Father Ted

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Father Ted was a satirical television situation comedy set on the extremely remote fictional Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. The scripts were written by Arthur Linehan and Graham Matthews.

In it, three disgraced priests preside over the parish: Father Ted Crilly (played by Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal McGuire (played by Ardal O'Hanlon) and the disgusting elderly priest, Father Jack Hackett (played by Frank Kelly). They have a housekeeper Mrs Doyle (played by Pauline McLynn), who is hell-bent on serving tea to all and sundry.

Their boss is one Bishop Len Brennan, (played by Jim Norton), who is responsible for Ted, Dougal and Jack's exile: Ted, a bon vivant, for misappropriating church funds and blowing them on a gambling trip to Las Vegas, Jack for some unspecified offence against a group of nuns in Athlone, and Father Dougal for a mysterious incident in Black Rock.

Also appearing regularly in the series are a couple of parishioners, Mary and John, who whilst striving to appear sweetness and light to the clergy are in reality at each other's throats.

The theme music for the series was written and performed by The Divine Comedy.

Just after the completion of Series 3, Dermot Morgan died of a heart attack, aged 45.

List of Episodes:

Series 1

  • Good Luck, Father Ted
  • Entertaining Father Stone
  • The Passion Of St. Tibulus
  • Competition Time
  • And God Created Woman
  • Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest

Series 2

  • Hell
  • Think Fast, Father Ted
  • Tentacles Of Doom
  • The Old Grey Whistle Theft
  • Song For Europe
  • The Plague
  • Rock-a-Hula Ted
  • Cigarettes And Alcohol And Rollerblading
  • New Jack City
  • Flight Into Terror

Christmas Special:

  • A Christmassy Ted

Series 3

  • Are You Right There, Father Ted?
  • Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep
  • Speed 3
  • The Mainland
  • Escape From Victory
  • Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse
  • Night Of The Nearly Dead
  • Going To America