BBC backlash as viewers slam Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special Waste of licence fee

Mrs Brown's Boys: The opening of this years' Christmas special

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Mrs Brown’s Boys returned on Christmas Day with its festive BBC special. Agnes Brown (played by Brendan O’Carroll) was back as she struggled to keep tabs on her chaotic Irish family. Agnes was also put in charge of the choir, while Buster (Danny O’Carroll) and Dermot (Paddy Houlihan) tried to organise a murder mystery night.

However, the 35-minute programme angered some viewers over its constant references to COVID-19.

Just minutes into the programme, Agnes mentioned the pandemic before her neighbour Winnie McGoogan (Eilish O’Carroll) discussed dieting with Cathy (Jennifer Gibney).

“I am just back from the hospital,” Winnie began.

Agnes asked: “Is Jacko still in the isolation ward?”

“No, Saint Mary’s ward,” Winnie replied, as Agnes joked: “And we’re off.”

Cathy then joined the duo at the kitchen table, which is when they started talking about lockdown weight gain.

“Winnie, mam and I won’t be going vegan, but we are going to lose the Covid weight we both put on,” Cathy explained.

“Isn’t that right, Mammy?”

However, some viewers were left outraged by the comedy and the coronavirus jokes.

Taking to social media, Feroz raged: “Utterly rubbish programme Why the hell is the BBC continue to flog a dead donkey. Waste of licence fee. It’s not entertainment.”

Ripley wrote: “Why haven’t the BBC got the message yet. This programme is a waste of licence payers’ money.”

Russell added: “I think #mrsbrownsboys is good but the BBC are so far up Covid a*** with all that money they can’t see past Covid #NoMore #EnoughIsEnough.” (sic)

While Brian said: “Pollution on the BBC schedule, Brendan O’Carroll needs to retire.”

Charlie tweeted: “Bring back the days when the BBC aired proper comedy, like Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers.”

“#mrsbrownsboys does Christmas get any worse than this s*** apart from #EastEnders and most of the BBC schedule,” Johnny commented.

User Purple Sofa said: “No wonder millions of licence fee-payers are stopping their direct debits.”


However, some fans did step in to defend the comedy, with Sophie tweeting: “@MrsBrownsBoys absolutely loved last night’s Xmas episode!”

She continued: “So funny and heartfelt too with the current situation. Well done! @brendanMrsBrown #mrsbrownsboys.” (sic)

Rosey added: “Funny as F.” (sic) has reached out to the BBC for comment.

Mrs Brown’s Boys is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

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