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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Mrs Brown’s Boys ‘told to change Christmas special in case the Queen died’

Mrs Brown’s Boys had to play it safe when filming in October (Picture: BBC)



The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special was forced to undergo some last minute changes after BBC bosses feared the Queen would die before it aired. 

Agnes Brown, played by writer Brendan O’Carroll, will be seen on the show giving an alternative version of the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day.  However, after being shown the scripts ahead of recording the sitcom in January, Brendan revealed that he was told to tread carefully.  ‘I replied: “Why? Are you afraid of offending the Queen? Sure you only have to look at what The Crown is doing!”’ Brendan explained. 

[The BBC] said suppose something happens to the Queen, before Christmas comes,’ he continued to The Irish Sun.  ‘If we put that bit in the main body of the show, then we will have to scrap the show. I went, “Wow you’re right!”’ 

Brendan and his family will return as the boisterous Brown family once again this Christmas Day, and again on New Year’s Day.  They’ve also secured a new deal with the broadcaster, securing their holiday specials to continue for at least five more years.  ‘This new deal we signed last week goes all the way to 2026, which means I will be able to grow into the part, and we’ve a clause in which guarantees Mrs Brown is aired at 10pm on Christmas night, or else we don’t have to make it,’ he said. 

‘I wanted that because if it’s not good enough for Christmas Day, then we shouldn’t be making it.’  It’s not known whether or not this new deal also includes any new full series of the show, or it’s spin-off talk show All Round To Mrs Brown’s, which features celebrity guests visiting the family home. Mrs Brown’s Boys returns Christmas Day at 10pm on BBC One.



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