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Mrs Brown enjoys the last laugh as sitcom tops polls

By Sherna Noah

Mrs Brown's Boys has beaten The Office to be named best British sitcom of the 21st century.

The BBC1 show, starring creator Brendan O'Carroll as foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown, attracts millions of viewers and has spawned a successful movie despite being dismissed by critics.

O'Carroll deemed the result of the poll "breathtaking". He said: "It vindicates the fans' belief in the show. They have kept us on the air - it certainly wasn't the reviewers."

The Office, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, came second in the poll, with Peter Kay's Car Share third, above another of his shows, Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights in 16th place.

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