Mrs Brown’s Boys viewers threatened to switch off as they slammed the constant Covid references on the show.
The BBC One show treated fans to their usual festive special on Christmas Day, with creator Brendan O’Carroll in the lead role – but fans were left feeling annoyed by the multiple references to the pandemic throughout the 35 minute special.
Viewers took to social media site Twitter to slam the show for constantly bringing up and referencing the pandemic – as they wanted to use the programme as an escape from the current crisis amid the rise of the Omicron variant.
One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Whoooa, #mrsbrownsboys waaay too heavy on the Covid chat. People want to escape life’s troubles through comedy, not be reminded of it.”
“Disappointed that they’ve included so much covid chat in this episode. The odd reference would be understandable, but they’re going overboard with it a bit. When I watch TV I want to get away from covid , especially at Christmas,” another added.
A third wrote: “all the topics to talk about and they choose covid 🙁 #MrsBrownsBoys.”
However, some fans were impressed with the Christmas special.
“Loved #mrsbrownsboys tonight! @MrsBrownsBoys,” one shared, whilst a second added: “Thoroughly enjoyed @MrsBrownsBoys tonight! Not laughed like that in a long time! Fantastic! Can’t wait for the #NYE Special! #mrsbrownsboys.”
Others said it was the perfect end to Christmas Day, writing: “Feet up, a few drinks of the alcoholic variety & @MrsBrownsBoys on the TV, what more could you ask for to wind down on Christmas Day… #MrsBrownsBoys#HappyChristmas.”
It comes after the lead star Brendan had his own Christmas plans ruined by Covid.
“I’m staying in my bubble because unfortunately, I was in contact with somebody who was in contact with somebody who tested positive,” he shared, “We’re waiting on the result of the PCR.”