Thursday 19 October 2017

Brendan O'Carroll's chat show set for BBC debut this month

Mrs Brown, as portrayed by Brendan O’Carroll
Mrs Brown, as portrayed by Brendan O’Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll, winner of the Best Comedy Award for Mrs Brown's Boys during the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Brendan O'Carroll's eagerly-awaited new chat show will hit the TV schedules at the end of this month.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed that the Finglas funnyman's new show All Round To Mrs Brown's will be ready to air shortly, with Saturday, March 25, mooted as the transmission date for the opener.

Filmed on the set of Mrs Brown's Boys in front of a live studio audience, the pilot featuring Andy Murray's mum Judy and his grandmother went down a storm with BBC executives, prompting them to commission the series.

Now that O'Carroll is taking a break from his Mrs Brown's Boys series, he will be pouring all his energy into this venture.

Brendan O'Carroll, winner of the Best Comedy Award for Mrs Brown's Boys during the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Brendan O'Carroll, winner of the Best Comedy Award for Mrs Brown's Boys during the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

It will see various celebrities calling round to the house for a cup of tea with Agnes while chatting with O'Carroll's real- life wife Jenny Gibney.

Some of the guests will also be taking their own mums with them as they reveal all to the O'Carroll family.

The series will start filming today and will continue for the rest of the month at the BBC studios in Glasgow.

While his son Danny O'Carroll and sidekick Dermot (Paddy Houlihan) will be appear on the programme, not all the cast of the award-winning series will feature.

Among those who have agreed to be interviewed are X Factor judge Louis Walsh, with more names to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Brendan told the Herald how the show got a great reaction from the live studio audience when the pilot was filmed last September.

"We don't know what way it's going to go, it's difficult to know. But the audience that were there on the night loved it, so, if that's anything to go by, it's going to be good," he said.

"We start filming in March. I don't know what you'd describe it as. The whole thing's set in Mrs Brown's house and, in the pilot, we had JLS singing in Foley's pub.

"So what we're going to be doing is the lead guest will bring their mum with them and Agnes interviews them in the kitchen.

"There's also a chef cooking their favourite meal for them, and Buster and Dermot had a different scheme every week. It's all things to all people. It's a bit of craic."

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