Brendan O’Carroll likes to keep Mrs Brown’s Boys within the family – and viewers will be introduced to another member of the clan on New Year’s Day with grandson, Blake.
Blake, 8, will be making a brief (but memorable) appearance in the Irish sitcom household as a young lad named Blister.
And according to dad Danny, who plays Buster on the family-run series, his debut is a long-time coming as he’s been begging for years to join in.
Speaking ahead of the show airing, Danny revealed: ‘I felt bad for a while actually because he begged and begged for years and years to be on it.’
Brendan, who plays matriarch Agnes on the series, added: ‘Since he was two, [he’s asked] “Grandad, when am I going to be on the show?” All six of my grandsons wanted to be a part of the show, but particularly Blake. Blake of all of them.’
‘His older brother plays Bono on the show as well, Mrs Brown’s grandson, he’s his older brother,’ added Danny. ‘So he always sees his older brother on there, he always sees me on there, his maam plays Betty on the show, so he’s always saying “when am I going to get a go?” So this year, finally grandad gave him his wish and let him have a go.’
Blake’s introduction into the world of Mrs Brown’s Boys may be quick – but it’s definitely going to count and will give the entire gang a bit of a shake-up when Blister makes an unexpected arrival during Bono’s birthday party.
And if the youngster has his way, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
‘We do it twice in a day with two different audiences, so there’s a time that the kids have to be in the studio for the BBC, so we had to leave quite early because he had to go home and we had to carry on doing the show,’ Danny told us.
‘When I got home eventually, he was sitting on his bed and there were loads of these little pieces of paper with his autograph! He’ll be taking over me! I haven’t seen it yet but I hope he was good!’
It’s going to be all go for Agnes and co in the special, titled Mammy’s Hotel, as Winnie and Sharon are forced to move in with Agnes after pipes in their house burst.
Agnes is also asked to deliver a eulogy for a neighbour who’s past away, and between that and the birthday party, you can guarantee not a dull moment.
Mrs Brown’s Boys airs New Year’s Day at 10pm on BBC1.
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