Father Ted: Season 2, Episode 11

A Christmassy Ted (24 Dec. 1996)

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Father Ted wins the "Golden Cleric", for saving a fellow group of priests from an embarrassing situation.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Morgan ...
Frank Kelly ...
Tony Guilfoyle ...
Anne Gildea ...
Woman with Baby
Caoilinn McCormack ...
Barry Murphy ...
Sean Barrett ...
Father Fitzgerald
Donncha Crowley ...
Father Billy
Colum Gallivan ...
Father Reilly
Neil McCaul ...
Father Terry


In this Christmas special from 1996, Ted manages to avert a major catastrophe when he, Dougal and a group of other priests become lost in the lingerie section of a clothes store. Managing to get them out of the store and averting another scandal in the catholic church. Ted is awarded a Golden Cleric. Ted is undoubtedly pleased but things take an unexpected turn when a priest called Father Todd Unctious turns up who claims to be an old friend of Teds. Although Ted can't for the life of him remember who he is. Written by Robert McElwaine

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24 December 1996 (UK)  »

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Before the Golden Cleric Award ceremony a man comes up to Ted and Dougal and asks who's who. Dougal says "I'm Dougal and that's Ted" then Ted replies "No I'm Dougal and HE'S Ted" while making hand gestures. Both the dialogue and hand gestures are just like a scene from a Laurel and Hardy short with Oliver Hardy doing the hand gestures and mixing up the names. See more »


There is a visit to a department store which boasts (we're told) the largest lingerie department in Ireland. However, the establishing shot of the store is of Oxford Street in London. It even features a bus stop with the easily recognisable London Transport logo. The interior of the shop however is indeed a lingerie section in Dunnes Stores, an Irish shopping chain. See more »


Mrs. Doyle: Father Hank Tree. Father Hiroshima Twinkie. Father Stig Bubblecard. Father Johnny Helzapoppin. Father Luke Duke. Father Billy Furley. Father Chewy Louie. Father John Hoop. Father Harry Cakelinem. Father Rabulah Conundrum. Father Pee-wee Stairmaster. Father Tri-Peglips. Father Jemimah Ractoole. Father Jerry Twig. Father Spodo Komodo. Father Canabramalamer. Father Todd Unctious.
Father Todd Unctious: Yes!
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »


La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by a Group of Priests
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21 December 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Christmas specials of comedy series, usually being longer, can be a curate's egg - good in parts etc... This episode, however, despite being double the length of a typical Ted, maintains the series' stratospherically high standards throughout! Right from the introductory absurdity of the Ted household's visit to The Mainland for Christmas shopping, to the (un)dynamic duo's incarceration in Ireland's Largest Lingerie Department, through Ted's elevation to Priest of the Year and Mrs Doyle's adventures with the Teamatic, this is a total gem of a show.

The Vietnamesque escape from said Lingerie Department, Father Jack's being parked in a creche (spelling 'Arse, Feck, Girls' with the ABC wooden spelling blocks and corrupting the other infants into crying those very words later), the sleazy flashback of the old priest talking about Ted to Father Unctious, every scene is perfect.

Watch out for a young Kevin McKidd, of 'Rome' fame, as a callow priest losing it in the Lingerie Department, and the lovely Ed Byrne as a scoffing youth on a gay-chatline spoof...

Sheer perfection.

P.S. Dermot Morgan is so painfully missed...

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