Northern Ireland

Mrs Brown and her Boys get a Bafta nod

Mrs Brown
Image caption Mrs Brown is nominated in the Best Sitcom category

As a long suffering Irish mammy Mrs Brown doesn't often have much to smile about.

But Brendan O'Carroll's comic creation finally has cause for celebration after being nominated for a Bafta.

Mrs Brown's Boys, a joint BBC and RTE venture, has been nominated in the Best Situation Comedy category along with audience favourites including, Peep Show, Rev and the Trip.

Dublin-born comedian O'Carroll, who plays the role of the title character, said he was "gobsmacked" when he heard his sitcom was in the running for a Bafta.

The show, which centres around the lives of Agnes Brown and her wayward family, has just been commissioned for a second series by the BBC.

According to the Irish Times, O'Carroll said he was particularly astonished at his Bafta nod because the first episode of the series was only broadcast on 25 February - the same night that nominations for the awards finished.

Mrs Brown, an interfering matriarch from Dublin city, first appeared as a radio sketch in 1992.

The character's recent TV stint has received mixed reviews from critics, despite proving to be a ratings winner for RTE and the BBC.

But O'Carroll's peers from the television industry, who make up the Bafta jury, appear to have given the show the seal of approval.

Other Irish stars who are in the running for an award at this year's ceremony on 22 May are Robert Sheehan who stars in the Misfits, presenter Graham Norton and actor Brendan Coyle.

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