Fans of the madcap Irish comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys, can look forward to seeing their favourite show live. Next summer, BBC1 will show a special one-off live episode of the hit show to kick off a new season celebrating the sitcom…

Brendan O’Carroll, who plays Irish Matriarch, said: “This is very exciting. When I heard the BBC were letting us go fully live I thought: ‘They’ve lost their minds!’ I’m seriously delighted about this. As Mrs Brown’s Boys started in the theatre it gives us a chance to show the TV audience LIVE what we really do. Put the kids to bed early!”

The BBC’s sitcom season will be shown in 2016 as it marks 60 years since Hancock’s Half Hour launched the sitcom on BBC television.