Father Ted is an Irish sitcom produced by Channel 4. It was written by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan and has a predominantly
Irish cast. It ran for three series and a total of 25 episodes between 1995 and 1998.
It is set on Craggy Island, just off the west of Ireland's coast. It follows the adventures of three priests, Father Ted Criily, Father
Dougal Mcguire and Father Jack Hackett who have been banished to the Island for various incidents by Bishop Len Brennan.
Below is an episode guide for Father Ted:
Good Luck, Father Ted Ted sees stars when a television programme wants to interview him, but he doesn't want the other priests interfering.
Entertaining Father Stone The most boring priest in Ireland comes to the parochial house for his annual visit leaving Ted and Dougal desperate to get rid of him.
The Passion of St Tibulus Bishop Brennan arrives at the parochial house to demand that Ted and Dougal mount a protest outside a cinema that is screening a highly blasphemous film.
Competition Time It's the All Priests Stars in Their Eyes Lookalike Competition' and Ted is determined to beat his arch rival Father Dick Byrne
Going to America Ted gets the opportunity of a lifetime to become a priest in America, but can't bring himself to break it to the others that they're not invited.
The Main Characters
Father Ted Crilly
Father Ted Crilly is an Irish Catholic priest who shares the parochial house with two other priests, the younger Father Dougal McGuire
and Father Jack Hackett, and his housekeeper Mrs Doyle. The three priests were banished there by Bishop Len Brennan, their boss, after three
major incidents. Ted's incident had something to do with Lourdes and a financial impropriety. He often protests that the money was just resting
in his account.
Ted has always dreamt of a more exciting and glamorous life than of being a priest. Despite this, he really has genuine religious
convictions and is always offended and concerned when Father Dougal expresses doubt or ignorance of Catholic dogma. Ted often twists
his religious beliefs for his own ends when he is involved in some ridiculous scheme or the other and he tends to display a childish
side when he is playing games of one-upmanship with Father Dick Byrne from Rugged Island. Father Dougal is Ted's sidekick in all
Father Dougal McGuire
Father Dougal McGuire is the youngest of the three priests at the parochial house and we learn that he was banished there after the
mysterious Blackrock incident in which many peoples' lives were irreparably damaged. Quite how Dougal became a priest remains a mystery
as he seems to be in doubt about all of the church's major doctrines. We discover that he doesn't even know how to recite the Lord's prayer.
Dougal also has a very childish personality. He likes rollerblading and has kids designs on his bedsheets. He has difficulty in
understanding concepts that most people have mastered by the age of four. His attempts at performing basic Catholic rituals inevitably
end in utter carnage as was the case when he was asked to perform a funeral service in Ted's absence.
Father Jack Hackett
Father Jack Hackett is the oldest of the priests banished to Craggy Island. We discover that his banishment has something to do with a wedding
ceremony that he performed in Athlone. He is a lecherous, alcoholic, foul-mouthed pathetic excuse for a priest. He is in a constant
incoherent state due to years of alcohol abuse. He expresses himself through shouting out random words, namely; FECK, ARSE, DRINK and GIRLS.
In his earlier life Jack was a hell and brimstone preacher and enjoyed tormenting his students by talking about the raging fires
of eternal damnation. He also liked to dish out corporal punishment and had an unhealthy interest in his female students. Despite this, Ted
gives him an over generous level of respect, something which is not reciprocated as Jack thnks Ted and Dougal are a pair of Gobshites.
Mrs Doyle is the housekeeper and general dogsbody at the parochial house. She has an insane zeal for making sandwiches cakes and tea.
If anyone refuses one of her snacks or cups of tea she keeps on asking them until they agree by repeating the phrase go on, go on,
go on. It is usually a lot easier to partake of one of her refreshments. Aside from these duties, Mrs Doyle also does some extremely
dangerous thing around the house, i.e., digging drainage ditches and mending the roof. She has some nasty accidents while doing these
chores, and Ted is seemingly oblivious to her arduous effort.
Father Ted Theme Tune
Father Ted Crilly -- Dermot Morgan
Father Dougal McGuire -- Ardal O'Hanlon
Father Jack Hackett -- Frank Kelly
Mrs Doyle -- Pauline McLynn
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