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'Mrs Brown' shelves new series for silver screen

It has become the biggest TV show in Ireland and the UK, topping the ratings on both RTE and the BBC.

But Dublin matriarch Mrs Brown will be missing from TV screens next year.

In order to concentrate on a 'Mrs Brown' film, comedian and star Brendan O'Carroll has decided not to make a fourth series of hit comedy 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

Friends say the 57 year old may decide he wants his BAFTA-winning sitcom to follow in the footsteps of short-running classic comedies like 'Father Ted', which only ran for three series on Channel 4, or 'Fawlty Towers', which had just two on the BBC.

However, the Finglas man is committed to making a Mrs Brown Christmas special each year until 2015.

In the UK, 8.78 million tuned in on Christmas Eve and 8.97 million on St Stephen's Day.

As well as shooting the $6m movie, provisionally titled 'Mrs Brown, De Filum', in August, O'Carroll begins a tour in March of UK arenas playing Mrs Brown.

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Currently on holiday in Florida, the star returns to Britain tomorrow to present an award at the UK's National TV Awards, hosted by Dermot O'Leary and aired live on ITV from 7.30pm, at which 'Mrs Brown's Boys' has been nominated in the Best Sitcom category.

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