Brendan O’Carroll has revealed he was going to swap his Mrs Brown’s Boys apron for a waistcoat to play ‘Allo ‘Allo legend Rene Artois in a proposed reboot.
The 63-year-old Irish comedian was approached by the BBC to remake the World War II French-set classic for a whole new generation due to the unprecedented success of smash show Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Brendan was set to play lead character Rene (played by late comedy great Gorden Kaye – who died in 2017 aged 75) while his real life wife Jennifer Gibney, 54, would have played saucy waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche.
However the TV star turned down the offer – declaring that the original show (which ran on the BBC between 1982 and 1992) is too much of a classic to be tempered with.
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Although Brendan also considers his own show to be an equal rival.
“We were asked to remake ‘Allo ‘Allo using our cast. I’d have been Rene. It sounded intriguing and I was tempted,” he told the Daily Star.
“But down the line, I’d seen some comedy remakes during the last couple of years and I just thought: ‘No. They don’t compare’. It was what it was at the time,” he said.
Brendan did then go on to suggest he thinks his own show is bigger than the BBC classic.
Allo Allo (starring Gordon kaye, Kim hartman, and Vicki Michelle) ran for 10 years on the BBC
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And indeed, Mrs Brown’s Boys does pull in impressive viewing figures exceeding 11 million.
“I remember one year when the TV ratings came in and during one week the most-viewed show on telly that night was a repeat of Mrs Brown’s Boys and the second most popular was Dad’s Army,” the Irish comic claimed.
Mrs Brown’s Boys is perhaps one of the most divisive TV shows in history – with the series being routinely panned by critics, but it continues to pull in high viewing figures.
A Christmas special is due to air on BBC One on Christmas Day at 10.15pm.