Mrs Brown’s Boys to get third series

The BBC have recommissioned Mrs Brown’s Boys for a third run of episodes before the second series has been broadcast.

The BBC have recommissioned Mrs Brown’s Boys for a third run of episodes before the second series has been broadcast.

BBC Comedy announced that Not only is Mrs Brown’s Boys returning to BBC One this Christmas with a second series straight on its heels, a third series has already been commissioned before the second one has even gone out!”

The concept of Mrs Brown’s Boys started out as a successful theatre production with a follow-up called Good Mourning Mrs Brown. Both theatre shows created, written by and starred Brendan O’Carroll in the lead role of a matriarchal Irish mother, Agnes Brown, who just can’t resist interfering in the lives of her family and friends. The theatre shows have been a sell-out success for a number of years in Ireland, Canada and the UK.

Speaking on the news the comedy is to have a third television outing creator Brendan O’Carroll says, “What an extraordinary Christmas present,” adding, “The BBC must be mad! To allow us to dress up and play again is an extraordinary gift and we genuinely don’t take it lightly. We’re overwhelmed with the support of the audience and hopefully when they see what we’ve done with the second series they’ll see that maybe the BBC is not totally mad.”

The BBC One and RTE One series, set in Dublin, but is actually produced at the Pacific Quay studios in Scotland, peaked at more than four million viewers when the first series was broadcast earlier this year in the UK.

Danny Cohen the Controller of BBC One adds, “Mrs Brown’s Boys is a joyful, laugh-out-loud comedy that I’m delighted to have on BBC One. It’s great news for us that we are extending our deal to a third series.”

The cast of the television show features the regular cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys on stage, and includes his real-life wife Jennifer Gibney as Cathy, his daughter Fiona O’Carroll as Maria, his son Danny O’Carroll as Buster, and his sister Eilish O’Carroll as Winnie McGoogan. The BBC Scotland production is co-produced in association with BOCPIX and Irish broadcaster RTE Television. During the summer of 2011 a theatrical tour of Good Mourning Mrs Brown proved to be a sell-out tour once again for the cast.

Speaking at the time of the second series re-commission in March Brendan O’Carroll said, “This is unbelievable! I’m just thrilled that the BBC continues to have confidence in the show… …I am living the dream”

Brendan O’Carroll was “discovered” by long serving RTE Television and radio presenter Gay Byrne – famous for that Boyzone television debut in 1993 on The Late Late Show – where Byrne seemed to think the world wouldn’t be graced by their pop talents. However O’Carroll’s appearances on the same show proved to be much more popular. RTE state that Mrs Brown has influences from Brendan’s mother, an ex-nun, a pioneering Labour T.D. and a widowed mother of eleven.