Mrs Brown’s Boys, New Year’s Day 2017 ~ Episode Review

A fine follow up to Christmas Day’s episode with a few too many dated jokes, but Brendan O’Carroll is rather adept at making them seem shiny and new again and they blend in with the general theme of the show.

Physical comedy is very much the order of the day again with Winnie (Eilish O’Carroll) sending Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) flying into a box simply by entering the kitchen. There is also more mayhem to come after some rather dubious brownies are tested. In the meantime, Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) has a French boyfriend called Gaston (Robbie Telfer), for whom Mrs Brown is trying to find the phrase in French for “that’s nice!”. Which, as fans of the show know, speaks volumes in Agnes’s language! I think we can all see that Gaston is a bit of a rotter, though. Poor Cathy knows how to pick ’em!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 23/12/2016 - Programme Name: Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas and New Year Special 2016 - TX: 01/01/2017 - Episode: Mrs Brown's Boys New Year Special 2016 (No. 2 - New Year) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Cathy Brown (JENNIFER GIBNEY), Gaston (ROBBIE TELFER), Agnes Brown (BRENDAN O'CARROLL) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Peebles
Picture Shows: (L-R) Cathy Brown (JENNIFER GIBNEY), Gaston (ROBBIE TELFER), Agnes Brown (BRENDAN O’CARROLL) – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: Alan Peebles

Then there’s Betty (Amanda Woods) who has shown concern that Bono (Jamie O’Carroll) is being bullied at school. Is Agnes going to let this lie? Not on your nelly! Despite Maria’s (Fiona O’Carroll) warning to let her mother handle it from the board point of view, Agnes is ready to steam in there. This makes way for the arrival of Annette Curtain (Di Dougherty) who’s little boy is bullying Bono. Annette Curtain is a classic old gag but it works brilliantly, especially when Marijuana is consumed by Betty, Annette, Mrs Brown and the Father in a batch of brownies. Marijuana which has been prescribed for Grandad (Dermot O’Neill), and its potency not only has Betty and Annette declaring their love for one another, but also sees Agnes having fun on Grandad’s stair lift!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 23/12/2016 - Programme Name: Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas and New Year Special 2016 - TX: 01/01/2017 - Episode: Mrs Brown's Boys New Year Special 2016 (No. 2 - New Year) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Mark Brown (PAT SHIELDS), Betty Brown (AMANDA WOODS) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Peebles
Picture Shows: (L-R) Mark Brown (PAT SHIELDS), Betty Brown (AMANDA WOODS) – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: Alan Peebles

Hillary, Maria’s mother (Susie Blake) is present during the brownie fiasco and as she doesn’t eat chocolate she doesn’t partake. Who’s with me in thinking that this is a pity, Hillary on Marijuana would have been quite something! I still love the mutual contempt that she and Agnes have for each other though.

Aside from the madness there, Betty, Maria, Buster (Danny O’Carroll) and Dermot (Paddy Houlihan) have dressed as The Flintstones as part of a promotions gig and Rory (Rory Cowan) and Dino (Gary Hollywood) are sulking with one another again.

The Brown family may seem like lunatics and no-hopers in Gaston’s eyes, but their madcap antics never fail to put a smile on my face. With so little to laugh at in 2016, thank heavens that this brilliant instalment has started 2017 off nicely. That’s nice! Oh and I won’t let anybody take away my smile…

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Mrs Brown’s Boys, Christmas Day 2016 ~ Episode Review

