Moone Boy. Image shows from L to R: Sean Murphy (Chris O'Dowd), Martin (David Rawle)
Moone Boy

Moone Boy

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One
  • 2012 - 2015
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

Semi-autobiographical sitcom written by Chris O'Dowd about a boy growing up in Ireland accompanied by his imaginary friend. Stars David Rawle, Chris O'Dowd, Ian O'Reilly, Deirdre O'Kane, Peter McDonald and more.

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Series 1, Episode 5 - Godfellas

While Fidelma joins the church choir, Martin's confirmation service leads to an epiphany: he wants to become to an altar boy. Has he got what it takes?

Further details

The sacrament of confirmation is something of a landmark moment in the life of a young Christian lad. And what a moment it is for 12-year-old Martin Moone.

As well as accepting the Holy Spirit into his life and gaining an extra name (albeit the same one thanks to Grandad), Martin, or Martin Martin if you will, experiences quite the epiphany during his confirmation service: he wants to become an altar boy. In awe of the cool lads who serve Jesus, Martin's dreams of donning a cassock are realised when choir leader Dessie accepts his application to serve.

Making his debut on the altar at an early-morning mass, Martin's natural ability and quick thinking impress his colleagues and he's eagerly accepted into the altar boy mafia, where he soon learns that these aren't quite the innocent and devout lads they appear to be. Operating a ring of corruption and theft, even Father Linehan appears to be intimidated by them.

Elevated to the privilege of serving on Holy Thursday, Martin embarks on a strict training regime and, with the help of Sean Murphy, sets out to become the best altar boy Boyle has ever seen. But is life in the mob, no matter how holy, the right calling for him?

Meanwhile, Fidelma joins the choir and, as well as singing for the baby Jesus, sets her sights on Dessie. With two of their four children suddenly eager church-goers, Debra and Liam can't help but wonder where they went wrong.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th October 2012
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 5th October 2012 11:30pm Sky1
Thursday 11th October 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 27th March 2013 10:00pm Sky1
Sunday 7th April 2013 11:00pm Sky1
Sunday 22nd September 2013 7:00pm Sky1
Thursday 12th December 2013 9:00pm Sky1
Friday 26th December 2014 7:00am Sky1
Wednesday 10th June 2015 5:30pm Sky1
Thursday 11th June 2015 4:00pm Sky1
Friday 28th August 2015 6:00am Sky1
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 8:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 7th December 2016 1:30am Sky2
Saturday 29th April 2017 1:30am Sky2
Saturday 29th April 2017 10:30pm Sky2

Cast & crew

David Rawle Martin
Chris O'Dowd Sean Murphy
Ian O'Reilly Padraic
Deirdre O'Kane Debra
Peter McDonald Liam
Aoife Duffin Trisha
Clare Monnelly Fidelma
Sarah White Sinead
Ronan Raftery Dessie
Mark Doherty Father Linehan
Norma Sheahan Linda
Guest cast
Tom Hickey Joe (Grandad)
Sean O'Dowd Petey
Michael OG Lane Tommy
Evan O'Hanlon Paulie
Dagmar Doring Nurse
Mark Nicholson Joey
Writing team
Chris O'Dowd Writer
Nick Vincent Murphy Writer
Production team
Declan Lowney Director
Ted Dowd Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Gina Carter Executive Producer
Paul Donovan Executive Producer
Chris O'Dowd Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Joe Randall-Cutler Editor
Ray Ball Production Designer
Ronan Johnston Composer

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