Whether or not you are a fan of the BBC One sitcom, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, I’m betting the farm that, at some point in the series, you’ve laughed out loud more than you have for any sitcom on the schedule in some time. The three-year old series is the brainchild of Irish writer and performer, Brendan O’Carroll, who created Agnes Brown both on the radio and in books in the early 90’s. Since its premiere on RTE in Ireland and BBC One in the UK, the series has had its share of detractors. Blasted (and that’s being polite) by critics from the outset, Mrs. Brown’s Boys has become a ratings juggernaut by the end of its third season having won the 2012 BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy and was then awarded the Best Comedy at the National Television Awards in 2013 and 2014.
Like it or not, O’Carroll is brilliant as Agnes Brown. As creator, writer and star of the series, O’Carroll is drop-dead funny throughout the program as he will frequently break the fourth wall. The series’ informal production style lends itself to a number of laugh-out-loud moments where production mistake are not only highlighted but encouraged and edited into the final version of the program. Agnes, the foul-mouthed Irish matriarch who is always looking out for her family after the death of husband Redser, works at a fruit and veg stall at Dublin market. Let’s just say she’s a bit of a nosy neighbor and leave it at that.
Having conquered the small screen, Agnes now heads to the ‘bright lights, big city’ atmosphere with a big screen feature opening 27 June across the UK. In Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Agnes finds her livelihood under threat when a ruthless developer tries to shutter her Moore Street market stall. Aided by the Brown family and “a motley troop of blind trainee Ninjas, an alcoholic solicitor, and a barrister with Tourettes Syndrom“, d’mother of all battles is on to save it.
The downside of the popularity of the big screen premiere and the more frequent tour stops for O’Carroll is that the telly series will not return until 2015 with new episodes. Until then, get set for D’Mother of all movies on 27 June.