Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Agnes and Her Boys Return to the Stage; Fresh from TV Success, Irish Mammy Mrs Brown Is Back in Newcastle. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Her Creator Brendan O'Carroll

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Agnes and Her Boys Return to the Stage; Fresh from TV Success, Irish Mammy Mrs Brown Is Back in Newcastle. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Her Creator Brendan O'Carroll

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"I WANT to ring that teacher who told me I would never amount to anything and tell him he's a ******** *****!" Just like his nemesis Agnes Brown, Brendan Carroll doesn't mince his words.

I've met the Irishman several times over the years and, as well as having to write at double quick speed, you soon realise it's not just Mrs Brown who intersperses her sentences with certain little swear words. Truth be told, Brendan as himself is every bit as funny as his alter ego, and for the purpose of this page I have omitted all bad language.

Bad language that, at first, looked like being the stumbling block to getting Mrs Brown on the telly.

"Listen Gordon, I'm just happy to be getting away with it," laughs Brendan.

"I was approached by all the major TV companies to look at developing it for a sitcom. But they all had a different approach.

PLAIN Brendan "Some of them would say they wanted a different cast, I said either we all travel or it doesn't travel. Then another wanted to remove the bad language and I said no. If it doesn't go on telly then that's the way it goes, I really wasn't that pushed about it. We were doing fine theatre-wise.

"It was the BBC who literally walked in off the street in Glasgow one night and Steve the producer knocked at the dressing room door and asked if I would be interested in developing it as a TV sitcom.

"I asked the two questions and he said you couldn't work with any other cast and, regarding the language, he said, 'what language?'.

"For the first time I got a feeling that here was a person who actually got it.

"It took us three years to get to the stage where it finally got off the ground.

"I wanted to do a TV sitcom of what was representative of what we do on stage. He wanted to do the same style sitcom as you would normally get on the TV.

"I wanted people, who see it on TV, that when they come to the live show they're not going to see anything different. …

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