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Mrs. Brown's Boys. Image shows from L to R: Buster Brady (Danny O'Carroll), Grandad Brown (Dermot O'Neill), Dino Doyle (Gary Hollywood), Rory Brown (Rory Cowan), Cathy Brown (Jennifer Gibney), Mark Brown (Pat Shields), Betty Brown (Amanda Woods), Winnie McGoogan (Eilish O'Carroll), Dermot Brown (Paddy Houlihan), Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll), Maria Nicholson / Brown (Fiona O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC / BocPix.

Mrs. Brown's Boys

BBC One sitcom starring Brendan O'Carroll. 32 episodes (3 series), 2011 - 2018. Stars Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Paddy Houlihan, Rory Cowan and others.

Series 1, Episode 4 - Mammy Rides Again

Agnes and Winnie gatecrash Maria's hen party, but realise that they have the wrong venue. Later, having invited Maria's snooty mother Mrs Nicholson to dinner, a nervous Agnes shores up her confidence with alcohol, but chaos ensues as the evening proceeds.

Full synopsis

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Winnie McGoogan (Eilish O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC / BocPix.

It's the week of Dermot's fiancée, Maria Nicholson's, hen party, as the comedy written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll continues. Agnes Brown and her friend Winnie are excited about going ... until daughter Cathy tells them they are not invited because they are too old. Undeterred, Mrs Brown decides she'll crash the event and show the girls that she and Winnie are not too old to party. All she has to do is find out where the party is being held. Agnes thinks her luck is in when son Dermot tells her that the girls are meeting at local pub Foleys. But when Agnes bursts into the pub in full hen party attire it becomes clear that Dermot may have misinformed her.

That night, Agnes mistakenly invites Maria's snooty mother, Mrs Nicholson, to dinner. Finding out that Mrs Nicholson is so sophisticated that she has two toilets in her house, Agnes has one fitted in an understairs cupboard in order to impress her guest. Despite this, and despite drafting in Rory's cordon-bleu friend Dino to cook dinner, on the night Mrs Brown is incredibly nervous and turns to drink. With Mrs Brown increasingly desperate to delight Mrs Nicholson, the evening descends into chaos as the drink takes hold, the aftermath of Agnes's hen party mistake plays out, and Grandad decides to go to the toilet in the wrong cupboard.


This episode was scheduled to begin at 22:35 but was delayed due to earlier over-running programmes.

Broadcast details

Monday 14th March 2011
30 minutes


  1. Monday 14th March 2011 at 11:05pm on BBC1 Wales
  2. Friday 23rd September 2011 at 11:05pm on BBC1
  3. Saturday 24th September 2011 at 12:15am on BBC1 Scot
  4. Saturday 7th July 2012 at 10:20pm on BBC1
  5. Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 9:00pm on Gold
  6. Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 11:40pm on Gold
  7. Friday 24th May 2013 at 10:20pm on Gold
  8. Saturday 25th May 2013 at 9:20pm on Gold
  9. Tuesday 25th June 2013 at 9:40pm on Gold
  10. Wednesday 26th June 2013 at 12:20am on Gold
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 at 9:00pm on Gold
  12. Saturday 27th July 2013 at 10:00pm on BBC1
  13. Sunday 28th July 2013 at 9:00pm on Gold
  14. Thursday 3rd October 2013 at 9:00pm on Gold
  15. Friday 4th October 2013 at 1:10am on Gold
  16. Tuesday 12th November 2013 at 10:20pm on Gold
  17. Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 9:40pm on Gold
  18. Saturday 24th May 2014 at 10:30pm on BBC1
  19. Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 10:00pm on Gold
  20. Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at 9:20pm on Gold
  21. Friday 1st May 2015 at 9:30pm on BBC1
  22. Friday 4th September 2015 at 10:00pm on Gold
  23. Saturday 5th September 2015 at 9:00pm on Gold
  24. Tuesday 20th October 2015 at 10:40pm on Gold
  25. Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 9:20pm on Gold
  26. Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 9:55pm on Gold
  27. Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 9:10pm on Gold
  28. Tuesday 25th October 2016 at 10:05pm on Gold
  29. Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 9:20pm on Gold
  30. Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 9:40pm on Gold
  31. Friday 24th March 2017 at 9:00pm on Gold
  32. Friday 21st July 2017 at 10:35pm on Gold
  33. Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 9:40pm on Gold
  34. Saturday 19th August 2017 at 9:35pm on BBC1
  35. Saturday 16th September 2017 at 9:35pm on BBC1
  36. Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 10:40pm on Gold
  37. Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 9:20pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Brendan O'Carroll Agnes Brown
Jennifer Gibney Cathy Brown
Paddy Houlihan Dermot Brown
Rory Cowan Rory Brown
Eilish O'Carroll Winnie McGoogan
Danny O'Carroll Buster Brady
Fiona O'Carroll Maria Nicholson / Brown
Amanda Woods Betty Brown
Dermot O'Neill Grandad Brown
Sorcha Cusack Hillary Nicholson
Gary Hollywood Dino Doyle
Emily Reagan (as Emily Regan) Barbara
Guest cast
Joe Conlan Plumber
Gary Lilburn Father Quinn
Helen Spain Widow Murphy
Writing team
Brendan O'Carroll Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Script Editor
Production team
Ben Kellett Director
Stephen McCrum Producer
Martin Delany Producer
Justin Healy Executive Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Iain McDonald Production Designer
Andy O'Callaghan Composer

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