MRS BROWN’S BOYS

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Chan­nel 7, Thurs­day 8.30pm ★★★★ This would have to be the best new com­edy se­ries of, I don’t know, 1975? There aren’t too many jokes you haven’t heard once or twice, but the fact Mrs Brown’s Boys is rem­i­nis­cent of Bri­tish clas­sics such as On the Buses and Are You Be­ing Served? is no doubt one of the rea­sons so many view­ers like it. This is not to say it can’t be clever. If you’ve not seen this BAFTAwin­ning sit­com, it stars Ir­ish comic Bren­dan O’Car­roll as Mrs Agnes Brown, a foul-mouthed­mumwho makes life hell for her six hen-pecked chil­dren. Tonight is about as saucy as you’ll get, with daugh­ter Cathy re­veal­ing to her­mum(O’Car­roll) that she needs to shore up her re­la­tion­ship with Pro­fes­sor Clowne by go­ing out and get­ting a boob job. Mummy is sup­port­ive, sug­gest­ing Cathy should do what­ever makes her happy. Be­lieve it or not, Mummy reck­ons she was a bit of all right in her day and tells Cathy she was so proud of her body that she used to strip sug­ges­tively in front of the mir­ror and wig­gle her knock­ers at it. And the punch­line: ‘‘Ev­ery­one else in the butcher’s would just stare at me,’’ Mummy adds. Boom tish.

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