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 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.

Further details

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 19th September 2010 11:35pm More4
Sunday 28th November 2010 10:00pm More4
Sunday 22nd May 2011 11:10pm More4
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Wednesday 16th March 2022 3:10am More4
Saturday 5th November 2022 12:10am C4
Saturday 24th December 2022 10:10pm More4
Sunday 25th December 2022 3:30am More4
Sunday 24th December 2023 8:00pm More4

Cast & crew

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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