After the broadcast of the first episode, the network received just two complaints: one criticizing it for being too anti-Catholic Church, and the other criticizing it for being too pro-Catholic Church.
Introduced the word "feck" to the English language. It was already common in Irish English. Vernacular usage of feck in the expletive sense is syntactically interchangeable with fuck, though it has no sexual connotations.
In Father Ted: The Mainland (1998), when Ted talks to the police on the phone about Mrs. Doyle. Mrs. Doyle's first name is bleeped out. Mrs. Doyle's first name was never revealed. But in the script, her name was revealed to be Joan.
The band Radiohead are very selective about which movies and TV shows they allow to use their music, but were reportedly very happy to allow one of their songs to be used in the series, to plunge a character, who had just recovered from a bout of severe depression, back into the depths of despair.
In the DVD commentary, Graham Linehan said that he considered Bishop Brennan to be the arch-enemy of Father Jack Hackett, because Jack had the potential to become a bishop, but failed where Brennan had succeeded.
Frank Kelly passed away on February 28th 2016 at the age of 77 when he suffered a heart attack. Dermot Morgan also passed away on February 28th 1998 also died of a heart attack. Kelly died 18 years to the day Morgan died.
It is a common misconception that the show was originally pitched to Radio Telefís Éireann (RTE - the Irish National Broadcaster), and executives passed chiefly because it seemed too similar to an unsuccessful show produced by RTE called Leave It to Mrs. O'Brien (1985) starring Irish stage legend Anna Manahan as an overprotective housekeeper to two Dublin priests. This myth has been used to deride RTE on many occasions, but the show's authors have repeatedly stated that the work was never at any stage offered to Ireland's national broadcaster (despite the show's setting and cast) and was always intended to be pitched to Britain's Channel 4.
The "Ferrero Rocher gag" pokes fun at a commercial that became something of an icon in 1990s Britain: we see a glitzy party in a beautiful reception room, beautiful women in expensive dresses, dashing men in evening dress. Through the throng we see a uniformed butler - he looks to his master (we presume) who nods. The butler then carries a silver salve loaded with a pyramid of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, which the party guests are invited to share. Widespread approval among the guests, one of whom says to the butler's master: "Ambassador, with these Ferrero Rocher you are really spoiling us". Father Ted itself inspired a far less successful advert for the British Government's HM Inland Revenue. In order to promote the Revenue's new self-assessment scheme, Pauline McLynn revisited her role as Mrs. Doyle trying to entice the viewer to go on line to make their tax return - involving her saying "go on, go on, go on, go on....go on line! Go on line, go on line, go on line...." In an opinion poll in the UK it was voted as the most annoying ad of the year.