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Christmas 2015 - Mammy's Widow's Memories

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Image shows from L to R: Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll), William Hunt (Robert Bathurst). Copyright: BBC / BocPix
When a handsome stranger appears in Foley's Pub, everyone presumes he must be after Cathy. But the stranger reveals he only has eyes for one special woman: Agnes Brown herself. Will Agnes go on her first date in years? And if she does, who's in for the bigger surprise: Agnes Brown, or the stranger?

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Broadcast details

Friday 1st January 2016
40 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 4th January 2016 10:35pm BBC1
Wednesday 6th January 2016 11:05pm BBC1 Scot
Friday 15th December 2017 9:30pm BBC1
Wednesday 8th December 2021 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 9th December 2021 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 15th December 2021 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 16th December 2021 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd December 2021 12:35am Gold
Wednesday 22nd December 2021 9:15pm Gold

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
Dermot O'Neill Grandad Brown
Gary Hollywood Dino Doyle
Conor Moloney Father Damien
Fiona Gibney Sharon McGoogan
Guest cast
Derek Reddin Dr Flynn
Mike Nolan Mr Foley
Robert Bathurst William Hunt
John Douglas Mr Gibney
Writing team
Brendan O'Carroll Writer
Production team
Ben Kellett Director
Stephen McCrum Producer
Martin Delany Producer
Justin Healy Executive Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Ewan Angus Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Iain McDonald Production Designer
Andy O'Callaghan Composer


Mammy's digestive problem

Agnes Brown is not the only person who wants a relaxing cup of tea and digestive biscuit.

Featuring: Brendan O'Carroll (Agnes Brown) & Rory Cowan (Rory Brown).

Mammy's date

Agnes Brown brings her new friend William home, and he discovers there's more to her than meets the eye.

Featuring: Brendan O'Carroll (Agnes Brown) & Jennifer Gibney (Cathy Brown).


Not to everyone's taste, but Mrs Brown's Boys is widely watched over the festive season. There's precious little concession to the holidays in this New Year special - more, as ever, a procession of near-the-knuckle jokes, delivered while the cast try their hardest (not always successfully) to avoid laughing. Tonight, Robert Bathurst guests as a surprise visitor to Foley's Bar. He has designs not on Kathy (who has "been on so many blind dates she needs a guide dog") but on Agnes Brown herself.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 1st January 2016

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