Mrs Brown's Boys chat show cancelled this year due to Covid
The pandemic strikes again.
The chat show involving the cast of Mrs Brown's Boys has been cancelled this year because of the pandemic.
The talk show is hosted by Mrs Brown, the comedic creation of Brendan O'Carroll, and has ran on the BBC and RTÉ every spring since 2017
However, this year BBC bosses have said that filming of the show was not possible this year due to coronavirus restrictions.
A TV insider told the Daily Star: "Execs have tried just about everything to get this year’s series made, but the restrictions have made it impossible.
"It’s the first year since the show started that it won’t be airing.
“It’s such a shame for everyone involved and of course its millions of viewers."
However, the BBC has promised that some "very exciting Mrs Brown news is coming very soon."
In a statement, a spokesman for the broadcaster said: "While All Round To Mrs Brown's will not be returning this year, fans need not worry as some very exciting Mrs Brown news is coming very soon."
The sitcom is still set to return for its festive special on Christmas Day, despite disappointing viewing figures for the special last year.
The last full series of the sitcom was aired in early 2013. Since then the show has had specials every Christmas and the chat show, which first ran in 2017. It also spawned a film, which unsurprisingly was panned by critics and holds a 6% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It's safe to say that Brendan O'Carroll's creation remains one of the great enigmas of television. For half of the population (and I include myself in this group) it is one of the biggest crimes against television you will ever see.
However the fact of the matter is that it has been one of the most successful sitcoms of the past 10 years. It attracted audiences of over 9 million at its peak and won a whole host of awards, including a Bafta for Best Situation Comedy in 2012.
In 2016, it was even named the best sitcom of the 21st Century in an audience poll, ahead of classics such as Peep Show, The Thick Of It, and The Office.