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She’s one of those people with the Marmite factor – folk either love Miranda Hart or dislike her.
Thankfully, mostofusfall into theformercategoryratherthanthelatter, andfindher effervescentsenseofhumour rather infectious.
T h e i mage Mira n d a projects on the screen is that of an overgrown child – but the latest episode ( Miranda Sunday, BBC1 One, 9pm) sees her trying to prove she can behave as an adult. It’s a task that is easier said than done... Miranda thinks that everyone will beconvincedof her new, grown- up approach to life if she can successfully take care of a toddler and host a dinner party for eight people.
Unfortunately, the youngster inside her can’t resist a soft play area, so instead of encouraging the toddler to climb on the obstacles, she ends up in an embarrassing predicament on the play equipment.
And as for the dinner party... well, youcanprobablyim- agine the chaos that ensues
Given his critically acclaimedturnsinShaneMeadows’ This is England saga, it’s little wonder ex- Emmerdale star Joseph Gilgun has seen his star rise so much in the past 12 months.
As clunky as Luc Besson’s erratic sci- fi yarn Lockout was, Gilgun’s psycho inmate proved to be great value for money, while his swaggering turns in Misfits were also good reason to watch E4’ s Asbo X- Men saga.
Now he’s back on the box intheBBC’sanswertoJohnny Deppsaga FromHell, the tale of Victorian- era CSIs tracking down Jack the Ripper, and emulative killers ( Ripper Street ( Sunday, BBC One, 9pm).
The latest case involves Ernest Manby, a 60- year- old toymaker beaten to death for a mysterious brass box and a few pennies.
Prime suspect is Thomas Gower, a 14- year- old boy who refuses to deny the charge, but orphanage governess Deborah Goren persuades Reid that the lad is innocent. Digging deeper, our hero uncoversaviciouschildgangandits brutal master.
When this series first hit ourscreensin2011,( Deathin Paradise, Tuesday, BBCOne, 9pm) it focused on a straitlaced policeman who was confronted by a situation he didn’t feel comfortable with, in this case a secondment to a Caribbean island whose residentsarerathermorelaid back than he’d like them to be.
Gradually, wesawhimsettle in and, thanks to the consummate skill of lead actor Ben Miller, we learned to love the show.
So we’re pleased to see it back for a new run - not least because its depictions of hot weather should warm up our wintery nights.
Miller returns as policeman Richard Poole who, along with histeam, mustdiscoverwhohas lethally wedged a machete into thebackofformersugarplantation owner Roger Seymour.
Back i n February, then new series Pramface may have reached the parts that other TV shows didn’t.
Now it’s back for a new series ( Pramface, Tuesday, BBC Three, 10pm) , and once more Laura ( Scarlett Alice Johnson) andJamie( SeanMichael Verey) are struggling to cope with the everyday challenges of raising their baby.
A big family event is the last thing they need, but with the christening looming, they have to bite the bullet, despite being nowhere near ready for it.
As ever with sitcoms, it’s often the peripheral characters that steal the limelight, and Mike ( Dylan Edwards) has a good go.