It’s Mrs Brown !
We’ve said many a time, that in this day of reality TV and the race for the next big comedy, it’s very rare for a real gem that is likely to keep audiences laughing for generations to come to appear. However that is exactly what Mrs Brown’s Boys is, a true classic that will keep us laughing for many years, we hope.
The characters in Mrs Brown’s Boys originated in a series of books written by Brendan O’Carroll in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In March 2000, O’Carroll also wrote a book entitled Agnes Browne. This was adapted into a film with Angelica Huston playing Mrs Browne.
Following the success of the film, O’Carroll wrote a series of stories, adapted from the books, in which he played Mrs Browne (now spelled ‘Brown’) and cast the rest of the family — including many of his own relatives as characters. A series of seven, film-like adaptations was shown on Irish television between 2002 and 2008. During this time, O’Carroll took the show on the road, appearing in a series of Mrs Brown plays in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In 2010, O’Carroll was approached to create a television series based on the show. He recruited the cast of the Irish TV adaptations and wrote a series of six thirty-minute episodes, together with an unbroadcast pilot, in order to encourage a network to pick up the series.
RTÉ One subsequently bought the broadcast rights and the first, six-part series began airing on the channel from 1 January to 5 February 2011. Here in the UK, the BBC bought the rights and the first episode was transmitted on 21 February 2011.
Meet Agnes Brown (played by Brendan O’Carroll), a loud mouthed Irish Matriarch, who’s favourite pastime is interfering in the lives of her six children.
Written By: Brendan O’Carroll
Original Transmission Dates: 1st January 2011 – present