COMEDIAN Brendan O'Carroll (below) and the cast of the hit comedy series 'Mrs Brown's Boys' were celebrating last night after the show was nominated for a BAFTA award.
The series, which stars the comic as the quirky Dublin matriarch Agnes Brown, will go up against 'The Trip' starring Steve Coogan, 'Rev' and 'Peep Show' in the race for the Situation Comedy gong at the annual British Academy of Film and Television Awards ceremony in London next month.
The nomination is the last thing the cast expected, said the show's manager Rory Cowen, who also plays Rory Brown. "We're over the moon," he said last night.
"We weren't expecting it so soon in the first series."
The nomination for the RTE/BBC co-production came as stage comedy 'Good Mourning Mrs Brown' opened at Dublin's Olympia Theatre last night.
More than 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the three-week run. In the UK, the live show has also sold out across the country.
"Everything is just flying," Mr Cowen said, adding that a six-night run at Liverpool's Empire Theatre in December had sold out in just two hours.
The show's television ratings have always been extremely impressive. At the end of February more than 3 million viewers tuned into the final episode of the six-week series on BBC1.
The show is also popular here, with an average of more than 195,000 people watching it on RTE each night.
Eddie Doyle, RTE's commissioning editor for entertainment, said: "We are delighted with the news of the BAFTA nomination. We knew we had a huge hit on our hands."
The show, which has been running in various forms since 1999, has also been commissioned for a second series, RTE announced last month.