Mrs Brown's Boys spin-off won't air in 2021 thanks to coronavirus pandemic


All Round to Mrs Brown's won't air in 2021. (BBC)

Mrs Brown's Boys spin-off All Round to Mrs Brown's is not airing in 2021 for the first year since it began, reportedly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions imposed to deal with the pandemic have played havoc with filming schedules around the world, and All Round to Mrs Brown's is said to be the latest victim of delays and cancellations.

The Daily Star reported that an insider had revealed the show couldn't go ahead because of filming restrictions and the BBC, which airs the series, later confirmed there would be no show in 2021.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Whilst All Round to Mrs Brown’s won’t be returning this year, fans need not worry as some very exciting Mrs Brown news is coming very soon.”

Brendan O'Carroll's chat show is taking a break. (BBC Studios/Alan Peebles)

The spin-off show from the main sitcom sees lead character Agnes Brown, played by Brendan O'Carroll, interviewing celebrities for a chat show from a set that's supposed to be her home.

It first aired in 2017 and has had a series a year since then, so this will be the first year that it will take a break.

Past celebrity guests on the chat show have included Caitlyn Jenner, Pamela Anderson and Jason Manford, with various members of the main sitcom cast regularly dropping in.

Mrs Brown's Boys airs Christmas and New Year specials each year, but hasn't run a full series since 2013.

The show has recently been hit by controversy as Gary Hollywood, who starred as Dino Doyle until 2020, said he planned to sue creator and star O'Carroll for workplace discrimination because he claims he was not receiving equal pay.

He told the Daily Star: “I feel I wasn’t being paid equally and I wasn’t being given an explanation for decisions.

"When I tried to resolve it, nothing was done. I was just disregarded. But I won’t put up with it any more. I won’t be ­treated like that. This has gone too far. They shouldn’t do this to people."

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