Mrs Brown The Movie: No fourth series as Brendan O'Carroll turns attention to silver screen
IT has become the biggest TV show in Ireland and the UK, topping the ratings on both RTE and the BBC.
But Dublin matriarch Mrs Brown will be missing from TV screens next year.
The Irish Independent has learnt that in order to concentrate on a 'Mrs Brown' film, comedian and star Brendan O'Carroll has decided not to make a fourth series of hit comedy 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.
"Brendan always said he wanted to make just three series of Mrs Brown so it's up to him if it comes back, but there will be no fourth series of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' on TV in 2014," a spokesman for Brendan O'Carroll told the Irish Independent.
Friends say the 57 year old may decide he wants his BAFTA-winning sitcom to follow in the footsteps of short-running classic comedies like 'Father Ted', which only ran for three series on Channel 4, or 'Fawlty Towers', which had just two on the BBC.
However, the Finglas man is committed to making a Mrs Brown Christmas special each year until 2015.
Nearly a million viewers (972,000) tuned into the 'Mrs Brown's Boys: The Virgin Mammy' on RTE on Christmas Night, with 851,000 tuning in the night before for Christmas Eve special, 'Mrs Brown's Boys – Mammy Christmas'.
But these pale in comparison with viewing figures in the UK, where 8.78 million viewers tuned in on Christmas Eve and 8.97 million on St Stephen's Day to the same shows.
As well as shooting the $6m (€4.5m) movie, provisionally titled 'Mrs Brown, De Filum', in August, in March, O'Carroll begins a tour of UK arenas playing Mrs Brown on multiple nights in cities across the UK.
Currently on holidays in Florida, the star returns to Britain tomorrow to present an award at the UK's National TV Awards, hosted by Dermot O'Leary and aired live on ITV from 7.30pm, at which 'Mrs Brown's Boys' has been nominated in the Best Sitcom category.