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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

Channel 4 sitcom laughing at some rubbish priests. 25 episodes (3 series), 1995 - 1998. Stars Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly and Pauline McLynn.

Series 2, Episode 1 is repeated on More4 on Saturday at 11:35pm

Series 1, Episode 3 - The Passion Of Saint Tibulus

The fearsome Bishop Brennan drops by the parochial house in order to task Ted and Dougal with picketing a new film, The Passion Of Saint Tibulus.

Full synopsis

After a night gossiping with Father Hernandez over the longest game of Cluedo in history, Ted and Dougal find themselves bullied into being moral crusaders by Bishop Brennan, with disastrous results.

His Holiness has banned the blasphemous nudie film The Passion of Saint Tibulus, but due to a legal loophole Craggy Island is the only place in the Catholic world that can show the film. The Bishop now wants Ted to launch a public protest that will make the Church's disapproval crystal clear.

After a research trip, Dougal is confused by what St Tibulus was doing with that man's banana, but not as confused as Bishop Brennan when he realises Ted's protest has given the film a massive publicity boost...

Broadcast details

Friday 5th May 1995
Channel 4
30 minutes


  1. Sunday 19th September 2010 at 11:35pm on More4
  2. Sunday 28th November 2010 at 10:00pm on More4
  3. Sunday 22nd May 2011 at 11:10pm on More4
  4. Sunday 16th October 2011 at 11:40pm on More4
  5. Sunday 1st April 2012 at 11:05pm on More4
  6. Sunday 24th June 2012 at 10:00pm on More4
  7. Monday 25th June 2012 at 2:25am on More4
  8. Thursday 28th June 2012 at 11:00pm on More4
  9. Sunday 16th September 2012 at 10:00pm on More4
  10. Monday 17th September 2012 at 1:15am on More4
  11. Thursday 20th September 2012 at 11:00pm on More4
  12. Sunday 9th December 2012 at 10:00pm on More4
  13. Saturday 15th December 2012 at 12:15am on More4
  14. Sunday 6th January 2013 at 10:00pm on More4
  15. Sunday 24th March 2013 at 10:00pm on More4
  16. Saturday 30th March 2013 at 12:25am on More4
  17. Sunday 16th June 2013 at 10:00pm on More4
  18. Friday 21st June 2013 at 11:25pm on More4
  19. Thursday 12th September 2013 at 11:15pm on More4
  20. Sunday 15th September 2013 at 11:15pm on More4
  21. Sunday 17th November 2013 at 10:00pm on More4
  22. Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 12:20am on More4
  23. Sunday 12th January 2014 at 10:00pm on More4
  24. Saturday 18th January 2014 at 12:05am on More4
  25. Sunday 19th January 2014 at 10:00pm on More4
  26. Friday 24th January 2014 at 11:15pm on More4
  27. Sunday 20th July 2014 at 12:10am on More4
  28. Sunday 12th October 2014 at 11:05pm on More4
  29. Sunday 12th October 2014 at 11:40pm on More4
  30. Friday 17th October 2014 at 11:00pm on More4
  31. Saturday 15th November 2014 at 12:45am on More4
  32. Sunday 15th May 2016 at 11:05pm on More4
  33. Monday 23rd May 2016 at 1:40am on More4
  34. Saturday 18th June 2016 at 11:50pm on More4
  35. Monday 20th June 2016 at 12:10am on More4
  36. Sunday 28th August 2016 at 1:30am on More4
  37. Sunday 28th August 2016 at 9:35pm on More4
  38. Saturday 19th November 2016 at 11:25pm on More4
  39. Sunday 20th November 2016 at 10:35pm on More4
  40. Tuesday 20th December 2016 at 2:10am on More4
  41. Monday 26th December 2016 at 3:10am on More4
  42. Sunday 15th January 2017 at 10:05pm on More4
  43. Monday 16th January 2017 at 2:45am on More4
  44. Sunday 28th May 2017 at 12:15am on More4
  45. Sunday 28th May 2017 at 9:00pm on More4
  46. Sunday 20th August 2017 at 1:50am on More4
  47. Sunday 20th August 2017 at 9:35pm on More4
  48. Sunday 14th January 2018 at 1:15am on More4
  49. Sunday 14th January 2018 at 9:00pm on More4

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dermot Morgan Father Ted Crilly
Ardal O'Hanlon Father Dougal McGuire
Frank Kelly Father Jack Hackett
Pauline McLynn Mrs Doyle
Guest cast
Patrick Drury John O'Leary
Rynagh O'Grady Mary O'Leary
Derrick Branche Father Jose Fernandez
Jim Norton Bishop Len Brennan
Jon Kenny Michael Cocheese
Pat Leavy Woman In Cinema
Don Foley Jim Halpin
Ann Rowan Mrs Sheridan
Blanaid Irvine Mrs Glynn
Hugh B O'Brien Pat Harty
Geoffrey Perkins Spanish Interpreter (Voice)
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


How Father Ted's slogan became a symbol of protest

It has been used to speak out against the pope, police brutality and rising student fees. It has spread from Craggy Island, a fictional outpost of Ireland, to Britain. It was present for the unseating of an Icelandic prime minister and travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to Washington, DC for the inauguration of Donald Trump. Last week it was back in London amid a 30,000-strong crowd protesting Mr Trump's planned state visit. If you've been to a demonstration over the past few years, chances are you'll have encountered a sign bearing the curious legend "Down With This Sort of Thing". But what does the slogan stand for?

The Economist, 7th February 2017

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