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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.

Series 3, Episode 1 is repeated on tomorrow at 10:35pm.

Press Clippings

TV review, Mrs Brown's Boys Live, BBC1

The only real surprise was the speech direct to the camera at the very end. "If you ever feel lonely or a bit down turn on the television and flick to comedy. From Dad's Army to Fawlty Towers or Only Fools And Horses. We'll be there - you can depend on that." A nice sentiment from a man who clearly cares about comedy and yet insists on sticking to the lowest common denominator. Personally I'd rather watch a rerun of Dad's Army.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 24th July 2016

Mrs. Brown's Boys Live - the Donald Trump of sitcoms

Mrs. Brown's Boys is the Donald Trump of sitcoms. Brendan O'Carroll's ribald ratings gobbler has become a red rag to the intelligentsia yet its popularity soars unbounded with 9.7 million tuning in to last year's Christmas special and nearly 40,000 viewers applying for the 400 audience places the BBC had made available for this one-off live broadcast from Glasgow.

Ed Power, The Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2016

Brendan O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys

Anything could happen tonight on BBC One - Mrs Brown is broadcasting live...

Mark Lawson, The Radio Times, 23rd July 2016

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

Can't fathom why Brendan O'Carroll's comedy wins the Christmas TV battle every year? You're missing a very simple truth.

Sarah Doran, Radio Times, 23rd July 2016

Brendan O'Carroll spills family secrets

The star talks to the Mirror about how he and his wife took in needy kids - and why he never takes his TV alter ego home with him.

Emily Retter, The Daily Mirror, 20th July 2016

Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

Mrs Brown's Boys live episode won't have a swear buzzer

There will be no safety net when the occasionally foul-mouthed Mammy goes live for the night.

Paul Jones, The Radio Times, 18th July 2016

The danger of constantly celebrating the past

Nostalgia. Easy promotability. A blend of old and new. Low risk. Lots of press. And a brand new half hour to be written by Clement and Frenais, writers of the near-perfect Porridge. What's not to like? As a consumer of comedy, I'm fine with all of the above obviously. As a writer of comedy, my feelings are slightly more mixed.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 14th March 2016

BBC releases full details on Landmark Sitcom Season

The BBC has confirmed details of its Landmark Sitcom Season, with new episodes of Porridge, Keeping Up Appearances and Up Pompeii! confirmed alongside pilots, documentaries and panel shows.

British Comedy Guide, 10th March 2016

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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