Stars come out for world premiere of 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie'
TV's favourite foul-mouthed mammy hit the big screen tonight at the world premiere of Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie.
The film stars Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown, an Irish matriarch who has proved a hit with audiences around the world.
With its bawdy humour and knowing winks to camera, the programme has attracted viewers from Iceland to Australia since it made its TV debut in 2011.
The premiere took place tonight in Dublin and many fans waited in the pouring rain for several hours to catch a glimpse of the stars outside the Savoy Cinema.
The film takes the action beyond the front porch of fruit and veg trader Mrs Brown, as she fights to save her market stall from a ruthless developer.
Speaking on the rain soaked pink carpet - coloured to match Agnes' favourite cardigan - O'Carroll described the film as "a slice of Mrs Brown's life with something big happening" and revealed he would not have had the premiere anywhere else.
"If it was a snow storm here I wouldn't care," he said.
"It just means an awful lot to me. It's my home town, it's a movie about my home town. I'm very proud of being a Dubliner, I'm very proud of Dublin.
"We've had a rough time of it of late and it gives me an opportunity to give a little bit back because I owe Dublin a lot."
Mrs Brown's Boys is one of television's most successful sitcoms.
It has proved a ratings smash for RTE, with over a million tuning in for last year's Christmas special.
Last year's festive special also racked up 9.4m viewers for BBC One, beating Downton Abbey and Call The Midwife to the Christmas Day top spot.
It started life as a short sketch O'Carroll penned for RTE 2FM, and the 58-year-old Bafta-winning writer admitted he did not know why it was so popular.
"If I knew the answer to that I swear to God I'd be writing it every day," he joked.
"I think it's timing. We're in a recession at the moment. In a recession people get nervous and afraid. There's something safe about Mrs Brown.
"She hankers back to the seventies and eighties when Christmases were more colourful and so much longer.
"There's just a nice feelgood feeling to it and I think you feel safe with her."
Despite its popularity, the show does have its critics who say it lacks sophistication and comic subtlety.
But O'Carroll had a defiant message for the naysayers: " Thank you so much for writing about Mrs Brown. It means an awful lot to get the name out there.
"Keep writing about it, I don't care what you say."