I've never properly used the gardening and nectar-making skills so far, and after getting a lot of farm-related content from the store I decided to play a farming household in Riverview - but a Riverview made up to look a little like Champs Les Sims.
The household I decided to play is based on the BBC sitcom Miranda
, written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart. The sitcom has nothing to do with either France or gardening, but I've been wanting for some time to play a sim based on Miranda's character, because her personality translates so well into sim traits. So my household and a few townies will be based on characters from the show.
This is Miranda. She is clumsy, a couch potato, childish, a hopeless romantic and has a good sense of humour.
This is the character on the show. In the sitcom, she comes from a middle class family and went to a posh girls' boarding school, but doesn't want the kind of life her mother imagines for her (a respectable office job and respectable marriage). Instead she decides to open a joke shop. In my game she will decide she wants to be a nectar-maker.
Miranda keeps falling over or losing her clothes in public places - that's why I think she'd make a good sim:
This is Miranda's best friend Stevie. In the sitcom she's the manager of Miranda's joke shop; in my game she will be in charge of consigning the produce and nectar.
She is ambitious and flirty (in the sitcom she calls it "having The Allure".) She should be tiny, but I'm not using height sliders, so she's just thinner than Miranda.
And the third member of the household is Gary, a friend Miranda has long had a crush on. He works as a chef in the show, which is convenient because that profession exists in the game, and because cooking goes so well with gardening.
is a old-fashioned sitcom in many ways, inspired by BBC sitcoms from the seventies and eighties, but very different in one aspect: there are many female main characters, each of them funny in their own way, but only one main male character, whose role is not to be funny but to be the eye candy. That's Gary!
The non-household characters are:
Miranda's snobbish mum Penny who would love to arrange a good marriage for her:
I think that of the sim versions I made, Penny looks the most like the character:
And there's Tilly, Miranda's friend from the posh boarding school, who appears to be successful in life in the ways Penny would like Miranda to be.
In her case the sim I made doesn't really look like the actress. She has a distinctive face shape, but I found it hard to copy and in the end I settled on a sim whose face fits Tilly's snobbish and outgoing personality.