Noddy Holder to sing Fairytale of New York on Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special
Slade frontman Noddy Holder has a cameo in one of Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas specials.
Brendan O'Carroll's hit show this year has two Christmas special episodes - Mammy's Christmas Punch on Christmas Eve (RTE One) and Christmas Day (BBC One) and Mammy's Widow's Memories on New Year's Eve (RTE One) and New Year's Day (BBC One).
In the first episode Mrs Brown is desperate for a safe and peaceful Christmas at home, but persistent carol singers, Mark and Betty's rowing and Dino and Rory's salon problems are getting in the way.
On a trip to the pub she encounters Noddy singing Slade's classic Merry Christmas Everybody, but tells him to shut up so he starts singing The Pogues' Fairytale of New York.
Noddy (70) has been friends with O'Carroll for years and feels an affinity between Slade and Mrs Brown.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, Noddy said, "Slade and Mrs Brown are very similar because the critics never appreciated either of us.
"We were never trendy, other musicians didn't get Slade, they still don't. It's the same for Brendan.
"You have hip comedians slaggin off Mrs Brown's Boys but Brendan can fill out big arenas in any town or city because he understands what people want."
The episodes are expected to draw millions of viewers.
Last year's Christmas special topped the ratings in both Ireland on RTE One and on the BBC in Britain with 703,100 and 7.6m viewers respectively.
In 2013 it was also the most watched TV programme in the UK, attracting 9.4 million viewers, and Ireland with 832,000. It was the first time Mrs Brown bagged a coveted Christmas Day slot in the UK.
Mammy's Christmas Punch RTE One Christmas Eve 9pm and BBC One Christmas Day 9.45pm Mammy's Widow's Memories New Year's Eve RTE One 10.15pm and New Year's Day BBC One 10.30pm.