British Comedy Guide

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.

New special at Christmas.

Press Clippings

Coming to terms with people liking Mrs. Brown's Boys

Even if you don't find 'best sitcom of the century' remotely funny - and I don't - it's not right to claim it's safe or lazy. It's something much odder than that

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 27th August 2016

We need 'low brow' comedy like Mrs Brown's Boys

I sat down to watch my first ever episode of Mrs Brown's Boys this week. I felt like I should - given that it has just been voted the best comedy of the 21st century by Radio Times readers, was I missing out on a cultural phenomenon? My first foray left me perplexed. Mrs Brown - spoiler alert - gets hypnotised, clucking like a chicken at random moments. The cast crack up and redo their lines - much to the live audience's delight. It felt more like panto than anything I'd ever watched on television.

Siobhan Norton, i Newspaper, 23rd August 2016

Mrs Brown's Boys named best sitcom since 2000

Mrs Brown's Boys has come top of the Radio Times poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd August 2016

Why the riskiest TV comes straight from the stage

Screenwriters often find themselves in a straitjacket - but comedy shows written for the theatre have free rein to be as foul-mouthed and foul-minded as they like. The world needs more of it.

Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 19th August 2016

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie sequel postponed due to Brexit

The sequel to the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys film has been thrown into disarray by Britain's decision to leave the EU.

The Sun, 1st August 2016

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

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