Christmas TV: Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas & New Year Specials! Plus Catherine Tate’s Nan is back!

by Lynn Connolly
Catherine Tate: Nan

Mrs Brown's Boys

Mrs Brown’s Boys BBC1 Christmas Special airs on Christmas Day at 9.30pm, and it in, we see that Christmas is just round the corner, and no-one knows what Mrs Brown’s grandson Bono wants for a present. He’s already posted his letter off to Santa, so how can she find out in time?

Meanwhile, at her family games night, Agnes struggles to control her temper when none of the guests will play by her rules. But at least there shouldn’t be any problems with the Christmas tree this year – she’s having a very special one delivered…

Next up is the New Year Special on Monday, December 30th at 9.30pm, and we rejoin the fun as Agnes is a Mammy on a mission – trying to make sure grandson Bono isn’t sent to the infamous local primary school (despite what his parents want). And as if her house isn’t normally noisy enough, she finds herself lumbered with a brand new houseguest – a homeless parrot.

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At least she’s got her New Year’s Eve party to look forward to – until her guests start dropping like flies. Suddenly it looks like she might be seeing in the New Year alone without her family around her…

Nan (Transmission time to be confirmed)

Catherine Tate returns with her well-loved character, Nan.

Catherine Tate: Nan

Whilst Jamie, Nan’s grandson (Mathew Horne) is away in Africa doing voluntary work, a young girl, Alice (Ami Metcalf) has been allocated to Nan by the “Young and Old Buddy-Up Foundation” to keep her company and cheer her up.

Alice soon discovers that Nan’s kitchen tap is broken and so accompanies her to the council office to arrange to get it fixed. Unfortunately, Nan, in her usual style, causes mayhem and upset at the offices, ending up with her being given a community service order in the local hospital.

Catherine Tate: Nan

Jamie, meanwhile, who is skype-ing regularly from Africa, is concerned when he sees Nan in hospital, thinking she’s seriously ill. At the same time, new neighbours have moved in across the corridor and Nan gets involved in preparations for their family wedding party.

Here’s a look at Christmas on the BBC…


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.