The mammy of BBC Comedy, Mrs Brown, is inviting the nation round to her house for a brand new Saturday night TV show, All Round to Mrs Brown’s.
“This third-rate tribute act to Hylda Baker and Les Dawson, has become hugely popular with audiences across the UK and Ireland, which does prove the saying plenty of money in old rope. A lot of critics condemn the show wondering why anyone would like it, but the answer is simple; the Norman Evans, Les Dawson and, God bless her, Hylda Baker comedy was hilarious, so replicating that even in a coarse and vulgar way will still be amusing. Add into the mix the festive specials which are full of the ghost of Noele Gordon (talking to the audience and bursting into song, a staple part of Crossroads in the 1970s) and sentimental slush makes it all the more popular. Well done to them for recycling; its the only real way you’ll get decent comedy these days.” – TV Critic Vivian Summers.
The BBC Scotland production Mrs Brown’s Boys has become one of the UK’s most popular sitcoms. Notably last July it reached its peak when a live episode, airing on a Saturday night, reached over 11 million viewers. It also won the Radio Times Most Popular 21st Century Sitcom poll.
Now BBC Entertainment and BBC One are giving her a Crinkley Bottom as they appear to be attempting a Noel’s House Party remake – this time from the discomfort of the Brown family shambles, or if you like, home.
Agnes will open the door to her of the Brown home to a host of celebrity guests as mammy makes mischief with them, surprise audience shenanigans and outrageous stunts, all in front of a live studio audience. And don’t fret, no one is being left out, all the regular Mrs Brown’s Boys characters will feature too.
All Round to Mrs Brown’s is to be produced by Hungry Bear Media in conjunction with O’Carroll’s production company BocPix. The series will transmit later this year. Noel’s House Party was a huge hit for BBC One in the nineties running from 1991 to 1999, fronted by Deal or no Deal host Noel Edmonds. It featured audience pranks, participation games, celebrity guests and a host of fictional village characters who popped into the ‘Great House’ at Crinkley Bottom.
“The entire cast is excited by this. I think Agnes may be worried that she’ll need a bigger kettle to make tea for everyone that’s coming round!” – Mrs Brown’s Boys creator, writer and star Brendan O’Carroll