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 2 - A Christmassy Ted

When Ted's quick thinking saves a group of Priests - and the Catholic church - from a major embarrassment (involving lingerie) at Christmas, he is given the prestigious Golden Cleric award. But on Craggy Island, nothing is as simple as it seems... Apart from Dougal.

Further details

Christmas is two days away and all the lights are on - but nobody's at home in Dougal's head. He's desperate to find out what's behind the next window in the Advent Calendar - will it be a load of people in a stable, or Ruud Gullit sitting on a shed?

While Dougal is getting over-excited, Ted is brooding on yet another year stuck on Craggy Island without achieving anything. Still, at least he can look forward to a nice quiet Christmas with no unusual incidents or strange people turning up...

Broadcast details

Tuesday 24th December 1996
Channel 4
70 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 19th December 2010 11:00pm C4
Saturday 25th December 2010 12:00am More4
Sunday 4th December 2011 10:00pm More4
Saturday 24th December 2011 11:55pm C4
Friday 21st December 2012 11:05pm C4
Saturday 22nd December 2012 10:00pm More4
Monday 24th December 2012 12:15am More4
Monday 24th December 2012 9:00pm More4
Monday 24th December 2012 11:35pm 4seven
Tuesday 25th December 2012 10:00pm More4
Thursday 27th December 2012 1:10am 4seven
Friday 28th December 2012 12:05am 4seven
Tuesday 17th December 2013 9:00pm More4
Saturday 21st December 2013 9:00pm More4
Wednesday 25th December 2013 11:05pm C4
Friday 27th December 2013 2:05am 4seven
Monday 30th December 2013 1:05am 4seven
Thursday 18th December 2014 9:00pm More4
Sunday 21st December 2014 9:00pm More4
Thursday 25th December 2014 8:45pm More4
Friday 26th December 2014 12:00am C4
Saturday 27th December 2014 2:30am 4seven
Friday 18th December 2015 9:00pm More4
Monday 21st December 2015 10:00pm More4
Wednesday 23rd December 2015 10:30pm C4
Thursday 24th December 2015 9:00pm More4
Friday 25th December 2015 6:45pm More4
Friday 25th December 2015 11:50pm More4
Sunday 27th December 2015 9:00pm 4seven
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00pm More4
Friday 23rd December 2016 12:10am C4
Sunday 25th December 2016 9:05pm More4
Wednesday 28th December 2016 10:00pm More4
Thursday 29th December 2016 11:05pm 4seven
Saturday 16th December 2017 9:00pm More4
Sunday 17th December 2017 1:20am More4
Thursday 21st December 2017 11:05pm C4
Sunday 24th December 2017 9:00pm More4
Monday 25th December 2017 11:05pm More4
Monday 17th December 2018 9:00pm More4
Sunday 23rd December 2018 10:00pm C4
Monday 24th December 2018 9:00pm More4
Tuesday 25th December 2018 2:30am More4
Tuesday 17th December 2019 9:00pm More4
Wednesday 18th December 2019 1:30am More4
Wednesday 18th December 2019 10:00pm C4
Saturday 21st December 2019 1:15am 4seven
Saturday 21st December 2019 11:05pm More4
Sunday 22nd December 2019 11:00pm 4seven
Tuesday 24th December 2019 9:00pm More4
Wednesday 25th December 2019 2:30am More4
Thursday 26th December 2019 10:00pm More4
Friday 27th December 2019 2:30am More4
Sunday 29th December 2019 3:20am More4
Wednesday 16th December 2020 9:00pm More4
Thursday 24th December 2020 9:00pm More4
Friday 25th December 2020 2:35am More4
Friday 24th December 2021 9:00pm More4
Saturday 25th December 2021 2:35am More4
Thursday 15th December 2022 10:00pm More4
Friday 16th December 2022 2:20am More4
Friday 23rd December 2022 11:05pm C4
Saturday 24th December 2022 9:00pm More4
Monday 26th December 2022 10:00pm More4
Wednesday 20th December 2023 9:00pm More4
Thursday 21st December 2023 12:20am More4
Tuesday 26th December 2023 9:00pm 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
Tony Guilfoyle Father Larry Duff
Gerard McSorley Father Todd Unctious
Dervla Kirwan Assumpta
Stephen Tompkinson Father Clifford
Anne Gildea Woman With Baby
Caoilinn McCormack Baby
Barry Murphy Salesman
Sean Barrett Father Fitzgerald
Donncha Crowley Father Billy
Colum Gallivan Father Reilly
Neil McCaul Father Terry
Kevin McKidd Father Deegan
Joe Taylor Father Cleary
Andrew McCulloch Bishop Tom McCaskell
Billy Boyle Chatback Priest
John O'Mahony Chatback Priest
Ed Byrne Teenager
Tom Farrelly Teenager
Tony Rohr Drunk Priest In Bar
John Delaney Sat On Priest
Brendan Dempsey (as Brendan F. Dempsey) Father Dick Mayo
Aine O'Connor Sister Helen Locklear
Clive Geraghty Fisherman
Brendan Burke Award Ceremony Priest
Miche Doherty Award Ceremony Priest
Stephen Kennedy Award Ceremony Priest
Conor Mullen Award Ceremony Priest
Pat O'Mahony Award Ceremony Priest
Paul Tylak Award Ceremony Priest
John Quinn Police Sergeant
Writing team
Graham Linehan Writer
Arthur Mathews Writer
Production team
Declan Lowney Director
Lissa Evans Producer
Mary Bell Executive Producer
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Tim Waddell Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer


12 Days of Xmas Specials - A Christmassy Ted

A Yuletide classic that it just wouldn't be Christmas without! But, how did a special about Priests hanging around a lingerie section become such an important part of Christmas?

Jazzy Janey, The Comedy Blog, 25th December 2019

10 reasons why A Christmassy Ted is best Xmas special

21 years after it first aired on Channel 4, here's a look at why A Christmassy Ted remains the greatest yuletide TV special of all time.

Jon O'Brien, Metro, 23rd December 2017

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