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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 4 - Competition Time

Ted's excited. He thinks he's got a good chance of winning the all-priests lookalike show this year. Sadly, neither Jack nor Dougal are particularly inventive souls...

Full synopsis

Ted's plan to win the All Priest Stars in Their Eyes look-alike competition (and take a precious fiver off Father Dick Byrne in the process) gets off to a bad start when both Dougal and Jack steal his idea and also dress as Elvis.

Ted's hopes of victory rest on impressing this year's judge and host of the popular Morning Quiz show, Henry Sellers. Plying him with tea and sandwiches seems to be the obvious trick, until exposure to Mrs Doyle's sherry leads Sellers to reveal exactly why he was sacked from the BBC...

Having rescued the now feral Henry from running wild across the island, the competition is back on. It culminates in a head-to-head clash between Diana Ross (plus two Supremes) and The Three Ages of Elvis, featuring Jack as the bloated, cheeseburger-eating King.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 12th May 1995
Time
9pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

  1. Sunday 26th September 2010 at 11:10pm on More4
  2. Sunday 5th December 2010 at 10:05pm on More4
  3. Sunday 29th May 2011 at 11:10pm on More4
  4. Sunday 23rd October 2011 at 11:40pm on More4
  5. Sunday 1st April 2012 at 11:40pm on More4
  6. Sunday 24th June 2012 at 10:35pm on More4
  7. Monday 25th June 2012 at 2:55am on More4
  8. Thursday 28th June 2012 at 11:35pm on More4
  9. Sunday 16th September 2012 at 10:35pm on More4
  10. Monday 17th September 2012 at 1:50am on More4
  11. Thursday 20th September 2012 at 11:35pm on More4
  12. Sunday 9th December 2012 at 10:35pm on More4
  13. Saturday 15th December 2012 at 12:50am on More4
  14. Sunday 6th January 2013 at 10:35pm on More4
  15. Sunday 24th March 2013 at 10:35pm on More4
  16. Saturday 30th March 2013 at 12:55am on More4
  17. Sunday 16th June 2013 at 10:35pm on More4
  18. Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 12:00am on More4
  19. Thursday 12th September 2013 at 11:50pm on More4
  20. Sunday 15th September 2013 at 11:50pm on More4
  21. Sunday 17th November 2013 at 10:35pm on More4
  22. Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 12:55am on More4
  23. Wednesday 25th December 2013 at 12:10am on More4
  24. Tuesday 31st December 2013 at 11:10pm on More4
  25. Sunday 12th January 2014 at 10:35pm on More4
  26. Saturday 18th January 2014 at 12:40am on More4
  27. Sunday 19th January 2014 at 10:35pm on More4
  28. Friday 24th January 2014 at 11:50pm on More4
  29. Saturday 26th July 2014 at 10:00pm on More4
  30. Saturday 2nd August 2014 at 1:10am on More4
  31. Friday 17th October 2014 at 11:35pm on More4
  32. Saturday 29th November 2014 at 7:55pm on More4
  33. Sunday 30th November 2014 at 11:40pm on More4
  34. Monday 23rd May 2016 at 2:15am on More4
  35. Sunday 19th June 2016 at 12:25am on More4
  36. Monday 20th June 2016 at 12:45am on More4
  37. Sunday 4th September 2016 at 2:20am on More4
  38. Sunday 4th September 2016 at 9:00pm on More4
  39. Saturday 26th November 2016 at 10:50pm on More4
  40. Sunday 27th November 2016 at 9:00pm on More4
  41. Tuesday 20th December 2016 at 2:45am on More4
  42. Tuesday 27th December 2016 at 2:00am on More4
  43. Sunday 15th January 2017 at 10:35pm on More4
  44. Monday 16th January 2017 at 3:15am on More4
  45. Sunday 14th May 2017 at 12:45am on More4
  46. Sunday 14th May 2017 at 9:35pm on More4
  47. Sunday 28th May 2017 at 12:50am on More4
  48. Sunday 28th May 2017 at 9:30pm on More4
  49. Sunday 27th August 2017 at 12:45am on More4
  50. Sunday 27th August 2017 at 9:00pm on More4
  51. Sunday 31st December 2017 at 10:35pm on More4
  52. Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 1:10am on More4
  53. Sunday 14th January 2018 at 1:50am on More4
  54. Sunday 14th January 2018 at 9:35pm 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
Niall Buggy Henry Sellers
Maurice O'Donoghue Father Dick Byrne
Don Wycherley Father Cyril McDuff
Chris Curran Father Jim Johnson
Fergus O'Kelly Father Barty Dunne
John Olohan Sgt Deegan
Paul Woodfull Father Harry Coyle
Jean Ainslie Jane
Edwina Day Monica
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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