The best way to round off Christmas Day, in my humble opinion, is to sit down in front of the telly and see what the Brown Family are up to. Mrs Brown’s Boys is always a highlight of my viewing calendar and this year’s instalment did not disappoint. The usual comedy with the Christmas tree looked set not to be at the heart of the storyline, when Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) decides that she’s not having a tree this year for fear of it attacking her! Buster (Danny O’Carroll) is rather put out that he won’t be selling a tree to her, this year and has another surprise coming when Dermot (Paddy Houlihan) rocks up dressed as a cat and wants Buster to dress in a similar costume. Dermot is vying for an advertising contract with a big firm and there is a competition set between Dermot’s company and his ‘opponents’ to win the contract. The opposition are dressing as dogs, and the opportunity for comedy moments is taken at every turn.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/12/2016 - Programme Name: Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas and New Year Special 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1 - Christmas ) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Dermot Brown (PADDY HOULIHAN), Agnes Brown (BRENDAN O'CARROLL) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Peebles
Picture Shows: (L-R) Dermot Brown (PADDY HOULIHAN), Agnes Brown (BRENDAN O’CARROLL) – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: Alan Peebles

Meanwhile, Grandad (Dermot O’Neill) is quite unwell and due to undergo tests, Agnes shows her usual sympathy for the situation and, as usual, she can’t wait to see the back of her father-in-law. However, we all know that he holds just as previous a place in her heart as everyone else in the family does, and it’s quite heartening to see her so delighted when he finally finds amusement in something later in the show, even though it is at her expense.

Things are hotting up at Wash and Blow when the shop catches on fire and Rory (Rory Cowan) and Dino (Gary Hollywood) set up camp in Agnes’s front room until they find an alternative.  It was fascinating and hilarious to see Rory and Dino at work as we’ve never been to Wash and Blow, before.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/12/2016 - Programme Name: Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas and New Year Special 2016 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1 - Christmas ) - Picture Shows:  Rory Brown (RORY COWAN), Support Artist - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Alan Peebles
 Picture Shows: Rory Brown (RORY COWAN), Support Artist – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: Alan Peebles

So, does Mrs Brown change her mind and have a Christmas Tree? Buster makes that decision for her and provides a family of trees, which ultimately end up in a domino effect and the largest tree knocks out Agnes. Hence Grandad’s laughter! What of Dermot’s bid to win that lucrative contract? With a little help from a sneaky Buster, things are looking good for Dermot’s business.

Party hats off to Brendan O’Carroll, he is still managing to churn out side-splitting comedy which is always worth waiting for and the storylines are always fresh, too. I think there is still a place for Mrs Brown and her family, I can’t wait for the New Year offering and what a joyful Christmas musical number to finish on, too! More of the same, please…

Photo credits courtesy of: BBC

Mrs Brown’s Boys Live ~ Episode Review

For years Mrs Brown has gathered a loyal fan-base from performing live in theatres nationally and internationally. The BBC series turned the touring comedy into a phenomenon and with a movie hot on its heels, the loveable mammy, together with her family, has enjoyed extraordinary success.

Last night (Saturday 23 July) the BBC aired a live episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys which contained all of the usual slapstick and expletive humour, with the glorious addition of the cast’s experience of working live theatres. It was quite something, Brendan O’Carroll who plays the mammy herself, was on top form, ad-libbing. He predictably took the show into his own hands and of course, plaguing Rory (Rory Cowan) by raising the matter of Mrs Murphy’s pussy. Poor Rory!

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Mrs Brown and Buster in a previous Christmas special.

 

The misconstrued storyline regarding Betty (Amanda Woods) and Mark (Pat Shields) and their bedroom problems was such a simple yet magnificently effective plot. The banter with Winnie (Eilish O’Carroll) continues to be a highlight as usual, with the batty neighbour mistaking a mirror image of the two of them, for a pair of old ladies. Cathy’s (Jennifer Gibney) there as the voice of reason as usual, and there’s much of what O’Carroll seems to do best, going on – riding on furniture! It’s not a fully fledged episode of Mrs Brown without Dermot (Paddy Houlihan) and Buster (Danny O’Carroll) in costume at some stage, either. Penguins, on this occasion.

I think the BBC’s gamble paid off and more of the same wouldn’t go amiss. It’s because the writing never fails to bring a huge smile to my face, huge belly laughs always ensue, too and this brilliant live episode has given me a taste for more Mrs Brown. So, please Mr O’Carroll, I’d like some more, please!!

Photo credits: BBC

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