Clearing the way - in terms of what the slot? the budget? is there a rule its one comedy in one comedy out?
ITV is not known for having a packed comedy schedule, so if they had a big sitcom commission in mind, something would probably have to give. It's also not unreasonable to suggest that something like Birds of a Feather (working class, studio based sitcom) fits the same profile as Mrs Browns Boys.
Poaching Mrs Brown - I know since Bake Off people think everything from EastEnders to Strictly is about to move away from the beeb, but its very unlikely
Why unlikely? Seems perfectly reasonable to me. Highly popular, incredibly commercial and not owned by the Beeb.
Always felt like an ITV programme - How can the show which has practically single handily defined BBC One comedy over the last decade feel like an ITV programme? I sounds like you are suggesting that because it is downmarket it feels like ITV, but maybe that is what BBC One is about these days?
I'm a fan of Mrs Brown's Boys and hate the snobbery aimed at it, but it's undeniably a brash, lowbrow comedy and in my view sits far better alongside the sort of programming you'd see Ant & Dec or Paul O'Grady front. It's certainly "the people's comedy" in the same way ITV sees itself as "the people's channel".