THE country's most beloved grandmother has struck gold again.
Brendan O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown's Boys' has beaten some of the world's longest-running television shows, and clinched the coveted title as the most watched programme in Britain on Christmas Day.
The Christmas special was broadcast in the prime-time slot of 9.30pm on BBC One on Christmas Day, and secured the most viewers in Britain with an audience of 9.4 million viewers.
The man behind it all, Brendan O'Carroll, last night told the Irish Independent that he was absolutely delighted to hear the news that his show had beaten the firm Christmas television favourites, such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Eastenders'.
"It's absolutely amazing, I am delighted," the Finglas native said. "It was a nice belated Christmas box."
O'Carroll's creation left science-fiction favourite 'Doctor Who' trailing more than a million viewers behind the Irish comedy in second place, which also shared the same number of viewers as 'Coronation Street' with an audience of 8.3 million.
Also proving to be festive favourites were BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Call The Midwife', as both attracted over seven million viewers.
O'Carroll, who stars in the show alongside several members of his family, said he was delighted, and shocked, to hear the news yesterday.
"You don't set out to beat anybody else. It was just nice to get the Christmas Day slot. It just puffs up your chest with happiness when you see the numbers that are coming in."
ITV's 'Downton Abbey', which was also broadcast on TV3, attracted seven million viewers.