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A Middle-Aged, Pleasant, Well-Meaning Priest (The Complete Scripts)

One year after Father Ted aired its final episode, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews published a book. As its title suggests, The Complete Scripts collects in a single volume the screenplays for all 25 produced episodes. However, the book’s most … Continue reading

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A Cheap, Greedy Little Man (The Craggy Island Parish Magazines)

The sitcom format, powered as it is by the very particular way a cast perform and interact both with one other and with their live studio audience, doesn’t translate terribly well to book form. It’s to its credit, then, that The … Continue reading

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Hello, I’m Professor Ted Crilly (The Sketches and Advertisements)

You’ve seen the twenty-five episodes, of course. A series of six, another of ten, a Christmas special, and the final batch of eight. Perhaps you’ve even watched the Comic Relief sketch, with its precious twelve minutes of additional Father Ted. … Continue reading

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The Parting of the West

When the storm came, it was all storms; the ur-storm. Every tempest the Atlantic had ever unleashed before that night was just a premonition, each squall that would escape its abyssal depths from that day forth merely an echo. It would not … Continue reading

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The Dark Night of the Soul (Going to America)

The Father Ted opening sequence was filmed primary above Inisheer by director Declan Lowney and producer Geoffrey Perkins, fading to a shot of the Glanquin House in County Clare to represent the Parochial House itself. (Craggy Island can be imagined as … Continue reading

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Better Prepare the Ground (Night of the Nearly Dead)

Zombie comedy is one of the staple genre mashups of the 2000s, almost to the point of saturation, but Father Ted got there first. And it did so in typically off-kilter Ted fashion, interweaving its zombie storyline with an on-point … Continue reading

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What Other Gods Are There? (Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse)

Following the shock cliffhanger ending of “Escape From Victory”, Father Ted reasserts itself with “Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse”, a highlight of the third series and one of the strongest episodes overall. On a formal level, it’s the show’s … Continue reading

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