Earlier this month, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star, Brendan O’Carroll announced that Mrs. Brown’s Boys may well be up for the axe.[pullquote]the comedian has threatened to pull the character once and for all[/pullquote]
The BBC sitcom debuted in 2011 and has been another stalwart in the Beeb’s comedy arsenal. Following the eccentric Mrs. Brown, played by O’Carroll, the programme has been labelled “the worst comedy ever” by critics. Nonetheless, an average of 753,000 people tuned in to watch the early seasons, the popularity of the show is undeniable. Last year’s Christmas special pulled in nine million viewers, making it the second most popular show on the day.
The in-your-face, often slapstick comedy has remained a family affair too. Mrs. Brown’s daughter is played by Jennifer Gibney, O’Carroll’s wife, and there are five other O’Carrolls on the cast list too.
Following the first three seasons, a number of specials, a 2014 movie and live shows have all hit our screens. The character of Mrs. Brown has actually been part of O’Carroll’s repertoire since appearing on RTÉ 2fm in 1992. However, if the BBC don’t renew the comedy after the Christmas special in 2020, the comedian has threatened to pull the character once and for all.
She said in a recent interview: "We are booked to do Christmas specials for the BBC until 2020 but if they go, 'We are going to drop you as we don’t think it’s strong enough’, then I’d kill Agnes off...Our final episode would be the funniest show I’ve ever written for the first 24 minutes. Then the last four minutes would break your fucking heart.”
For fans of the show, facing the end of the charismatic grandma may be hard to stomach. However, in the meantime, there are still at least three Christmas specials to look forward to.
Mrs Brown's Boys is available now on BBC iplayer