"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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"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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24 September 1978 (UK)  »

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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 The Unforgettable Arthur Lowe (2000) See more »

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Solid Comedy Starring Arthur Lowe!
17 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought the DVD series because I was desired to see it. None of the local PBS stations in the New York City area bothered to show it in recent years, I found Arthur Lowe to be the heart and soul of this show as Father Duddleswell. The young actor, Daniel A., plays a young priest named Father Neil Boyd. I have to say the comic humor is dryer than Father Ted. The show explores the elder father's flaws such as his gambling habit and the younger priest's naivety. Also, I love Gabrielle Daye as Mrs. Pring who may not always be approving of Father Duddleswell but she's great as their opinionated housekeeper. I have only seen a few episodes but the writing and acting are solid. Guest stars like Peter Bowles and Sheila Keith make it worth watching. I don't know why people don't think priests or sisters are interesting worthy to be treated as a subject. If I was born a male, I would probably have been a priest myself.


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