Father Ted. Image shows from L to R: Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon), Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Father Ted

Father Ted

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 1995 - 1998
  • 25 episodes (3 series)

Fathers Ted Crilly, Dougal McGuire and Jack Hackett are the inept priests of Craggy Island, banished from the mainland in various circumstances. Stars Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly and Pauline McLynn.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Good Luck, Father Ted

When he receives a call from a television producer, Father Ted thinks he may have spied a route to fame, fortune, and an escape from Craggy Island.

Further details

Fame beckons for Father Ted after Terry MacNamee from Faith of Our Fathers phones up to interview Ted for 'The Television'.

Unfortunately, the filming at the local beauty spot coincides with the arrival of Funland on Craggy Island. Ted's carefully laid plans are ruined because the temptations of Spider Baby, The Tunnel of Goats, and The Spinning Cat prove irresistible to Dougal, who is distracted from his assigned duty: restraining the virtually feral Father Jack.

After a trip to a tarot reader fails to convince Dougal to go home, Ted finds himself hoist by his own petard; stuck up The Crane of Death with Jack while Terry MacNamee interviews Dougal about his beliefs. Regrettably, it soon transpires Dougal doesn't really have any strong religious opinions at all...

Broadcast details

Friday 21st April 1995
Channel 4
30 minutes


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Cast & crew

Dermot Morgan Father Ted Crilly
Ardal O'Hanlon Father Dougal McGuire
Frank Kelly Father Jack Hackett
Pauline McLynn Mrs Doyle
Guest cast
Gerard Lee Terry MacNamee
Pat Shortt Tom
Noelle Brown Teaching Nun
Blanaid Irvine Tarot Reader
Patrick Drury John O'Leary
Rynagh O'Grady Mary O'Leary
Mark Murray Surly Youth
Writing team
Graham Linehan Writer
Arthur Mathews Writer
Production team
Declan Lowney Director
Geoffrey Perkins Producer
Mary Bell Executive Producer
Nick Ames Editor
Anne Tilby (as Anne Tilby Jones) Production Designer

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