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I’m in Tremendous Pain, Ted (Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest)

As the first series reaches its conclusion, Father Ted opts to raise the stakes, making its first real engagement with the threat of total narrative collapse. In this instalment, the danger is not just to the characters, but to the very … Continue reading

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Hot Under the Collar (And God Created Woman)

If “Entertaining Father Stone” is the Father Ted episode which most fully reflects Arthur Mathews’s tendencies, “And God Created Woman” is the inverse: an episode entirely in Graham Linehan’s wheelhouse. They even mirror each other in the first series’s broadcast … Continue reading

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The Solitude Can Get to Them (Competition Time)

It’s fair to say that this is not the pinnacle of the first series. As Graham Linehan notes in the commentary, an episode centring on any kind of competition is terribly easy to write. The characters spend a few scenes … Continue reading

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He Gave Us a Video (The Passion of Saint Tibulus)

Since this is a sitcom dealing with Irish Catholicism, it was inevitable that the Church’s attitudes towards sexuality would become both a source of humour and an opportunity for social commentary sooner rather than later. What’s surprising about this episode … Continue reading

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If You Had Three Wishes, What Would They Be? (Entertaining Father Stone)

At the risk of generalising both Father Ted writers massively, Graham Linehan tends to be influenced by the broad universe of popular fiction, while Arthur Mathews tends to draw on his own idiosyncratic experiences of Irish life. Linehan’s subsequent work … Continue reading

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The Old Telly Bug (“Good Luck, Father Ted”)

“What was the first episode of Father Ted?” This may seem like a simple question, but, fittingly for Father Ted, it’s not that straightforward. The first thing to understand is that no pilot episode was ordered to test the waters, … Continue reading

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This Is Really Top-Notch Stuff (Father Ted)

How can a TV show end shortly after its third anniversary, but persist at the heart of a national zeitgeist for decades? It’s an interesting question, and I don’t know the answer. In Ireland, at least, even the best shows have generally been consigned to … Continue reading

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