Mrs. Brown's Boys - In The Press

Mrs Brown's Boys star Gary Hollywood has confirmed he and the cast have just completed recording their two Christmas specials for the BBC.

Written by Beverley Lyons. The Daily Record, 5th October 2015

Fiona, who plays daughter Maria in Mrs Brown's Boys, was stopped on the tarmac at Glasgow Airport yesterday and told she was not allowed travel.

Written by Robert Hynes. The Daily Mirror, 18th September 2015

That's nice! A crowd of Mrs Brown lookalikes invaded Finglas and set a world record for dressing up as the comedy character....

Independent Ireland, 20th July 2015

Fictional matriarch Mrs Brown has urged Ireland to vote yes in the upcoming gay marriage referendum.

Written by Claire Williamson. Belfast Telegraph, 28th April 2015

Brendan O'Carroll reveals the influence his own mother had in helping him create Mrs Brown's Boys.

Written by Brian Beacom. The Big Issue, 17th March 2015

Brendan O'Carroll's stage shows are so successful they generate enough revenue to make a serious dent in the Irish National debt. But in the build up to Mother's Day, how much did the Dubliner's own mother Maureen O'Carroll play in his success?

Glasgow Evening Times, 13th March 2015

Mrs Brown's Boys collected the comedy prize at the National Television Awards tonight, beating shows such as Outnumbered and The Big Bang Theory.

Independent Ireland, 22nd January 2015

The Queen has been toppled from the number one spot of the Christmas Day ratings by BBC One sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys in the consolidated viewing figures published on Friday.

Written by John Plunkett. The Guardian, 2nd January 2015

Brendan O'Carroll has revealed he's signed up to make Christmas specials of Mrs Brown's Boys until 2020.

Written by Maeve Quigley and Olivia Buxton. The Daily Mirror, 2nd January 2015

Potty-mouthed mirth-fest Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC One) is much-maligned by critics but adored by audiences. So in the interests of sort-of-scientific testing, I watched the New Year's Day special while keeping a tally of how many times I laughed. I can tell you're on the edge of your seats, so I'll cut straight to my findings: three snorts of the "that's vaguely amusing, I suppose" variety; two grunts that didn't turn into chuckles; and two smirks. Not a great return on my 35 minutes but not as bad as feared. I didn't count the tuts, sighs and eye-rolls because it didn't seem in the spirit of the season.

Written by Michael Hogan. The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 2015

Mammy is on edge after a spate of burglaries, and with good reason when her telly and precious armchair go missing. Buster offers to install an alarm system and series of grilles - and much hilarity ensues.

In other news, Cathy is feeling broody and plans a visit to a London fertility clinic, leading to some classic malapropisms from Mammy. When Dermot is refused a bank loan, Mammy takes on her hoity in-law Hilliary (Susie Blake) to win 10,000 euros in a pub poker tournament. And look out for an inspired new use for an iPad.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 1st January 2015

The 59-year-old comedian suffered with crippling pain due to his dental implants but he says it hasn't put him off the procedure.

Written by Olivia Buxton. The Daily Mirror, 31st December 2014

Mrs Brown's Boys was the most watched programme on Christmas Day as 7.6 million viewers tuned in to see Brendan O'Carroll's festive special.

Written by Tufayel Ahmed. The Daily Mirror, 26th December 2014

Agnes Brown cleaned up last year - not her potty mouth, of course, but in the Christmas Day ratings battle, confounding her detractors and reeling in 9.2 million viewers as the night's most watched show.

In the first of two jaunty festive editions, Mammy is singed by her Christmas tree, believes Rory is having a sex change, and gets a huge laugh from her misuse - in front of two priests - of what is best described on this page as a marital aid. As ever the most satisfying moments come when the cast break the "fourth wall", leaving in a fluffed line from Eilish O'Carroll (Winnie) and teasing Jennifer Gibney (Cathy) about her early exit from Strictly.

Patrick Mulkern, The Radio Times, 25th December 2014

Last year it was potty-mouth Agnes Brown and her funny family who won the festive ratings war, so she has a lot to live up to this time round in what could be one of the last of the disfunctional Dubliner's TV appearances.

After all, she and her alter-ego Brendan O'Carroll are movie stars now.

Again the Christmas tree almost deserves an acting credit as chaos reigns in the front room. The arrival of a large box for Cathy has Agnes intrigued, and Rory announces that husband Dino is buying him plastic surgery for Christmas.

Things go from bad to worse when Agnes gets the wrong end of the stick about exactly what sort of nips and tucks we're talking about.

And Buster Brady delivers Agnes that magical new Christmas tree which is sure to restore her festive spirit. If only it would co-operate...

Carl Greenwood, The Daily Mirror, 24th December 2014

The Christmas special is some mildly amusing if unsatisfying comedy that's an easy watch if you want to put something on the TV, but this is a present that's best put back under the tree.

Written by Callum Humphreys. On The Box, 24th December 2014

Brendan O'Carroll has denied reports that Mrs Brown's Boys won't return for any more full series.

Written by Harry Fletcher. Digital Spy, 19th December 2014

Whatever you may think of this vulgar panto-style Irish sitcom, it was d'most watched programme of last Christmas. Duly, the BBC has re-invested in two more specials packed with double entendres, ad libs, and actors corpsing. Tonight, following a spate of burglaries, Mammy invests in a "state of the art" alarm system from Buster Brady. True, this is a very uncool show, but it is end-of-the-pier stuff done as well as you're likely to see without an actual pier. It also contains a good joke about the merits of newspapers versus iPads.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 19th December 2014

TV Choice caught up with Gary Hollywood, who plays Rory's boyfriend, gay crimper Dino in the series, to find out what the cast have been up to over the past twelve months, how he'll be spending the festive season, and what the next few years have in store...

Written by Cecile Metcalf. TV Choice, 9th December 2014

Brendan O'Carroll has said no to another series and ruled out a sequel to big-screen hit Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, son Danny claims.

Written by Adelina Campos. The Daily Record, 7th December 2014

Gary Hollywood, who struggled to keep a straight face on set, reveals that the biggest star of this year's special is the Christmas tree.

Written by Marion Scott. The Daily Record, 26th October 2014

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll turned down a chance for Mrs Brown to tango on hit show Strictly Come Dancing, he has revealed.

Written by Lynne Kelleher. The Daily Mirror, 22nd September 2014

Mrs Brown's Boys is heading back on the road in 2015 with a huge arena tour in the spring, summer and winter.

Written by Alex Fletcher. Digital Spy, 30th June 2014

Gary Hollywood will be the mainstay of a spin-off comedy set inside Wash & Blow, the fictional hair salon in Mrs Brown's Boys. Writer Brendan O'Carroll will also star as shop owner Mario while Rory Cowan will continue as Dino's husband Rory Brown.

Written by Marion Scott. The Daily Record, 29th June 2014

Mrs Brown has not only conquered British TV - she's now a worldwide superstar with DVD sales topping five million.

Written by Marion Scott. Daily Record, 22nd June 2014

Older Press Clippings