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Mrs. Brown's Boys returns for Christmas 2024

ExclusiveFriday 21st June 2024, 4:50pm

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll). Credit: BocPix, BBC Studios
  • The BBC has confirmed two new Mrs. Brown's Boys specials
  • The new episodes will air this coming Christmas season, as has become traditional
  • It was the second-most watched comedy of the year in 2023

Mrs. Brown's Boys will be back on BBC One later this year.

The BBC confirmed to British Comedy Guide that the long-running family sitcom will return for its now-traditional Christmas and New Year specials at the end of 2024.

Starring Brendan O'Carroll as working class Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown, they are expected to be broadcast at around 10pm on Christmas Day and New Year's Day 2025, respectively.

Jon Petrie, BBC Director of Comedy, said: "Brendan has created an iconic comedy character in Agnes Brown. Mrs. Brown's Boys is a BAFTA-winning comedy show and one of the BBC's most-watched comedies ever. It's made me laugh many times and seeing Mrs. Brown's Boys live is an unforgettable experience - I feel very lucky that I've had the chance to witness it and I'm proud to have it in the BBC Comedy stable."

Running since 2011, the series - co-produced for Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE - has always been highly popular with audiences but loathed by both critics and the television industry.

In 2023, the Christmas Day Mrs. Brown's Boys special was the second most-watched comedy episode of the year, losing out only to the Ghosts special, with 5.2 million and 7.2 million viewers, respectively.

Likewise, the four-part fourth series was second only to Ghosts fifth and final series as the most-watched comedy series of the year, averaging 3.2 million viewers per episode to Ghosts' 4.9 million.

At a BBC comedy event earlier this week, Petrie explained: "[Viewers] want jokes, they want shows that make them laugh and the ones that they are re-watching again and again are Ghosts, Motherland, Not Going Out and Mrs Brown's Boys. They still get huge numbers for us."

Petrie repeated a recent call for new narrative pitches to the broadcaster for broad, mainstream, laugh-out-loud sitcoms rather than darker and comedy drama-type formats, for which they are currently overserved.

Mrs. Brown's Boys Big Box - Series 1, 2 & 3

Mrs. Brown's Boys Big Box - Series 1, 2 & 3

The complete first three series, plus the three Christmas specials, of the Dublin-set sitcom depicting the life and times of Mrs Agnes Brown (played by writer Brendan O'Carroll), mother of a feckless bunch of grown-up children, who rules her tastefully-wallpapered realm with a rod of iron.

First released: Sunday 6th October 2013

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Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas Box Of Treats

Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas Box Of Treats

It's time to get festive with Mrs. Brown's Boys and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Packed full with 22 seasonal episodes, the Christmas Box Of Treats is sure to pull your crackers and keep you laughing until Christmas day and beyond!

First released: Monday 7th November 2022

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Mrs. Brown's Boys - Series Four

Mrs. Brown's Boys - Series Four

Everyone's favourite Irish Mammy is back!

Agnes Brown and all your favourite characters return for the first series in buckin' ages, with more slapstick hijinks from the loud-mouthed Irish matriarch than ever!

Includes all 4 episodes:

Miserable Mammy
Mammy Scissorhands
Million Dollar Mammy
Mountain Mammy

First released: Monday 15th April 2024

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