It's brought misery to millions around the world, mutates to avoid being stamped out, and there's no end in sight... Mrs Brown's Boys is returning for Christmas.
The BBC have announced that the popular sitcom created by Brendan O’Carroll will debut a new Christmas special for 2020 as part of its holiday line-up.
Last year’s festive episode, entitled “A Wonderful Mammy”, attracted more than seven million UK viewers when it aired, but the series remains reviled by many for its broad comic sensibilities
Some TV viewers have reacted with horror at the prospect of another festive outing for the cross-dressing matriarch, voicing their opinions on social media.
“Forget Covid there’s my Christmas ruined,” wrote one person. “Mrs Brown’s Boys ffs. I demand to know who watches it and who likes it?”
Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown on BBC Christmas TV line-up https://t.co/3sqE5eFhtC
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) November 24, 2020
He takes a deep breath, steadies himself and says aloud ‘there’s hope here; Christmas, a vaccine, a new year!’
A light dazzles!
A new dawn is just around the corner!
What’s that? A Mrs Brown boys special? The light instantly fades and darkness reigns once again. https://t.co/BG0iihchyQ
— Ben Burrell (@benburrell) November 24, 2020
Another quipped that the series “has fewer laughs than Panorama”.
“The BBC does loads of fantastic stuff, although root canal work is an attractive alternative to Mrs Brown,” wrote someone else.
One Twitter user wrote, “Good morning all. I’ve just heard there’s going to be a Christmas edition of Mrs Brown’s Boys,” alongside a Gif of a man throwing himself through a glass window.
Good morning all. I’ve just heard there’s going to be a Christmas edition of Mrs Brown’s Boys. pic.twitter.com/G4VjK7wsuT
— Chris. (@CJ_Wicks) November 24, 2020
Genuinely confused about Mrs Brown... is it really cheap to make? Nobody we know likes it
— chrisfarquhar 💙💛 (@FarquharChris) November 24, 2020
Others criticised the line-up as a whole for its dearth of new content, with Christmas editions of Doctor Who, EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife also scheduled for the winter break.
“This has been the same BBC line-up on Xmas day for about 10 years running. And they're all utter rubbish shows. Dreadful tele,” wrote one irritated TV viewer.
Years ago the BBC had brand spanking never before seen on TV films on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Now its like their normal daily broadcasting.
— David Blanchflower (@DavidBflower) November 24, 2020
“This line-up is the best argument to end the licence fee I’ve ever seen,” wrote another. “The mediocrity is staggering.”