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.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 380

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 17th April 2011 11:10pm More4
Saturday 24th December 2011 11:15pm More4
Tuesday 27th December 2011 12:25am C4
Sunday 3rd June 2012 10:35pm More4
Monday 4th June 2012 2:50am More4
Thursday 7th June 2012 10:30pm More4
Saturday 25th August 2012 11:05pm C4
Sunday 26th August 2012 10:35pm More4
Monday 27th August 2012 1:50am More4
Thursday 30th August 2012 11:35pm More4
Thursday 13th September 2012 11:30pm More4
Sunday 18th November 2012 10:35pm More4
Monday 19th November 2012 1:40am More4
Saturday 24th November 2012 12:05am More4
Saturday 24th November 2012 3:20am More4
Sunday 3rd March 2013 10:35pm More4
Friday 8th March 2013 11:50pm More4
Sunday 26th May 2013 10:35pm More4
Friday 31st May 2013 11:35pm More4
Sunday 18th August 2013 10:35pm More4
Saturday 24th August 2013 12:20am More4
Sunday 3rd November 2013 10:35pm More4
Friday 8th November 2013 11:40pm More4
Thursday 26th December 2013 2:40am C4
Sunday 29th December 2013 12:15am More4
Saturday 4th January 2014 12:20am More4
Sunday 16th March 2014 11:10pm More4
Tuesday 18th March 2014 1:20am More4
Saturday 7th June 2014 11:10pm More4
Monday 9th June 2014 12:35am More4
Tuesday 10th June 2014 12:35am More4
Saturday 26th July 2014 8:30pm More4
Saturday 2nd August 2014 12:35am More4
Saturday 30th August 2014 8:25pm More4
Friday 5th September 2014 11:35pm More4
Saturday 1st November 2014 8:30pm More4
Sunday 2nd November 2014 11:25pm More4
Thursday 1st January 2015 12:50am More4
Saturday 31st January 2015 1:40am More4
Saturday 18th April 2015 10:10pm More4
Saturday 23rd May 2015 8:30pm More4
Saturday 30th May 2015 11:55pm More4
Saturday 7th November 2015 11:05pm More4
Friday 13th November 2015 11:20pm More4
Friday 1st January 2016 11:40pm More4
Sunday 3rd January 2016 12:15am More4
Saturday 28th May 2016 8:30pm More4
Sunday 29th May 2016 12:50am More4
Sunday 30th April 2017 12:40am More4
Sunday 30th April 2017 9:35pm More4
Sunday 6th August 2017 1:15am More4
Sunday 6th August 2017 9:00pm More4
Tuesday 26th December 2017 2:30am More4
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 12:40am More4
Saturday 17th March 2018 11:10pm More4
Sunday 18th March 2018 9:35pm More4
Saturday 8th December 2018 11:10pm More4
Sunday 9th December 2018 2:20am More4
Monday 24th December 2018 2:05am C4
Tuesday 1st January 2019 1:40am More4
Saturday 16th November 2019 11:05pm More4
Thursday 2nd January 2020 1:10am More4
Saturday 21st March 2020 11:40pm More4
Monday 23rd March 2020 3:10am More4
Tuesday 5th May 2020 12:40am More4
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 1:25am More4
Saturday 27th June 2020 11:40pm More4
Thursday 16th July 2020 11:50pm More4
Saturday 18th July 2020 3:20am More4
Friday 28th August 2020 12:40am More4
Saturday 29th August 2020 3:25am More4
Thursday 1st October 2020 11:40pm More4
Saturday 3rd October 2020 3:15am More4
Saturday 28th November 2020 8:30pm More4
Saturday 28th November 2020 11:40pm More4
Saturday 2nd January 2021 11:40pm More4
Monday 4th January 2021 3:20am More4
Saturday 13th February 2021 12:05am More4
Wednesday 17th February 2021 3:10am More4
Saturday 27th March 2021 12:50am More4
Sunday 28th March 2021 3:25am More4
Saturday 12th June 2021 11:05pm More4
Sunday 13th June 2021 3:25am More4
Sunday 22nd August 2021 12:40am More4
Saturday 28th August 2021 2:25am More4
Saturday 16th October 2021 3:20am More4
Sunday 17th October 2021 12:10am More4
Sunday 5th December 2021 1:25am More4
Sunday 5th December 2021 3:30am More4
Saturday 8th January 2022 11:40pm More4
Monday 10th January 2022 3:25am More4
Saturday 5th March 2022 11:00pm More4
Monday 7th March 2022 2:25am More4
Sunday 1st May 2022 12:50am More4
Sunday 1st May 2022 3:25am More4
Saturday 25th March 2023 2:25am C4
Wednesday 27th December 2023 12:25am 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
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
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Tim Waddell Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies Production Designer


Great episodes: Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse

This year marks twenty-five years of Father Ted, so what better way to commemorate this milestone than to take a look back at arguably the most iconic episode of the series? It's time for another 'Undeniably Great Episode of British Comedy' and this time we're looking at the episode - Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse!

Rhianna Evans, The Comedy Blog, 2nd May 2020

Share this page