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 3, Episode 2 - Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep

Ted becomes involved with the King of the Sheep competition after betting the entire winter's heating budget on the local champion.

Further details

The prestigious King of the Sheep competition is looming, and local champion Chris the Sheep looks like a surefire favourite to pick up the main prize. Ted certainly thinks so, and sensibly decides to bet the entire year's heating budget on him winning.

Disaster threatens when Ted and Dougal's attempt to bolster Chris' confidence with some soothing mood music leads to their woolly friend going walkabout.

And when Ted learns of a creature that has been terrorising the island's sheep, he is forced to take drastic action...

Broadcast details

Friday 20th March 1998
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 20th March 2011 11:05pm More4
Friday 23rd September 2011 7:35pm C4
Sunday 20th May 2012 10:35pm More4
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Tuesday 26th December 2017 12:15am More4
Monday 1st January 2018 12:45am More4
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Saturday 24th November 2018 10:35pm More4
Sunday 25th November 2018 2:45am More4
Monday 24th December 2018 1:10am C4
Friday 28th December 2018 8:35pm More4
Monday 31st December 2018 3:25am More4
Tuesday 1st January 2019 12:05am More4
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Thursday 30th April 2020 11:40pm More4
Friday 1st May 2020 2:50am More4
Thursday 28th May 2020 11:50pm More4
Friday 29th May 2020 2:55am More4
Wednesday 24th June 2020 12:45am More4
Thursday 9th July 2020 11:45pm More4
Friday 21st August 2020 12:40am More4
Saturday 22nd August 2020 3:25am More4
Friday 25th September 2020 12:40am More4
Saturday 26th September 2020 3:10am More4
Saturday 14th November 2020 11:40pm More4
Monday 16th November 2020 3:15am More4
Saturday 26th December 2020 11:25pm More4
Tuesday 9th February 2021 12:05am More4
Friday 12th February 2021 3:15am More4
Tuesday 16th March 2021 3:25am More4
Saturday 20th March 2021 12:50am More4
Sunday 30th May 2021 12:15am More4
Sunday 30th May 2021 3:25am More4
Sunday 15th August 2021 12:40am More4
Monday 16th August 2021 3:20am More4
Sunday 3rd October 2021 12:05am More4
Sunday 3rd October 2021 3:20am More4
Sunday 28th November 2021 3:25am More4
Saturday 1st January 2022 11:45pm More4
Monday 3rd January 2022 3:20am More4
Sunday 27th February 2022 12:15am More4
Sunday 27th February 2022 3:25am More4
Saturday 25th March 2023 12:35am C4
Tuesday 26th December 2023 10:15pm 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
Peadar Lamb Fargo Boyle
Peter Dineen Giant Reid
Pat McGrath Hud Hastings
Eamon Rohan Judge
Writing team
Graham Linehan Writer
Arthur Mathews Writer
Production team
Andy de Emmony Director
Graham Linehan Director
Lissa Evans Producer
Mary Bell Executive Producer
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Tim Waddell Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer

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