"Bless Me Father" is a 21-episode British sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1981. A gentle and impish look at Catholic life in post-war suburban Britain, the series follows the adventures and ...
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"Bless Me Father" is a 21-episode British sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1981. A gentle and impish look at Catholic life in post-war suburban Britain, the series follows the adventures and misadventures of the practical-minded veteran Irish priest Fr. Father Duddleswell (Arthur Lowe) as he tries to break in his inexperienced and idealistic young curate Father Boyd (Daniel Abineri). The priests' lives at St. Jude's Parish in London are hilariously complicated by an unflappable and tart housekeeper (Gabrielle Daye), a stern and imperious Mother Superior (Sheila Keith), and a flippant worldling neighbor, Billy Buzzle (David Ryall). Plots revolve around crises that make Catholic parish life both charming and frustrating, e.g., fund-raising and parish bazaars, the seal of confession, complications over funerals, etc. Written by
Why on Earth has this series,(never to my knowledge), been repeated. It would be timeless. I enjoyed every episode when first shown. The rapport between Arthur Lowe and Daniel Abineri was so very believable of that between a Priest and his Curate. The characters are just so believable, and I am sure that the story lines are as appropriate today as they would have been in the 50's when the series was set. Arthur Lowe as Fr Duddleswell shows just what a superb character actor he was, and for all his bluff Fr. Duddleswell comes across as a very compassionate man. (Exactly as Lowe portrayed Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army). Come on someone please take this up.!!!! (Perhaps UKTV Gold).
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