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A new chat show hosted by Mrs Brown is starting on RTÉ tonight - here's what you need to know

Move over, Tubs and D’Arcy. There’s a new chat show host in town.

Originally published on March 21

MOVE OVER, RYAN Tubridy. Make some room, Ray D’Arcy. There’s a new chat show host in town and her name is Mrs. Brown.

Having conquered the world of sitcoms, Brendan O’Carroll is now going to try his hand at being a chat show host.

All Round to Mrs. Brown’s kicks off on RTÉ One this weekend and will feature characters from Mrs. Brown’s Boys chatting to celebrity guests in character. Sort of like The Mrs Merton Show.

Here’s everything you need to know.

So, what’s the deal?

All Round to Mrs. Brown’s is a chat show presented by Brendan O’Carroll and wife Jennifer Gibney in character as Mrs. Brown and Cathy Brown, respectively.

The chat show will be recorded in BBC studios in Glasgow and will be broadcast simultaneously on RTÉ One and BBC One this Saturday night at 9.15pm.

Here’s what Brendan O’Carroll had to say on the matter:

There’s nothing Agnes likes more than getting everyone round to hers for a cup of tea and a chat. We’re very proud of our new show and guarantee loads of craic and mayhem. I’m feckin’ delighted that Irish audiences are going to see it on RTÉ One this weekend.’

So it’s a BBC-RTÉ co-production, you say? Does that mean there’ll be better guests?

Looks like it.  The first episode will see Mrs. Brown chat to Pamela Anderson, Judy Murray (mother of Andy) and Louis Walsh. Additionally, there will be music from James Blunt.

Other guests lined up for the six-part series include Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield.

Can’t be accused of raiding the RTÉ canteen anyway.

Can we expect the show to have a mammy element?


O’Carroll told Eoghan McDermott earlier this year that the show would be very Mam-heavy.

It will probably be Cathy who is interviewing the celebrities but Mrs Brown will be sitting in on them. The celebrities will be taking their mothers with them too. So it’s fair game.

What does all this mean for Ray D’Arcy?

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The Ray D’Arcy Show will continue to air on Saturday nights albeit at a later time. All Round To Mrs. Brown’s will push Winning Streak to the earlier time of 7.40pm and News & Weather to 8.45pm. The Ray D’Arcy Show will presumably start around 10.15pm.

RTÉ seem hopeful about the pairing of All Round To Mrs. Brown’s and The Ray D’Arcy Show.

The winning combination of The Ray D’Arcy Show and Mrs Brown on RTÉ One promises to keep viewers entertained every Saturday night.

It’s going to be massive, isn’t it?

Put it this way: 607,500 people in Ireland tuned in to watch Mrs. Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Forest over Christmas, so here’s no reason to see why she won’t conquer Saturday nights.

It’s Mrs Brown’s world and we’re all just living in it.

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Amy O'Connor

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