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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 Glenquin 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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So There’s No Way He’ll Be Able to Play (Escape From Victory)

There’s something missing here. It’s easy to overlook, given that it relates to a character who hardly ever spoke, but once it’s been pointed out, it’s difficult to forget: there’s no Father Jim Johnson. In an episode centring on an … Continue reading

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And Then They Have to Eat All Their Friends (The Mainland)

A trait of the show’s later episodes is that Linehan and Mathews, ouroborus-like, began incorporating storylines that could never even have occurred to them had the programme not been an ongoing success. Showbiz and glamour began to seep into Craggy … Continue reading

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Jealous of Mister Milky Man (Speed 3)

This is the big one. The hit single. The consensus best episode. The one we point towards as explanation when our non-Irish friends are confused by our oddly specific pool of references. The one whose cast and crew TheJournal.ie contacted … Continue reading

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