Following the success of the two 2012 Christmas specials and the show’s third season, BBC One has commissioned a further two Christmas Specials of hit comedy series Mrs Brown’s Boys that will air in 2013.
Created by Brendan O’Carroll, Mrs Brown’s Boys follows family matriach Agnes Brown as she goes about her daily life. The comedy series, which is produced by BBC Scotland/BBC Productions and BOCPIX in association with RTE, stars Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Fiona O’Carroll, Danny O’Carroll and Eilish O’Carroll. The show’s third season is currently airing on Monday nights and has been averaging 14.4 million total viewers across various platforms.
The decision to order these two specials comes as O’Caroll has been unable to commit to a fourth season of the series. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of Mrs Brown’s Boys, which is set to enter production later this year. Word is that BBC One controller Danny Cohen is keen to see a fourth season of the series and fully expects to commission it by the end of the year. However, production would likely not commence until 2014 to accomodate O’Carroll’s other commitments.
Speaking of these two new specials, Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to confirm that Mrs Brown’s Boys will be spending Christmas 2013 on the channel with two special episodes.”
Mark Freeland, the BBC’s Head of Comedy, commented: “Last Christmas Agnes Brown was stuck halfway up the Christmas tree. This year in every way she will be the star at the very top. I can’t wait.”
While Brendan O’Carroll added: “I’m thrilled that the BBC has asked us to be part of its Christmas again this year. It’s a great privilege to be invited into people’s homes at such a magical time of year.”
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