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 3, Episode 4 - The Mainland

Ted and Dougal take Father Jack to the mainland to get new glasses. Leaving him at the optician, they visit a nearby cave complex and tourist attraction, where they bump into Richard Wilson...

Further details

Ted and Dougal set off to the mainland to get Father Jack some new glasses, and Mrs Doyle tags along in search of a well-deserved cup of tea with her friend.

After running the errands, they visit the 'very dark' caves at Dougal's request. By chance, Richard Wilson from One Foot In The Grave is also there.

This seems a great chance for Ted to remind him of his catchphrase...

Things take a turn for the worst as Father Jack's new glasses get pilfered by a crow and Mrs Doyle's tea party turns violent over the matter of the bill.

And then, of course, Ted and Dougal get lost in the caves. (They are 'very dark', after all!)

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 3rd April 1998
Time
9:30pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

    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
    Graham Norton Father Noel Furlong
    Tom Farrelly Gerry Fields
    Yvonne Shanley Janine Reilly
    Stephen Gallagher Tony Lynch
    Sharon Carroll Nuala Ryan
    Doreen Keogh Mrs. Dineen (Mrs. Doyle's Friend)
    Mary Ann O'Donoghue Optician
    John Henderson Tour Guide
    Richard Buss AA Chairman
    Conor Lovett Ronald
    Owen Kavanagh First Policeman
    John Maguire Second Policeman
    Anna Livia Ryan Check-in Woman
    Frank Murray Waiter
    Richard Wilson Self
    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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