Father Ted (1995–1998)
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Flight into Terror 

While flying home from a trip with a group of priests, Father Ted's plane encounters trouble.

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Pauline McLynn ...
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Father O'Shea
Patrick Duggan ...
Father Joe Briefly
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Jimmy Keogh ...
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Pilot
Liam O'Carroll ...
Priest with Sunglasses
Nick Wymer ...
Toilet Attendant
Jonathan White ...
Father Flynn
Graham Linehan ...
Kevin Gildea ...
Father Cave
Tony Guilfoyle ...
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The priests are in a group flying home from a pilgrimage when it is discovered that the plane is about to crash - possibly connected to a visit Dougal made to the cockpit - and there are only two parachutes on board. Whilst everybody else is arguing as to why they should have a parachute Jack leaps out of the plane with one chute for himself and the other for the drinks trolley. There is however one way to avert the crash and it is down to Ted, using one of the cheap souvenirs he bought at the pilgrimage, to put it into action and save the plane. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 May 1996 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Pauline McLynn (Mrs. Doyle) is dressed as one of the nuns on the plane. See more »

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The Blind Priest says he's laughing because he's listening to Mr. Bean on the Airline Radio headset and not because he's throwing newspaper at the back of Father Ted's head. "Mr. Bean" is visual comedy, the character rarely says anything. See more »

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Father Fintan Fay: [Father Ted is reading Michael Barrymore's autobiography] Ooh ooh! Aah aah! Ooh?
Father Ted Crilly: No, there's no mention of it so far.
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References Fearless (1993) See more »

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Season 2: Continues to be fresh, funny and very well delivered; without a hint of being dated
27 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season 2 opens with an episode that contains one of my favorite sequences – as Ted tries to explain to Dougal that the plastic toy cows in his hands are small, whereas the one of equal size that he sees in the fields, are merely far away; I had forgotten this scene was so short and so fleeting as the camera doesn't linger or milk this great laugh at all. This may be a personal high point for the season, but it is all of a high standard because the humor is based around the same sort of nonsense. This is important because all of the episodes are based around an exaggerated and silly situation, so if it is not funny then there is a real risk that it is stupid rather than just silly.

This is not the case here and, as with the first season, the laughs are consistent and mostly inspired. It also helps that they range from the silly through to observational, with good dialogue and physical humor used throughout. The structure also improved with several running or reoccurring jokes – my favorite being ringing the mobile phone at inopportune moments. The performances remain one of the best selling points because the delivery makes the most of the material. Morgan is excellent because, on the face of it, he has the "straight" role – providing a base for the plot and allowing the more excessive characters to get the laughs, but he is great himself. O'Hanlon is, as we know, better here than probably he will ever be again, and his Dougal is very funny. Kelly commits to his delivery, and McLynn has lot of good moments in this season. Supporting cast members are also good – Norton (Tim) and Norton (Graham) standing out the most, but all are funny.

It remains remarkable that it is not only very funny, but is still funny even though it is almost 20 years old – the picture quality may date it, but otherwise the material feels fresh, funny, and very well delivered by all.


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