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 6 is repeated on More4 today at 11:10pm.

Series 3, Episode 8 - Going To America

A successful American priest sees Ted talking down a fellow priest from a window ledge, and invites him to move over to LA and become a television celebrity cleric.

Further details

It's a busy time for Ted, as he struggles to keep in check the suicidal tendencies of Father Kevin.

The important thing, Ted realises, is to avoid subjects like war and death and instead chat about such things as cushions and puppies and snakes and ladders.

Then Father Buzz Cagney comes to pay Father Ted a visit - and make him an offer he can't possibly refuse. The hard part of the deal will be telling the others that he's off to America. Without them.

At least, that's what Father Ted imagines will be the hard part...


This episode was broadcast with no closing credits, but an emotive montage of scenes from all three series.

Broadcast details

Friday 1st May 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
Tommy Tiernan Father Kevin
Jeff Harding Father Buzz Cagney
Hugh B O'Brien (as Hugh B. O'Brien) Eugene
Mark Doherty Father Alan
Brian Eno Father Brian Eno
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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