Mrs Brown's Boys confirmed for two Christmas specials – Daily TV round-up

Brendan O'Carroll will pen the specials, following the ratings success of last year

'Mrs Brown's Boys' will be back for two specials this Christmas, it's been confirmed.

The news comes following rumours that fans may have to wait nearly two years for the show's fourth series, due to commitments made by its creator Brendan O'Carroll.

Mrs Brown... back for Christmas 2013 (Copyright: BBC)

But now it will definitely be returning for the festive period, after hauling in impressive audiences last Christmas.

“Last Christmas Agnes Brown was stuck halfway up the Christmas tree. This year she will be the star at the very top,” said the BBC's head of comedy Mark Freeland.

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“I’m thrilled the BBC has asked us to be part of its Christmas again this year,” added O'Carroll.

The show is currently drawing in audiences of seven million for its third series on BBC1 on Monday nights.

The shows over Christmas, 'Mammy Christmas' and 'The Virgin Mammy', were the most watched shows on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, hauling in 11.7 million and 10.7 million respectively. [The Sun]

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