‘Every morning I’d be woken at 6am by the sound of the dockers’ clogs as they trudged past.After work, they’d come into the bar for a beer and sometimes there’d be terrible fights.‘We wanted to see whether she did it the correct way – tea first, milk second – just as my TV mum would,’ recalled Miranda.‘Then, when the scones arrived, everyone held their breath to see if she put the jam or the cream on first.’ Patricia herself was blissfully unaware she was being watched.Patricia reveals it was doing the role on radio that she learnt to ‘go with the madness of it all’.And on TV, she says, ‘It’s become like a rock concert with queues of people trying to get into the recordings. People fall off their seats laughing, so we have to stop filming.After the British Comedy Awards they all went back to Miranda’s place – ‘and toasted ourselves with cups of tea and chocolate creme eggs.’Patricia is a huge fan of Miranda Hart.Even on the radio she was in awe of the magic she worked on the show’s studio audience ‘without all the physical stuff she does on TV’.
Refreshment, it seems, is important to the Miranda team.
Everywhere Patricia Hodge goes, people quote her giddy catchphrase – ‘Such fun! It comes from her role as Miranda Hart’s pushy and downright embarrassing mother, Penny, in the eponymous BBC2 sitcom – a runaway hit that has triumphed at the British Comedy Awards and is due to return for a third series later this year. The show is in Brighton at the start of an eight-week tour and there are plans to transfer to London’s West End later this year.