Monday 5 December 2016

It's D'greatest - 'Mrs Brown's Boys' voted best sitcom of the 21st century

Sean O'Grady

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll
Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll and the 'Mrs Brown's Boys' cast are celebrating after the show was voted the best sitcom of the 21st century.

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Viewers in Britain voted the series as the best show of this millennium in an online poll for the 'Radio Times', with Ricky Gervais's 'The Office' coming in second.

The series also beat out competition from other popular shows including 'The IT Crowd', 'Gavin and Stacey' and 'The Inbetweeners'.

Cast member Rory Cowan has paid tribute to the creator Brendan O'Carroll (pictured below).

"It's brilliant news," Rory said. "I'm thrilled. Brendan O'Carroll is a genius and I work with him."

Rory had never aspired to enter the world of showbiz and ended up on the show when Brendan offered him a part. "I was never an actor. I was in marketing. I was Brendan's publicist," he said. "Brendan said: 'You're at the show every night, you know the lines, you're on tomorrow.' That's how I got it."

The show being voted the best by viewers will come as no surprise as the series regularly draws in massive audiences on the BBC with the 2015 Christmas episode having 6.4 million viewers. And 'Mrs Brown's Boys: D'Movie' topped the UK and Irish box office charts in 2014.

Despite the success of 'Mrs Brown's Boys', the series has long drawn the ire of TV critics who have slated the show's style of humour.

Not one to be deterred, Brendan has fired back at the haters, saying the poll is an example of the show's popularity with the viewing public.

"It vindicates the fans' belief in the show. They have kept us on the air - it certainly wasn't the reviewers," he said. "There is an audience out there that comedy forgot. Us winning this proves that."

Irish Independent

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