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The Dinner Party
7 January 2012
8.84 Million
Running time
Production code
Flash sideways
Centric character(s)
8.84 Million
Written by
Miranda Hart
Richard Hurst
Georgia Pritchett
Paul Powell
Paul Kerensa
Directed by
Supporting Characters
Joe Wilkinson - Norman (Traffic Warden)
Special Guest Star(s)
Celebrity Appearance(s)
Minor or Uncredited Roles
Sarah Flower - Yoga Instructor
Paul Kerensa - Customer
Glen Davies - Plumber
Joanna Neary - Childrens' Musical Playgroup Leader
Alice Hart - M&S Customer
Archive footage

The Dinner Party is the third episode of Series 3. It was broadcasted on Monday 7th January 2013, 9pm.


First by looking after a toddler, but the soft play centre is too much of a lure and she gets stuck in a kids' tunnel. Then, by hosting a dinner party for eight. It ends in inevitable chaos

Plot Edit

The Dinner Party is the third episode of the new series, focuses on Miranda’s relationship with Mike .

Miranda finds it hard to be her true self when she is with her new beau. She believes he will not accept her if he discovers she has friends made out of fruit and butter-squash, so instead she tries to appear sophisticated. She even buys a pashmina which takes her new-found sophistication to the next level. With determination she tries to keep cool and show Mike that she can be dignified. As she announces “Operation Maintain Dignity” is in operation!

Miranda’s washing machine breaks and she is forced to wear a skirt. Wait, it gets worse. Shortly after she complains that her underwear is uncomfortable because she washed them in the dishwasher. So… she decides to go commando. Wait, I know it’s hard to imagine but it can get worse. Miranda leaves the safety of her shop and goes outside. 

After many disastrous events that should never ever be spoken of again, she is told by Mike that his father wants to meet her and she offers to host a dinner party. To prove to Stevie , who constantly complains that she is immature and unable to cope on her own without her mother, she decides to cook a dinner party for eight guests.

Miranda ‘attempts’ to cook but after failing and to save her kitchen from complete and utter destruction she retreats to M&S and gathers supplies.

When Mike’s father arrives things are tense and to Miranda’s horror she realizes she has met him before. I cannot say where because I swore I would never speak of the scene ever again. Some things can never be forgotten. Continuing on, the dinner party begins and Mike’s father, Valerie puts everyone on edge with his cold comments. Thankfully Penny sticks up for Miranda against Valerie but even with Penny on her side the dinner party struggles to succeed.

Finally, with no option left, Miranda reveals to Mike about her true nature and to her surprise he does not run away. He replies that he has fallen in love with her. This could almost be a perfect moment but Gary stands in the background evidently unhappy with the outcome of the events.

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