"Mrs. Brown's Boys" appeared first on RTÉ 2fm, an Irish radio station in 1992 and then in a series of books written by Brendan O'Carroll from the mid-1990's onwards. The books, entitled The Mammy, The Chisellers, The Granny, The Scrapper, and The Young Wan, were first published in Ireland, before being made available in the United Kingdom. In 2000, The Mammy was adapted into a film titled "Agnes Browne" (see The ShackNation Theatre Mainstream Films section) with Anjelica Huston playing the title character. Following the success of the film, O'Carroll wrote a series of stories, adapted from the books, in which he played Mrs. Browne (now spelled 'Brown') and cast the rest of the family — including many of his own relatives as characters. A series of seven, film-like adaptations was shown on Irish television between 2002 and 2008. During this time, O'Carroll took the show on the road, appearing in a series of Mrs. Brown plays in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Irish TV adaptations were released on DVD in 2009, alongside a DVD of bloopers and unseen footage from the recording. In 2010, O'Carroll was approached to create a television series based on the show. He recruited the cast of the Irish TV adaptations and wrote a series of six thirty-minute episodes, together with an unbroadcast pilot, in order to encourage a network to pick up the series. RTÉ One subsequently bought the broadcast rights and the first, six-part series began airing on the channel from 1 January to 5 February 2011. In the United Kingdom, the BBC bought the rights and the first episode was transmitted on 21 February 2011. The rest is history. That history is contained within.