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Father Ted

  • 1995
  • Drama
  • Sitcom
  • PG


"Father Ted" is a sitcom following the misadventures of three Roman Catholic priests who live in a parish on the fictional Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon) and the retired Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) live together in Craggy Island's parochial house, along with their housekeeper Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn), whose role in life seems to be the endless distribution of cups of tea. Father Ted is the nominal head of the household. He was exiled to the island for something referred to only as "that Lourdes thing" - an apparent misappropriation of church funds which had been intended to fund a poor child's pilgrimage to Lourdes. As well as being reluctant to perform his religious duties, Ted also has to tolerate Father Dougal's immense cluelessness and Father Jack's physical and verbal abuse. Ted has a long-standing rivalry with Father Dick Byrne (Maurice O'Donoghue), parish priest of Rugged Island, and his dreams of relocating to a parish in America are constantly thwarted by Bishop Len Brennan (Jim Norton). The hugely popular series was written by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan and premiered on Channel 4 in 1995. Dermot Morgan died from a heart attack just 24 hours after completing the recording of the last episode of the third series.

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Father Ted CrillyDermot Morgan
Father Dougal McGuireArdal O'Hanlon
Father Jack HackettFrank Kelly
Mrs DoylePauline McLynn


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