I have a thing about Mrs Brown’s Boys. Stay with me. I know it’s not quite The Bear, but frankly, what is. Still, there is something about that show that hits the spot.
Really, stay with me.
It’s easy to knock Mrs Brown’s Boys. I’ve seen it happen. Imagine! When the Christmas TV schedule was announced this week, there was a national collective groan among many as Mrs Brown’s Boys made the list again. It’s indicative, for many, of all that is wrong with TV – hammy, obvious, repetitive. But I’d argue if that’s what you think, you’re coming at it wrong.
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Of course it’s broad. And there have been some questionable plots in recent Christmas specials (I’ve seen them all). But there are several other key parts to it. One, it’s funny. A man dressed as a clichéd Irish mother, swearing more furiously than James Cleverly trying to hide his true feelings about the Rwanda deal, is funny.
There is a great sense of timing in it all too. They’ve been doing it for about 100 years, so this you’d expect.