Sunday 25 June 2017

'We feared Dad would burn out', says Brendan O'Carroll's daughter Fiona

Fiona O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys
Fiona O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Brendan O'Carroll's daughter had to tell her famous father to slow down as they were afraid his heavy workload would leave him burnt out.

"It's got to do with timing and dad's been doing this for quite a while now and it's not always easy," said Fiona O'Carroll.

Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll
Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll
Mrs Brown's Boys was the most popular show on Irish TV this Christmas

"He's getting on a bit and, as a family, we decided now is the time he needs to take a break and enjoy his success.

"I was really delighted that he took some time out this year because we all knew that he needed it.

"He's our dad, at the end of the day and we don't want him working to the point where he made himself sick.

"We don't want him burnt out, so he took some time off, played lots of golf and took a big, long break."

The actress and mum-of-four also spoke about the decision to put the sequel to Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie on the long finger for now.

She said an agreement could not be reached in terms of the logistics of making the movie and so they moved on to other projects.

Fiona O'Carroll & Martin Delaney
Fiona O'Carroll & Martin Delaney

However, Fiona insisted that putting the film on the back-burner for now had nothing to do with finances.

"It's not about the money - that has never been a big factor for dad," she said.

Brendan O’Carroll with his wife Jennifer, children Eric and Fiona and her husband Martin Delany (centre back) after he received the award. Photo: Steve Humphreys. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Brendan O’Carroll with his wife Jennifer, children Eric and Fiona and her husband Martin Delany (centre back) after he received the award. Photo: Steve Humphreys. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"He needs a decent budget and, if he can't make a movie that he feels is going to be good enough for the audience, then he won't do it.

"The next year is so chock-a-block that I can't see it happening then. It will get made at some stage, maybe in 2018."

Finglas funnyman Brendan has become a huge international success thanks to the runaway popularity of his Mrs Brown's Boys series.

While he is set to have another big year in 2017, the past 12 months saw the 61-year-old recharge the batteries.

Although there will be no new series for the BBC, he has kept making Christmas specials.

Brendan and his clan will be getting their teeth stuck into a new project shortly too - his chat-show for the BBC.

The broadcaster green-lit the programme after seeing the pilot version featuring Andy Murray's mum, Judy.

One of the most successful television series ever, Mrs Brown's Boys has won a string of awards including a BAFTA and an IFTA.

It was also voted the best sitcom of the 21st century in an online poll conducted by Radio Times.

Herald

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