British Comedy Guide

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 'Pepsi' 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. 28 episodes (3 series), 2011 - 2016. Stars Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Paddy Houlihan, Rory Cowan, Pat Shields, Eilish O'Carroll, Danny O'Carroll and others.

New special at Christmas.
(Series 1, Episode is repeated on Gold on Tuesday at 10:05pm)

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.

Broadcast details

Monday 14th March 2011
30 minutes
2.99 million viewers (22.40% audience share)

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.


  1. Monday 14th March 2011 at 23.05 on BBC1 Wales
  2. Friday 23rd September 2011 at 23.05
  3. Saturday 24th September 2011 at 00.15 on BBC1 Scot
  4. Saturday 7th July 2012 at 22.20
  5. Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 21.00 on Gold
  6. Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 23.40 on Gold
  7. Friday 24th May 2013 at 22.20 on Gold
  8. Saturday 25th May 2013 at 21.20 on Gold
  9. Tuesday 25th June 2013 at 21.40 on Gold
  10. Wednesday 26th June 2013 at 00.20 on Gold
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 at 21.00 on Gold
  12. Saturday 27th July 2013 at 22.00
  13. Sunday 28th July 2013 at 21.00 on Gold
  14. Thursday 3rd October 2013 at 21.00 on Gold
  15. Friday 4th October 2013 at 01.10 on Gold
  16. Tuesday 12th November 2013 at 22.20 on Gold
  17. Wednesday 13th November 2013 at 21.40 on Gold
  18. Saturday 24th May 2014 at 22.30
  19. Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 22.00 on Gold
  20. Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at 21.20 on Gold
  21. Friday 1st May 2015 at 21.30
  22. Friday 4th September 2015 at 22.00 on Gold
  23. Saturday 5th September 2015 at 21.00 on Gold
  24. Tuesday 20th October 2015 at 22.40 on Gold
  25. Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 21.20 on Gold
  26. Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 21.55 on Gold
  27. Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 21.10 on Gold
  28. Tuesday 25th October 2016 at 22.05 on Gold
  29. Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 21.20 on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Brendan O'Carroll Agnes Brown
Jennifer Gibney Cathy Brown
Paddy Houlihan Dermot Brown
Rory Cowan Rory Brown (Hair Stylist)
Eilish O'Carroll Winnie McGoogan
Danny O'Carroll Buster Brady
Fiona O'Carroll Maria Nicholson / Brown (Nurse)
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 Exec Producer
Mark Freeland Exec Producer
Iain McDonald Production Designer
Andy O'Callaghan Composer
Mark Lawrence Editor

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