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Christmas 2016 - Chez Mammy

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Image shows from L to R: Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll), Gaston (Robbie Telfer)
Cathy has a new, French boyfriend. He doesn't make the best first impression, which might be an issue if he is to survive meeting Mrs Brown.

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Agnes Brown's grandson Bono is being bullied by a boy at school. And when Agnes makes matters worse, a mediation session is called.

Meanwhile, Cathy has a new, French boyfriend. He doesn't make the best first impression, which might be an issue if he is to survive meeting Mrs Brown.

Grandad is back from hospital. As well as a new stair-lift, he also has a prescription for medical marijuana. What could possibly go wrong?

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st January 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 10:45pm BBC1
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 11:45pm BBC1 Scot
Friday 1st December 2017 9:30pm BBC1
Saturday 16th January 2021 9:30pm BBC1
Thursday 8th December 2022 11:35pm Gold
Friday 9th December 2022 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 17th December 2022 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 18th December 2022 2:05am Gold
Friday 23rd December 2022 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 24th December 2022 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 7th December 2023 9:00pm Gold
Friday 8th December 2023 1:30am Gold
Monday 18th December 2023 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th December 2023 2:25am Gold
Saturday 23rd December 2023 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 24th December 2023 2:40am Gold

Cast & crew

Brendan O'Carroll Agnes Brown
Derek Reddin Dr Flynn
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
Susie Blake Hillary Nicholson
Gary Hollywood Dino Doyle
Conor Moloney Father Damien
Fiona Gibney Sharon McGoogan
Guest cast
Conor Gibney Garda Kingston
Stephen McConnell Garda Ferguson
Di Dougherty Mrs Curtain
Robbie Telfer Gaston
Jamie O'Carroll Bono Brown (Voice)
Writing team
Brendan O'Carroll Writer
Adam Kay Script Editor
Production team
Ben Kellett Director
Fiona Gibney Producer
Justin Healy Executive Producer
Ewan Angus Executive Producer
Steven Canny Executive Producer
Brendan O'Carroll Executive Producer
James Farrell Series Producer
Tracy McParland Producer
Eddie Doyle Executive Producer
Martin Delany Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Iain McDonald Production Designer
Yvonne Simpson Costume Designer
Andy O'Callaghan Composer
Nicky Bligh Casting Director
Katherine Hyland Costume Designer
Lee Wilmot Costume Designer
Hannah Ireland Costume Designer
Denise Coombes Costume Designer
Helen Spain Costume Designer
Helen Cannon Make-up Designer
Richard Jarret Lighting Designer


New Year Special trailer

Mrs Brown's grandson is being bullied by a boy at school; is Mammy the right person to help?

Mrs Brown's box

Winnie can't seem to find Mrs Brown.

Mrs Brown speaks too soon

The cast get their lines wrong - and they're not afraid to show it.


In a second interminable festive instalment of Mrs Brown's Boys, Agnes's grandson Bono is being bullied, so, erm, she decides to threaten to stab the bully in question at the school gates. Unsurprisingly, that inflames the situation, so a mediation session with the boy's mother is called, prior to which Agnes gets stoned on Grandad Brown's medical marijuana. As ever, the best bits are when the cast - mercifully - forget their lines.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 1st January 2017

Why you just don't get Mrs Brown's Boys

Can't fathom how Brendan O'Carroll's comedy became such a big hit at Christmas (and the rest of the year)? Sarah Doran investigates...

Sarah Doran, Radio Times, 1st January 2017

I hate this. Let me be clear on that. I hate it but include it here because I know it's wildly popular. This episode is called Chez Mammy and the audience laughs at the first two or three seconds when a cast member is simply sitting at the kitchen table reading a newspaper. Maybe, then, it's the audience I hate; they're only encouraging this type of thing! Or maybe I simply don't get the joke. Mrs Brown is brought to the door by two strapping policemen who say they found her wandering the streets confused, so thought it best to bring her home.

Everyone in your household, even your snoozing dad, your deaf budgie and your leftover New Year steak pie, will see the punchline coming: she just wanted a lift home with her shopping. And Bono is being bullied at school so Mrs Brown steps in - and makes it all worse. Elsewhere, jokes abound with a stair lift and some marijuana.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 1st January 2017

Mrs Brown: Jokes 20 years past their sell-by date

O'Carroll's speech about bullying had me retrospectively wishing I hadn't loathed what had gone before. Yet the irony was that for the previous 30 minutes the viewer had been menaced with endless groaners.

Ed Power, The Telegraph, 1st January 2017

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