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Pauline McLynn: 'There's a Mrs Doyle everywhere'

6 December 2015 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

EastEnders, Shameless, Shakespeare: she’s done the lot. But it’s her tea-foisting role in Father Ted she’ll always be remembered for – and it almost didn’t happen

All is calm and quiet on a weekday morning inside the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London. The stage is bare, the ornate chandeliers hang low. Then Pauline McLynn bursts in, having abandoned her taxi in traffic and hurried the rest of the way on foot. Her brown hair is pinned up, save for a few stray tendrils. Accepting a drink from a nearby publicist, she launches immediately into a monologue about the importance of wax exports to the Ethiopian economy. It is entirely possible that she takes a breath over the course of the next hour, though I couldn’t swear to it.

The effect is to draw the listener instantly into her confidences. Within minutes of settling down in the pews of the London theatre, »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Tallinn: Animation in focus

20 November 2015 6:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Estonia is marching on as one of Europe’s leading creative forces within the industry, Tiffany Pritchard reports.

Estonia’s long history of animation dates back to the early 1930s with a more experimental approach that is still practiced today. 

With current studios including A Film Estonia, Joonisfilm, and Nukufilm as well as the Black Nights Film Festival’s sub strand Animation Dreams - Estonia is marching on as one of Europe’s leading creative forces within the industry.  

Animation Dreams 

The independently run festival operates as a sub-strand under the Black Nights Film Festival from Nov 18-22.

International works are presented in the Main competition, Student competition and the Panorama section which will feature the World Premiere of Jurgis Krason’s The Face (Latvia). 

Estonian artists are highlighted in the New Estonian section that features nine shorts including Chintis Lundgren’s award-winning Life with Herman H Rott and Ulo Pikkov’s Zebra and All The Curtains »

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The Queen of Ireland Interview

20 October 2015 11:16 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It's not every day one is granted an audience with The Queen of Ireland and so we were delighted to sit down and talk all things Panti with the film's director Conor Horgan and the man behind the woman, Rory O'Neill. Check it out below. The Queen of Ireland opens tonight October 21st with a special Premiere screening at 7.30pm at the Light House Cinema in Dublin, followed by a Q&A via satellite hosted by Brendan Courtney with special guests Antony Cotton, Pauline McLynn and Katherine Lynch which will be beamed into cinemas around Ireland. Tickets for this exclusive live event are available to purchase on  The film then goes on general release on October 23rd. Read our five star review, here. Synopsis: Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she's a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is »

- (Clare Daly)

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20 Years On: The Legacy of Father Ted

21 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on the legacy of Father Ted

So 20 years ago this week a sitcom debuted on Channel 4. Set in the fictional Craggy Island this focused on a parochial house of three priests and their house keeper. Father Ted ran for three seasons before the untimely death of Dermot Morgan who played the titular Ted. Though Morgan had apparently decided that three seasons was enough.

When the show first aired it caused a little controversy due to the nature of the show. The depiction of the Catholic church, whilst clearly absurd, was also largely a negative one. Ted is lazy and morally questionable (“that money was just resting in my account.”), then there is Dougal (Ardal O’Hanlon) who is a blithering idiot. You have Father Jack, a drunkard priest having completely lost his faculties whilst only retaining a disturbing penchant for nudity and unhealthy obsession with young girls (“More water! »

- Gary Collinson

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Father Ted at 20: Why its legacy will go on, go on, go on

20 April 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

April 21, 1995 – would that be the day the ice age ended?

Well, no, you can't be that precise about the ice age. But it would be the day that Father Ted debuted on Channel 4.

It's hard to believe, but it's been 20 years since we first met Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett and Mrs Doyle. We came to the Parochial House looking for a cup of tea and a Jaffa cake, and decided to stay longer than Father Stone.

Two decades on, and Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews' sitcom is still as clever, fresh and fecking hilarious as it was back then. And it's not difficult to see why the show about three priests and their housekeeper trapped on Craggy Island has enjoyed such longevity, or to argue why it is the greatest TV comedy ever made.

It has topped countless 'all-time TV comedy' polls in the past, »

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