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 8 is repeated on More4 tomorrow at 3:15am.

Series 3, Episode 6 - Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse

Following his team's disqualification and the losing of the bet by proxy, Father Crilly must accept Byrne's forfeit - and kick Bishop Brennan up the arse.

Further details

A lost bet puts Ted in a delicate position. And means he must put his foot in another one... After being rumbled for cheating in the over-75s football match, Ted has to pay the ultimate forfeit. He must kick Bishop Brennan up the arse.

Despite manufacturing the perfect opportunity, Ted's nerve fails him - and the Bishop's posterior remains unbooted.

Luckily, the roads have been taken in (when the rain is bad they store them in a warehouse on the east side of the island), so the Bishop has to spend the night, giving Ted more time to pluck up courage.

Then, amazingly, Dougal has a moment of perceptive genius: the Bishop would never believe Ted would actually kick him up the arse!

This insight sparks a course of action that works flawlessly. Almost...

Broadcast details

Friday 17th April 1998
Channel 4
30 minutes

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
Jim Norton Bishop Len Brennan
Ian FitzGibbon Father Jessup
Paul Tylak Warrior
Sharon Devlin Air Hostess
Aislinn Sands Check-in Woman
Tim Dry Aide In Vatican
Paul Woodfull (as Paul Woodful) Taxi Driver
Writing team
Graham Linehan Writer
Arthur Mathews Writer
Production team
Andy de Emmony Director
Graham Linehan Director
Lissa Evans Producer
Mary Bell Executive Producer

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