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 7 - Night Of The Nearly Dead

Mrs Doyle wins a competition to meet a singer, the obsession of middle-aged women across Ireland. When she inadvertently reveals the date of his visit, the house is beseiged by dozens upon dozens of menopausal women.

Further details

Despite Ted's best literary efforts, Mrs Doyle wins a poem writing contest. Her reward is the chance to meet her singing idol, the legendary Mr Eoin McLove.

News spreads like wildfire that the one and only Eoin McLove will be gracing the island with his magnificent self. This sends the Craggy Island tea-making, cake-loving womenfolk of a certain age into a wild frenzy.

A giant zombie-like horde of old ladies trap their idol and the priests in the parochial house. They cut the phone lines and lay in wait for their hero to appear.

Can Father Ted save the day? It seems unlikely...

Broadcast details

Friday 24th April 1998
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 5th September 2010 11:05pm More4
Sunday 24th April 2011 11:05pm More4
Sunday 10th June 2012 10:00pm More4
Monday 11th June 2012 2:50am More4
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Saturday 27th March 2021 11:05pm More4
Monday 29th March 2021 3:20am More4
Saturday 12th June 2021 11:40pm More4
Monday 14th June 2021 3:20am More4
Thursday 2nd September 2021 2:20am More4
Thursday 2nd September 2021 11:05pm More4
Sunday 17th October 2021 12:40am More4
Sunday 17th October 2021 3:20am More4
Friday 10th December 2021 3:30am More4
Saturday 11th December 2021 12:10am More4
Sunday 9th January 2022 12:10am More4
Tuesday 11th January 2022 3:20am More4
Saturday 5th March 2022 11:35pm More4
Tuesday 8th March 2022 2:30am More4
Saturday 7th May 2022 3:25am More4
Sunday 8th May 2022 1:20am More4
Saturday 25th March 2023 2:55am C4
Wednesday 27th December 2023 12:55am 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 McDonnell Eoin McLove
Maria Doyle Kennedy Patsy
Elva Crowley Mrs. Boyle
Vincent Marzello Television Psychiatrist
Maggie Shevlin Mrs. Collins
Rosemary Kennedy Mrs. Dunne
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


Patrick McDonnell on his role in Father Ted

Landing a part on Father Ted 20 years ago kickstarted Patrick McDonnell's career - but it also led to a lifetime of awkward encounters. The comic starred as Eoin McLove, the genitally-challenged crooner modelled on Daniel O'Donnell in a classic episode of the beloved sitcom.

James Ward, The Irish Mirror, 7th February 2016

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