an episode of the show and how long you reckon it takes you to write a single one. I know you write it with other people and I guess you probably never stop tinkering with things up to the point of filming - but just curious to know how you approach it.

I think the thing I like best about your character is that she is fun and has fun, which you rarely see in all these dreary sitcoms about women who want to find a bloke. So thank you for creating a character that I look at, and think, "I'd like to be friends with her!"

The memory I still cringe at is when, as a teenager, I was persuaded by my parents to dress up (in one of my mother's jumpsuits hmm) as Challenge Anneka for a family-friends-and-neighbours fancy dress party. What the UTTER BASTARDS failed to mention to me was that she had recently been voted Rear of the Year, as I swiftly found out when I was greeted with cries of "Show us your arse!" and pervy arse jokes all evening long. My parents thought it was hysterical.

It was a toxic cocktail of teenage body-angst, acute consciousness of being ridiculously attired, plus rage at parental schadenfreude - and will be taken into consideration when I choose their nursing home. grin

Faverolles Mon 15-Oct-12 21:14:48

Hi Miranda smile
I'm not telling my 11yo son about this webchat, or he'd refuse to go to school. He loves you, and in moments of strop often asks that you could be his mother rather than me! (In moments of strop, you are very welcome to him - he is generally quite helpful and friendly. If you want him, I'll pop him in the post)

My question is: describe your perfect Saturday night?

My most excrutiating moment was at an ice cream van when I was around 16, and asking for a 69er. blush The ice cream man sniggered and said "we don't serve them here, love" blush

BettySuarez Mon 15-Oct-12 22:01:38

Miranda, like you my most embarrassing moments in life have tended to involve farting.

I once farted at a job interview.

So my question is, do you have any tips for dealing with poorly timed wind? And have you ever 'queefed'?

aristocat Mon 15-Oct-12 22:28:20

We love you here too almost as much as my Mother-in-Law who thinks you are fabulous.

I would like to ask you what your favourite book is at the moment.

bringbacksideburns Mon 15-Oct-12 22:29:24

I have had many excrutiating moments in my life sadly!

There was the time i had to act in a Classical Studies play at school, and was so relieved to get back behind the curtain, as my legs were shaking so much, i sat on the first available chair i saw - which happened to be on the very edge of the stage, so i crashed about 4 feet down on to the floor, breaking the chair and filling the entire hall with an almighty crash. Everyone in the audience started giggling and knew it was me because i didn't join the curtain call - but the singularly most embarrassing moment so far has to be the incident with the small dog and the Tampon.

I was on holiday in Greece and (TMI gross alert) having my period. I had changed the Tampon, wrapped it up and put it in a plastic bag under my sun lounger on the beach. There must have been some reason why i couldn't dispose of it at the time and i think i was looking for a bin. It was a long time ago, i can't remember! Anyway, there were some very cool Hippy Surfy types sitting nearby with a Terrier. I didn't realise this dog was sniffing around until it was too late, and then i saw it had disturbed the Tampon from the bag and was playing with it like a mouse, up and down the beach, and wouldn't let it go. Then it kept coming back to me and i had to pretend i was asleep. The cool people were laughing and i ended up shouting at my boyfriend and blaming him for it. confused

Moving on, my question would be : I am a huge fan of Eric Morecambe and have read you are too. I would like to ask what your most favourite ever Morecambe and Wise sketch was?

StrawberrytallCAKE Tue 16-Oct-12 05:01:02

Hi Miranda. I love you.

I went to a posh girls school with many girls like Tilly and think you have captured them all perfectly in one character. Do you make up the words she uses or are they words you have actually heard people use? I have heard many...lots of shenans, words that you just put 'bob' on the end of. I still don't know why they do it but at 30+ it's an ongoing thing.

