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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I'll never throw out my DVD player - the woke police can't delete my box sets

These days there seem to be vanishingly few comedies that can be enjoyed by all the family. So recently, in desperation, I tried showing my son some of my favourite comedies from when I was young, instead.

Michael Deacon, The Telegraph, 8th June 2023

Pauline McLynn 'wouldn't see the point' of remaking Father Ted

The actress is still fondly remembered for playing tea-obsessed Mrs Doyle in the hit comedy 25 years ago, but doesn't think it will ever be rebooted for modern TV.

Michelle Townsend, RSVP Live, 28th March 2023

Graham Linehan turned down £200k to take his name off the Father Ted musical

Graham Linehan was offered £200,000 to walk away from the Father Ted musical so it could be staged without toxic links to his gender-wars fights - but turned it down.

Chortle, 17th March 2023

The 25 funniest Christmas comedy TV specials of all time

The comedy special is as much a part of British Christmas as a family row and mountains of sprouts. This year, comedy shows from Motherland and The Detectorists to Mrs Brown's Boys and Ghosts are returning with festive specials to round off 2022. To celebrate, we countdown the greatest 25 Christmas comedy specials of all time.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 23rd December 2022

Ardal O'Hanlon and Pauline McLynn look back at Father Ted

The actors revisit a surreal scene from the beloved sitcom.

Harriet Gibsone, The Guardian, 10th December 2022

The greatest Christmas TV moments of all time ranked

The greatest Christmas TV moment of all-time is the Only Fools And Horses 'Batman and Robin' episode.

A poll of 2,000 adults who celebrate Christmas found the hilarious moment from 1996 where Del Boy and Rodney unknowingly prevent a crime - while dressed as the dynamic duo - is top of the tree.

Jake Penkethman, The Sun, 30th November 2022

Del Boy falling through bar voted funniest sitcom scene

A poll run by TV channel Gold has named moments from Only Fools And Horses, The Vicar Of Dibley, Dad's Army and Fawlty Towers as the funniest British sitcom scenes.

British Comedy Guide, 1st November 2022

Derry Girls isn't the new Father Ted, it's better

Perhaps inevitably, the last season of Derry Girls drew comparisons to '90s show Father Ted. After all, they're both Irish comedies, commissioned by Channel 4, that use a small community of broad stereotypes for social commentary and well-meaning jokes about pre-internet life. But after that, the similarities grow thin, and when taken on their own merit each represents something quite different.

Anthony McGlynn, The Digital Fix, 1st June 2022

Pauline McLynn on why her love for Father Ted will go on, go on, go on

It may be almost 24 years since Father Ted aired its final show in 1998 but actress Pauline McLynn believes that it's still as relevant today as it ever was.

Melanie Finn, The Independent (Ireland), 30th March 2022

Father Ted musical axed over Graham Linehan's views

Writer complains trans rights campaigners have cost him everything.

Chortle, 25th March 2022

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