Fathers Ted Crilly, Dougal McGuire and Jack Hackett are the inept priests of Craggy Island, banished from the mainland in various circumstances
- 1995 - 1998 (Channel 4)
- 25 (3 series)
- Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn
- Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews
- Hat Trick Productions
One small island off the west coast of Ireland. Three priests. One housekeeper. A bunch of nuns - and the most consistently awful weather on the planet.
Three Roman Catholic priests have been banished to the remote, backward backwater of Craggy Island in various dubious circumstances:
Father Jack Hackett is a rambling, inane old drunk. Father Dougal McGuire means well, but is a true simpleton with less common sense than a toddler. And so, what passes for the 'running' of the island, the parochial house, and coping with housekeeper Mrs Doyle, is left to the only remotely sane member of the trio, Father Ted Crilly.
Our Review: Father Ted is undoubtedly one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s, and one of Channel 4's most successful series ever. It gave the world four of the most well-loved and well-defined sitcom characters around in Fathers Crilly, Hackett and McGuire, not to mention housekeeper Mrs Doyle, quickly becoming a firm favourite with many viewers.
However, unlike some of the other ofted-named 'best sitcom ever' contenders, Father Ted is not without its fair share of bits that really don't work, other scenes that are wonderful, and - sadly - even the odd entire episode that just seems to drag. Nevertheless, the popularity and success of the 3 series produced cannot be overlooked.
Here at the BCG, we're slightly divided: undoubtedly there is some absolutely wonderful, sublime comedy, and some of the 1990s' best laughs can be found sprinkled throughout; and yet we often find that we're having to force ourselves to watch episodes, where many other sitcoms would leave us wanting more more more once the credits began to roll. That's not to give any impression that we don't enjoy the show, but that there's just something slightly strange about it - something unique, perhaps, and maybe that's what so many love so much.