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Brendan O’Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney. Photo: Colin Keegan

Brendan O’Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney. Photo: Colin Keegan

Brendan O’Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney. Photo: Colin Keegan

Brendan O'Carroll is to star in a new BBC One comedy.

The Mrs Brown's Boys creator has been developing a range of shows for the BBC over the past year, and is making his new programme, The Lebanese Outpost.

"I'm doing a pilot at the moment of another thing that I'm doing called Lebanese Outpost and there's a couple of projects that I'm working on," he said.

The new comedy will follow a group of Irish peacekeepers patrolling the border between Lebanon and Israel.

It was reported back in 2018 that Brendan will star in the new comedy alongside his Mrs Brown's Boys cast, which includes his wife Jennifer Gibney and his children Danny and Fiona O'Carroll.

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However, those hoping for a full series reboot with the loud-mouthed matriarch shouldn't get their hopes up, as Brendan's new projects are taking up too much time.

"In order to go back and do a full series of Mrs Brown's Boys, I'd have to drop those," he said.

Instead, the 64-year-old actor - who plays Agnes Brown on the hit programme - has produced two Christmas specials every year since 2012.

He hopes the specials will keep the show in the public consciousness, given that most of the Mrs Brown's Boys income currently comes from touring.

"The whole idea of the Christmas special was, when I started the contract with BBC I said, 'I'm only doing three series. End of story. Three series of six'," O'Carroll said.

"So, the first series we did six. Then they said, 'Well the second series we do six and a Christmas special'.

"So, I said, 'OK'. So, we did six and the Christmas special.

"And then the third series they said, 'Six and a Christmas special'.

"I said, 'Well look, why don't we do two Christmas specials? Because we're going to be in the studio anyway.'

"So, we did the Christmas specials. Now the thing is, you know, our real income comes from touring.

"In order to keep it in the public consciousness, the two Christmas specials really serve that purpose."