MRS BROWN’S BOYS
Channel 7, tonight, 9pm ★★★★ This sitcom is hard to ignore, given it recently picked up the BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy and is being promoted as ‘‘a full-frontal assault on the senses’’. It stars Irish comic Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Agnes Brown, a foul-mouthedmumwho makes life hell for her six hen-pecked children. There is something about Mrs Brown’s Boys that makes you want to hate it, but if you can get past the fact it’s filmed in front of an over-hyped audience and some of the ‘‘saucy’’ jokes pre-date the Carry On movies, you will discover some laugh-out-loud moments. What makes Mrs Brown somewhat relatable is she does love her kids but she knows every manipulative trick in the book. She’s a widow who married at 18 because of a ‘‘condition’’ she had, pregnancy. No thanks to Agnes, daughter Cathy is now having trouble finding a steady bloke. As she heads out the door — ‘‘it’s not a big date, mummy, it’s just a drink’’ — Agnes offers the gem: ‘‘Just a drink! That’s what all men say . . . they think vodka’s a lubricant to get your knickers off easy.’’ You get the drift.