Sitcom star Hart fears viewer pity
TV start Miranda Hart has revealed she is bringing her award-winning sitcom to a close because she does not want the main character to become an ill-fated older woman the audience grows to pity.
Hart, who is 42 tomorrow, is ending her popular BBC1 show Miranda after this year's festive specials, which will be broadcast on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The comedian, whose eponymous show about a joke-shop owner was first broadcast on BBC2 in 2009 before moving to BBC1, said last month that she has outgrown her sitcom alter-ego - and is even a little embarrassed by her.
And she told The Times' Review magazine: "I did consider writing a series four, but the rule of the sitcom is that the main character tries to learn and then they always go back to where they were.
"And with this sitcom it is a woman trying to come into her own and not always achieving that - and as a woman and as a feminist I hate the thought of her not coming into her own, as she becomes older ... you never want the audience to pity her. I couldn't bear the thought of it teetering."
Hart said it had been easy to kill off the show and was supported, but not encouraged, to do so by the BBC, but has since felt that "now I am doing it, and out and about talking about it, I am confused with myself and thinking 'what have I done?'"
She refused to reveal how the show will end, but said the main cast of characters, including Patricia Hodge, who plays her mother, Sarah Hadland, as her co-worker Stevie and Tom Ellis, who plays her love interest Gary Preston, will all feature in the final episodes.