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Christmas 2016 - Mammy's Forest

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Image shows from L to R: Maria Nicholson / Brown (Fiona O'Carroll), Dermot Brown (Paddy Houlihan), Buster Brady (Danny O'Carroll), Cathy Brown (Jennifer Gibney), Trevor Brown (Martin Delany), Dino Doyle (Gary Hollywood), Grandad Brown (Dermot O'Neill), Mark Brown (Pat Shields), Bono Brown (Jamie O'Carroll), Betty Brown (Amanda Woods)
Agnes Brown has had enough hassle with Christmas trees to last a lifetime, so this year she refuses to have one.

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Something isn't quite right in the Brown household this Christmas. Agnes Brown has had enough hassle with Christmas trees to last a lifetime, so this year she refuses to have one. But with Grandad's health a worry for everyone, is there something else missing this Christmas apart from just the tree?

Meanwhile, a fire at Wash and Blow leaves Rory and Dino with nowhere to cut hair - until Mrs Brown steps in. And Dermot faces stiff competition to win a contract. But is business-partner Buster also up to the challenge?

Broadcast details

Date
Sunday 25th December 2016
Time
10:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
35 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 31st December 2016 9:35pm BBC1
Sunday 1st January 2017 12:30am BBC1 Scot
Friday 24th November 2017 9:30pm BBC1
Friday 14th December 2018 9:30pm BBC1

Cast & crew

Cast
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
Conor Moloney Father Damien
Emily Reagan (as Emily Regan) Barbara
Fiona Gibney Sharon McGoogan
Guest cast
Derek Reddin Dr Flynn
Martin Delany Trevor Brown
Jamie O'Carroll Bono Brown
Mike Nolan Mr Foley
Mark Sheridan Gunter
James Benson Mr Rabbit
Writing team
Brendan O'Carroll Writer
Adam Kay Script Editor
Production team
Ben Kellett Director
Justin Healy Executive Producer
Ewan Angus Executive Producer
James Farrell Series Producer
Fiona Gibney Producer
Tracy McParland Producer
Eddie Doyle Executive Producer
Steven Canny Executive Producer
Brendan O'Carroll Executive Producer
Martin Delany Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Iain McDonald Production Designer
Andy O'Callaghan Composer
Nicky Bligh Casting Director
Helen Cannon Make-up Designer
Richard Jarret Lighting Designer

Video

2016 Christmas Special trailer

There's no such thing as 'a quiet Christmas at home' in Mammy's house!

Featuring: Brendan O'Carroll (Agnes Brown) & Dermot O'Neill (Grandad Brown).

Press

I decided not to lazily write off Mrs Brown's Boys. It remains absurdly successful, despite critics having generally trashed Brendan O'Carroll's creation as demeaning, cheap, grotesque, simplistic to the point of catalepsy, savagely lacking in wit. So I watched it, and was surprised. It's all of these insults, yes, but the immersive experience is actually, shockingly, worse than expected. Sentimental to retching-point, homophobic, itch-lousy with single entendres, somehow managing to be both twee and vulgar, achingly unfunny, it made The Vicar of Dibley look like Father Ted.

I suspect those of us in our high ivory metropolitan-elite towers (translation: humans who paid even nugatory attention to at least one class in school) missed a trick in 2016: the popularity of this shameless excrescence (I can now write it off after due diligence), which was voted by Radio Times readers the best sitcom of the 21st century, should have given a huge clue to the Brexit vote.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 1st January 2017

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