We love Mrs Brown's Boys, and it seems we're not alone - it's just been voted the best sitcom of the 21st century in a poll by the Radio Times! Here are just a handful of the reasons it makes us hoot...
- It reminds us of the comedies we loved as youngsters - the innuendo-laden sitcoms involving hilarious scrapes, from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em to the Carry On films. As star and writer Brendan O'Carroll says himself: "There is an audience out there that comedy forgot — that Are You Being Served? audience has been left behind. Us winning this award proves that.”
- It's filmed in front of a live audience. It might seem old-fashioned, but there's something special about the sound of an audience laughing their socks off - and it's probably why the Mrs Brown's Boys tour was a sell-out.
- It's centred around a family. No matter how rude it gets, there's a strong moral core to the programme - about family coming first - which makes us feel warm and fuzzy.
- In fact - much of it IS a real family! Many of the cast are Brendan's friends or family, including his wife Jennifer (who plays Cathy) who you might remember from Strictly Come Dancing. It's lovely seeing how tight-knit they are as a cast, and it really adds to the sense of fun.
- It's just a little bit naughty. There are some seriously risque jokes, a heck of a lot of swearing and plenty of knowing looks to camera... and even though we might feel guilty, we can't help but giggle.
- It works in many formats. It started life as a radio play, moved to theatre, became a TV show, a live tour and then a big-selling film (Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie) - and we've enjoyed them all.
- We'd love to spend the day on set. From the giggles of the cast, to the fact that the kettle's always brewing, we can't help feeling it must be one of the most fun TV studios in the country. And long may it continue!