Father Ted (1995–1998)
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The Plague 

Bishop Len visits Craggy Island during a rabbit infestation.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Doyle
James Rymer ...
Father Brendan
Arthur Mathews ...
Father Ben
David Heap ...
Mr. Noonan
Joan Sheehy ...
Mrs. Noonan
Tony Guilfoyle ...
Father Larry Duff
Paul Woodfull ...
Paddy Jordan (as Paul Wonderful)
Pat Shortt ...


Hearing that Bishop Brennan is coming to stay Ted's first thought is to make sure that, following an incident on the bishop's last visit, Father Jack will be prevented from sleep-walking in the nude. However worse is to come as the island has suddenly become infested by a plague of rabbits and Brennan has a phobia about the creatures following a traumatic experience in a lift. Ted and Dougal work hard to ensure that the bishop does not see any of the rabbits. Sadly they fail. Written by don @ minifie-1

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rabbit | sleepwalking | See All (2) »




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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The upstairs of Craggy Island Parochial House (when Ted races upstairs to stop Bishop Brennan from entering the spare room) looks suspiciously like the upstairs of Fawlty Towers (a show itself said to have inspired Father Ted's creation). See more »


The security cameras pick up Jack running into the front door of the parochial house, which is locked with three other locks in order to keep Jack in. We don't see those locks in any other episode. See more »


Father Dougal McGuire: C'mon Ted,think. Where's the last place you'd think I'd put them?
Father Ted Crilly: Wwll, I suppose that the last place I'd think you'd put them would be... would actually be... Bishop Brennan's room. Dougal: Bingo! Think about it Ted- I put the bunnies in the last place he'd ever expect to find them! In his own room- he'd never look there!
Father Dougal McGuire: Bingo! Think about it Ted- I put the bunnies in the last place he'd ever expect to find them! In his own room- he'd never look there!
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Crazy Credits

This episode begins with the usual credits, but instead of Father Ted, the title reads: Father Ben. It then cuts to Dougal sitting in front of the TV, watching Father Ben. Ted comes in and makes fun of the character of Father Ben, saying he has no self-awareness at all. It then cuts to the normal credits. See more »


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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water - feck!
7 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

One of the very best of this sublime series.

Father Ted is to my mind the finest comedy produced in the British Isles since probably Fawlty Towers. The stand-out character for me is Father Jack and he gets much to do and say in this. It also has Len Brennan, which is a plus.

The plot revolves around Jack's nocturnal perambulation and the offence caused (eldery priests should not roam naked at night), Dougal's new pet and it's renowned breeding habits and Len's rabbit phobia.

Dougal has fun finding a good name and decides on 'Father Jack Hackett'. Jack's response when offered water to drink is priceless.

Pure laughter.

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