Absolutely going to out myself now. On a school field trip (at 14) I was put in a room with girls who were more popular than me and I was desperate to make them like me. They were running around the room 'breaking wind' constantly and loudly on each other and they thought it was 'hilair', wanting to join in I waited for my moment, jumped on the bed and lifted my legs up but unfortunately I had the beginnings of a tummy bug so the outcome was a little more explosive and I had to rush to the toilet. I didn't become popular and when everyone else got the shits they also knew where it had come from.

runawaysimba Tue 16-Oct-12 06:03:22

Oh! Kiwi fan here, debating whether to get up with the time difference ... Wanted to say that the episode where Miranda and her mother are in the therapist's office after the ice cream incident is one of my favourite half-hours of telly, ever. Cry laughing every time I see it.
I have blanked my embarrassing moments from my mind, but wanted to ask if you'll ever do what I call QI? With David Mitchell, preferably.

Pinkforever Tue 16-Oct-12 09:24:28

Hi miranda-my question is-how do you feel about not being the atypical sized woman?

ps-you are my secret girl crush and I would love a virtual kissblush

iseenodust Tue 16-Oct-12 09:28:15

My most unseemly moment was skiing and not being able to turn so going straight into a large pile of snow. I went in so far and so deep the weight of the snow on my legs meant I couldn't move apart from my arms. so I'm flailing like a turtle. A complete stranger came to my rescue and offered me a ski pole to pull me out. Very nice of him, only I was a bit heavy so he ended up grabbing me from behind under the armpits and wrestling me out.

My question is 'expensive chocolate in moderation or cheap chocolate in quantity, discuss'

Willemdefoeismine Tue 16-Oct-12 09:55:39

Hi Miranda, we love you in our house and I personally really can identify with your character in 'Miranda'!

My most embarrassing moment was when I was a pre-baby singleton. I was commuting home going up the escalator on the Northern Line and my short, floaty, summer dress blew up round my face (in the wind) revealing a great expanse of flesh and my g-string. I was svelte in those days so it could have been a helluva lot worse but for the fact that my next door neighbour (a fifty-something year old man) was standing right behind me. It taught me a salutary lesson about flaunting my assets in skimpy underwear!

jubjubbird Tue 16-Oct-12 10:07:48

O Miranda I do love you.

I must tell you how inspiring and useful your character's habit of asides to the camera are. When I'm in an awkward situation I do a little aside to myself ("bit thick"... "little nervous"..."what was that?!") and I feel slightly more normal again. Most encouraging.

My most humiliating moment has to be when I was doing a big presentation for my degree and I was excruciatingly nervous. So much so that I tried hard to think about something else while I was talking. Bad, bad idea, as in my daydream I noticed that my shoes were a bit dirty so I stopped talking to bend down and give it a good clean whilst saying "dirty, dirty shoes". I heard someone clearing their throat only to realise I was indeed still in the middle of a presentation on the stage, and had stopped to chant and clean my shoes and must have looked completely insane.

My question: Most comedians seem to be men. Is this a confidence thing, and if so how can we give our daughters the confidence to find their inner comedian?

ManifestingMingeHooHoosAgain Tue 16-Oct-12 10:15:42

So you are doing one of those things I like to call a web-chat are you? Sorry

I am just going to fawn a little if that's ok.

As a comedically short person, I love the slapstick in your show. And I really admire the sheer lack of vanity in writing yourself some really embarrassing scenes which really tap into the stuff that scary dreams are made of - public wind, being seen in your pants, the fake conference speaker which just spiralled out of control grin

My question - are you planning to do any more straight acting? I really enjoyed watching you in Call the Midwife.

BettySuarez Tue 16-Oct-12 11:22:09

iseenodust pmsl grin

aaaaagh Tue 16-Oct-12 11:32:45

Hello Miranda, I have just ordered your book for my mum for her birthday because I always think it's best to buy something you want yourself for your mum because then you can pinch it borrow it afterwards! We loved watching you go mountain climbing with Bear. My question is - How the hell do you manage to keep a straight face when you are filming? And have you ever felt the need to slap Lee Mack? I'm quite sure he's very naughty as well as being hilarious! And can you say hello to Sally Phillips from Katherine and Trevor Penton please (it's been yonky doodles since we saw her last!)
Sorry that was 3 questions!!! ;-)

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Tue 16-Oct-12 11:39:21

Hurrah, I finally managed to think of a question:

In the format of Miranda, you've gone back to an older style of acknowledging the camera, and the 'you have been watching' at the end is lovely. It totally works but was quite a gamble I would have thought - was it your plan and why?

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