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 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...

Further details

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

Friday 12th May 1995
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 26th September 2010 11:10pm More4
Sunday 5th December 2010 10:05pm More4
Sunday 29th May 2011 11:10pm More4
Sunday 23rd October 2011 11:40pm More4
Sunday 1st April 2012 11:40pm More4
Sunday 24th June 2012 10:35pm More4
Monday 25th June 2012 2:55am More4
Thursday 28th June 2012 11:35pm More4
Sunday 16th September 2012 10:35pm More4
Monday 17th September 2012 1:50am More4
Thursday 20th September 2012 11:35pm More4
Sunday 9th December 2012 10:35pm More4
Saturday 15th December 2012 12:50am More4
Sunday 6th January 2013 10:35pm More4
Sunday 24th March 2013 10:35pm More4
Saturday 30th March 2013 12:55am More4
Sunday 16th June 2013 10:35pm More4
Saturday 22nd June 2013 12:00am More4
Thursday 12th September 2013 11:50pm More4
Sunday 15th September 2013 11:50pm More4
Sunday 17th November 2013 10:35pm More4
Saturday 23rd November 2013 12:55am More4
Wednesday 25th December 2013 12:10am More4
Tuesday 31st December 2013 11:10pm More4
Sunday 12th January 2014 10:35pm More4
Saturday 18th January 2014 12:40am More4
Sunday 19th January 2014 10:35pm More4
Friday 24th January 2014 11:50pm More4
Saturday 26th July 2014 10:00pm More4
Saturday 2nd August 2014 1:10am More4
Friday 17th October 2014 11:35pm More4
Saturday 29th November 2014 7:55pm More4
Sunday 30th November 2014 11:40pm More4
Monday 23rd May 2016 2:15am More4
Sunday 19th June 2016 12:25am More4
Monday 20th June 2016 12:45am More4
Sunday 4th September 2016 2:20am More4
Sunday 4th September 2016 9:00pm More4
Saturday 26th November 2016 10:50pm More4
Sunday 27th November 2016 9:00pm More4
Tuesday 20th December 2016 2:45am More4
Tuesday 27th December 2016 2:00am More4
Sunday 15th January 2017 10:35pm More4
Monday 16th January 2017 3:15am More4
Sunday 14th May 2017 12:45am More4
Sunday 14th May 2017 9:35pm More4
Sunday 28th May 2017 12:50am More4
Sunday 28th May 2017 9:30pm More4
Sunday 27th August 2017 12:45am More4
Sunday 27th August 2017 9:00pm More4
Sunday 31st December 2017 10:35pm More4
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 1:10am More4
Sunday 14th January 2018 1:50am More4
Sunday 14th January 2018 9:35pm More4
Saturday 15th September 2018 9:35pm More4
Sunday 16th September 2018 2:50am More4
Saturday 13th October 2018 9:35pm More4
Sunday 14th October 2018 1:45am More4
Monday 24th December 2018 10:45pm More4
Thursday 28th February 2019 10:35pm More4
Friday 1st March 2019 2:45am More4
Thursday 29th August 2019 12:30am More4
Sunday 1st September 2019 1:15am More4
Sunday 8th December 2019 12:10am More4
Sunday 19th January 2020 12:10am More4
Sunday 19th January 2020 3:20am More4
Saturday 11th April 2020 12:55am More4
Tuesday 12th May 2020 12:40am More4
Tuesday 9th June 2020 1:25am More4
Thursday 2nd July 2020 11:50pm More4
Saturday 4th July 2020 3:25am 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
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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