Father Ted: Unintelligent Design. Image shows from L to R: Arthur Mathews, Graham Linehan. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Father Ted: Unintelligent Design

Father Ted: Unintelligent Design

  • TV documentary
  • Channel 4
  • 2011
  • 1 episode

An interview with Father Ted writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews. Features Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews.

Key details

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2011
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
1
Features
Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews
Director
Sean Doherty
Producers
Sean Doherty and Jimmy Mulville
Companies

A rare opportunity to poke around inside the heads of Father Ted creators Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews and find out who they admire and where they draw their inspiration from.

Every comedy writer has been influenced in some way by what came before, and they are certainly no different. By revealing what makes up their own comedy DNA, they show what inspired them to create Father Ted and the rest of the Craggy Islanders.

There are clips from some comedy classics that you would expect - such as Fawlty Towers, Only Fools And Horses, Seinfeld and The Simpsons - as well as weird stuff from the real world which inspired some of their favourite characters.

They discuss the comedians and stand-ups, the priests, politicians and Irish beauty pageants which have directly influenced their comedy world, as well as their obsession with the feature film The Heartbreak Kid.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 1st January 2011 at 9:05pm on Channel 4
Episode length
30 minutes
All previous repeats
  • Monday 26th December 2011 at 10:50pm on C4
  • Saturday 24th December 2011 at 9:00pm on More4

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