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

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