Mrs Brown's Boys creator and star Brendan O'Carroll has revealed that he refused to tone down the swearing on the show when asked by the BBC.

The Irish comedian, who plays indomitable matriarch Agnes Brown in the popular TV series, said that during early meetings with the BBC, he was asked to cut out swear words so the programme could be shown before the watershed.

Speaking at a preview screening for this year's two Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas specials, 63-year-old O'Carroll recalled a meeting with television executive Danny Cohen, who had taken over as the corporation's controller, which he knew was about bad language in the show.

Brendan O'Carroll refused to tone down bad language on Mrs Brown's Boys

He said: "Danny Cohen had taken over as controller. I had been invited in for a 'f***' meeting. I went in with my producer. I arrived and Danny Cohen, he was mighty big and he was swinging in his chair.

"He spent the first 10 minutes telling me how lucky the BBC felt to have found me and the family, how wonderful Mrs Brown's Boys was and how he liked that there was also pathos there and hopefully a message at the end - that families fall in and fall out but at the end of the day there's always something that keeps them together. We were going through all of this stuff."

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas specials for RTÉ One on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

O'Carroll said he asked Cohen to get to the point, continuing: "Now I'm getting f****** bored. I say: 'Danny, can we cut to the chase? You want me to stop saying 'f***' so you can put the show on at eight o'clock.'

"And he said: 'Exactly'. He said to me: 'Look Benny, we want to make you a big star. We really do. The BBC want to make you a big headline star'.

"I said: 'Okay, two things. First of all, I don't want to be a big star. I never wanted to be a big star. I never did.

"Number two, the show is the show. Put it at eight o'clock, or put it on at half 10, put it on at half 12, the people who want to see it will find it. But the show is the show. I don't care when you put it on, we are not changing the show."

The first Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 10pm and the second will air on New Year’s Eve at 9.45pm on RTÉ One.