BBC viewers slammed this year’s Christmas TV lineup after it was revealed that there would be two Mrs Brown’s Boys specials.
The sitcom, which stars Brendan O’Carroll and was broadcast live over Halloween, celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Episode 1, Mammy’s Mechanical Merriment. Agnes Brown (played by Brendan) joins a church choir at Finglas.
Buster, played by Danny O’Carroll, will be busy looking for a Christmas tree. Dermot, played in Paddy Houlihan’s role, organizes a fundraiser.
As New Year approaches, the second episode will continue where it left off. Agnes is reunited with Micky, Grandad’s younger brother.
The family will continue their story in New Year’s spirit by having a heart to heart over the two episodes.
After the BBC announced the double-special, viewers took to social networking to vent their dismay at the lineup and call the show “insufferable”.
One user wrote to Twitter, “Haven’t we suffered enough?” Thanks to streaming and streaming, and the internet, we can avoid forced festive fun.
“Haven’t we already suffered enough?” A second voice joined the fray, and a third added: “Rolling out Mrs Brown’s Boys yet more. Save me, Lord!
Someone else said, “Don’t switch on the BBC Christmas Eve, not one but TWO Mrs Browns Boys,” “What is the new hell?”
The exact airing times for the specials are not yet known, but fans can expect them to be on TV in the next few weeks.
Mrs Brown’s Boys will be one of the few hit BBC shows to get a special episode this holiday season.
Christmas specials will also be aired on Call the Midwife and Death in Paradise.
The line-up includes a festive-themed The Repair Shop as well as two new nature films by Sir David Attenborough.
Charlotte Moore, chief content officer at the BBC, expressed her hope that the programs would “bring everybody together to celebrate the festive season”.
She said, “There are special programs to enthral you and enchant with your favourite stars and characters. It doesn’t matter what your mood is.”