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Watch out Russia...Mrs Brown and her boys set to take you by storm

MRS Brown's Boys are emigrating to Russia and a host of other Eastern European countries.

The Herald can reveal how hit show Mrs Brown's Boys will shortly be televised to homes in Russia, Romania and the Czech Republic.

The true-blue Dublin matriarch of Agnes Brown is poised to become a familiar face in these countries after creator Brendan O'Carroll negotiated a big-money deal with MediaPro Distribution.

Made as a joint production between RTE and BBC, the quirky show has won a string of awards since first airing in 2010, when it proved an instant success.

An astounding coup for the production team, it pulled in highs of eight million viewers for the last episode of series two when it aired on the BBC.

Described as a true family affair, it sees the comedian taking on the title role of Agnes with his own wife Jennifer Gibney playing his daughter Cathy Brown.



Gang

The funnyman's son Danny plays family friend Buster Brady and his daughter Fiona plays Maria Nicholson, with his pal Rory Cowan playing his gay son.

The Finglas native recently signed a €5m deal with Universal to develop a feature film version of the sketch show, which is due to start filming in September.

The programme already airs in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Canada with the gang in the middle of a stage tour of Mrs Brown Rides Again.

The show has also won an IFTA and a BAFTA this year as it continues taking audiences around the globe by storm.

O'Carroll has said how he reckons the series could make him millions of euros in royalties.

"I do think the potential is definitely there for it to make us a lot of money. If we play our cards right over the next five years or so, we could be well on the road to making that," he said.

"You just keep pinching yourself going, 'We're from Finglas, how can this be happening? We're closer to Holyhead than Hollywood'."

hnews@herald.ie