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Series 1, Episode 5 - Mammy Of The Groom

With his wedding only days away and tensions running high, Dermot suffers some pre-wedding jitters and takes refuge in a cupboard. Will Agnes be able to coax her son out in time for his nuptials? Meanwhile, Cathy gives her mother a book on homosexuality, leading Agnes to wonder who in her family is gay.

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Mrs. Brown's Boys. Image shows from L to R: Dermot Brown (Paddy Houlihan), Maria Nicholson / Brown (Fiona O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC / BocPix

Dermot and Maria's wedding is just days away and tensions are running high in the Brown household, as the comedy written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll continues. The groom is getting cold feet and his best man, Buster, can't find anything good to say about Dermot in his speech. To cap it all Agnes Brown is mystified as to why her daughter Cathy has given her a book on homosexuality. Is she trying to tell her mother that one of the family is gay?

When Dermot's pre-marriage nerves get the better of him, he does what he always does when stressed: he locks himself in the cupboard. Father Quinn is bemused to have to give Maria and Dermot their pre-marriage talk in slightly unusual circumstances - with the mother of the groom in attendance and the groom in the cupboard. If Dermot won't reappear for the priest, how on earth is Agnes going to persuade him to come out in time for his wedding?

Meanwhile, Agnes Brown goes on a hunt for the homosexual in the family. Eventually she realises who it is. With help from Cathy and a greetings card, Agnes reassures them, and herself, as only she can.


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

Broadcast details

Monday 21st March 2011
30 minutes


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Date Time Channel
Monday 21st March 2011 11:05pm BBC1 Wales
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Wednesday 29th May 2013 9:00pm Gold
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Saturday 7th June 2014 10:30pm BBC1
Tuesday 28th April 2015 10:00pm Gold
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Saturday 26th August 2017 9:35pm BBC1
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Cast & crew

Brendan O'Carroll Agnes Brown
Jennifer Gibney Cathy Brown
Paddy Houlihan Dermot Brown
Rory Cowan Rory Brown
Pat Shields (as Pat 'Pepsi' Shields) Mark 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
Gary Hollywood Dino Doyle
Guest cast
Gary Lilburn Father Quinn
Andy Wilkinson (as Smug Roberts) Mr Foley
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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