- Channel 4
- Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews
- Sean Doherty
- Sean Doherty and Jimmy Mulville
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.
- 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