Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has revealed he has begun work on the pilot for his new sitcom The Lebanese Outpost.
The 64-year-old comedian is making the comedy for BBC One about a group of Irish peacekeepers patrolling the border between Lebanon and Israel.
O’Carroll told Deadline: “I’m doing a pilot at the moment of another thing that I’m doing called Lebanese Outpost and there’s a couple of projects that I’m working on.”
Confirmation of the pilot comes over a year after it was first revealed O’Carroll was developing the project, expected to star the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys, who include his wife Jennifer Gibney and his children Danny, Fiona and Eric O’Carroll.
O’Carroll made the comments in response to a question about a potential new full series of Mrs Brown’s Boys.
He added: “In order to go back and do a [full] series [of Mrs. Brown’s Boys], I’d have to drop those.”
The third series of Mrs Brown’s Boys ended in 2013 but the show has since aired two Christmas specials every year for the last six years - and fans have called for another full series.
O’Carroll said: “The whole idea of the Christmas special was, when I started the contract with BBC I said, ‘I’m only doing three series. End of story. Three series of six.’ So, the first series we did six. Then they said, ‘Well the second series we do six and a Christmas special.’ So, I said, ‘Okay.’ So, we did six and the Christmas special. And then the third series they said, ‘Six and a Christmas special.’ I said, ‘Well look, why don’t we do two Christmas specials? Because we’re going to be in the studio anyway. Let’s get two of them out.’ So, we did the Christmas specials.
“Now the thing is, you know, our real income comes from touring. In order to keep it in the public conscious, the two Christmas specials really serve that purpose.”
The family were due to take the live show Mrs Bown’s Boys D’Musical to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the US this year, but the world tour has now been postponed to 2021 while the UK tour is extended.