"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 ... See full summary »
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 Father Charles Clement Duddleswell (21 episodes, 1978-1981)
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 Father Neil Boyd (21 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gabrielle Daye ...
 Mrs. Pring (21 episodes, 1978-1981)
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 Dr. Daley (12 episodes, 1978-1981)
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 Billy Buzzle (9 episodes, 1978-1981)
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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 michaelfoley2001

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All 21 episodes were written by Peter de Rosa, based upon his own experiences as a novice curate, which he had previously published in book form under the pseudonym 'Neil Boyd.' See more »

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Featured in Arthur Lowe: A Life on the Box (1999) See more »

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A TOTAL AND UTTER COMEDY BLAST!, This is what got me hooked on PBS Brit Com
11 August 2001 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This show was about Catholic Saint Jude < Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases > Parish life in a small suburban London town set in the early 1950's.

People wrongly label this show as one of true interest to those who hold dear the Catholic faith. I am a born cradle to grave Baptist never been anything but what Father Duddellswell would call a Protestant. I a born if not practicing Baptist love this show about Catholic life its funny filled with insights of a kinder gentler time. Father Boyd is a heart warming earnest man wanting so much to please God in the doing of his tasks as a Curate as his dry humor remains a perfect comedic foil to the wild Godly humane but irascible Father Charles Duddellswell. The good Doctor Day who one never sees sober in the whole series always brings his good cheer. The show is filled with tons of old Irish sayings; such as you were walking on both sides of the road when you came here. Ladies wearing blouses with necklines cut wider than a ducks wake. There's no future in the Past, Vexed as an Irish stew or a Woman's Motives and, lots more. Your eyes are already glassy, as teddy bears, May God Be In your Road, Always keep more up your sleeve than your elbow and more. Then there's Mother Stephen a saintly woman myopically set on the taking point position in her orders single minded mission of making the Mother Foundress of the order a saint. Mother Stephan has a face that looks as if its set in cast iron but she too is a kind caring if stern soul. Mother Foundress had some stern rules witch still govern their order. Mother Foundress who one sees really only in one episode in a painting seems a very severe and stern woman holding a human SKULL yikes!

This show is just good clean fun. I do not think it's awesome... I do not think it's dated at all the sets look real. The people seem real and genuine. This show has heart real heart. I guess the show will never feel dated to me because Father Charles Duddellswell proves you can be a bit of a rascal and, have fun at being a very good and, upstanding spiritual man. If only more spiritual types were like Father Duddellswell and, Father Boyd our world would be an awesome place.


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