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

Father Ted: Unintelligent Design

Channel 4 documentary. 1 episode in 2011. Features Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews.

Father Ted: Unintelligent Design

An interview with Father Ted writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews

Channel 4
Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews
Sean Doherty
Sean Doherty

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.

Production Details

Production company
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 1st January 2011 on Channel 4 at 9:05pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 26th December 2011 at 10:50pm