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2 March 1998: years of grind and stress verging on mania caught up with the Irish actor who collapsed during a dinner party

Dermot Morgan, alias Father Ted, was killed by a suspected heart attack just when the financial security he always craved was within his grasp, an irony possibly too savage even for Craggy Island.

Years of grind and stress verging on mania caught up with the Irish actor on Saturday night when he collapsed during a dinner party at his home in Richmond, south-west London. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at West Middlesex hospital. Tomorrow would have been his 46th birthday.

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'Humour is ingrained into our DNA': meet the Irish women making TV's best comedies

From Channel 4’s Derry Girls to Rte’s Nowhere Fast, female-led Irish comedies are coming thick and fast. We talk to the people behind them, and ask if they can help drive societal change

Watching Irish comedy on television usually means watching something written and directed by a man. For all the deserved admiration bestowed on talent like Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Graham Norton, Tommy Tiernan, Graham Linehan, Dermot Morgan and Brendan O’Carroll, they have one thing in common, and it’s not their accents.

So, it’s refreshing to see Lisa McGee fly the flag with her well-received Channel 4 series Derry Girls. The better news is that after years of being sidelined or mostly represented by Sharon Horgan (co-writer of and the mind behind Pulling, Divorce, Catastrophe and Motherland) or on panel shows (hello Aisling Bea) it leads a new wave of Irish women playing a central role in TV comedy.
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Frank Kelly obituary

Veteran stage and screen actor best known for playing the ranting, drunken Father Jack in the Channel 4 television comedy Father Ted

The actor Frank Kelly was best known as Father Jack Hackett, the demented, drunken old cleric bellowing “Drink! Girls! Arse! Feck!” from his armchair in the priests’ house on Craggy Island. But there was far more to Kelly, who has died aged 77. He had been a versatile television and radio star, stage actor, writer, satirist and singer in Ireland for more than 20 years before his breakthrough role in the classic Channel 4 series Father Ted (1995-98), written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

A gentle, urbane and analytical person, Kelly once told me: “Father Ted is not a lampoon of the church at all. It’s a dysfunctional little family, and it’s a very convenient umbrella to bring these people together under. Ted is a guy who
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20 Years On: The Legacy of Father Ted

Tom Jolliffe on the legacy of Father Ted

So 20 years ago this week a sitcom debuted on Channel 4. Set in the fictional Craggy Island this focused on a parochial house of three priests and their house keeper. Father Ted ran for three seasons before the untimely death of Dermot Morgan who played the titular Ted. Though Morgan had apparently decided that three seasons was enough.

When the show first aired it caused a little controversy due to the nature of the show. The depiction of the Catholic church, whilst clearly absurd, was also largely a negative one. Ted is lazy and morally questionable (“that money was just resting in my account.”), then there is Dougal (Ardal O’Hanlon) who is a blithering idiot. You have Father Jack, a drunkard priest having completely lost his faculties whilst only retaining a disturbing penchant for nudity and unhealthy obsession with young girls (“More water!
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Father Ted at 20: Why its legacy will go on, go on, go on

April 21, 1995 – would that be the day the ice age ended?

Well, no, you can't be that precise about the ice age. But it would be the day that Father Ted debuted on Channel 4.

It's hard to believe, but it's been 20 years since we first met Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett and Mrs Doyle. We came to the Parochial House looking for a cup of tea and a Jaffa cake, and decided to stay longer than Father Stone.

Two decades on, and Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews' sitcom is still as clever, fresh and fecking hilarious as it was back then. And it's not difficult to see why the show about three priests and their housekeeper trapped on Craggy Island has enjoyed such longevity, or to argue why it is the greatest TV comedy ever made.

It has topped countless 'all-time TV comedy' polls in the past,
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Father Ted’s legacy, 20 years on: up with this sort of thing

Put three priests and their tea lady on a remote Irish island and what do you get? One of TV’s most loved sitcoms. The creators and cast of Father Ted explain how they put Craggy Island on the comedy map

Careful now.” “Down with this sort of thing.” Of all the additions to the lexicon of protest from the past 20 years, none punctures a pompous bubble quite as well as these two deathless slogans paraded (with some reluctance) by Fathers Ted Crilly and Dougal McGuire outside a 1995 screening of the salacious movie The Passion Of St Tibulus on Craggy Island, Ireland’s last bastion of morality.

Ted and Dougal’s noble vigil failed – St Tibulus went on to be bigger than Jurassic Park – but their entreaties have since passed into the language on both sides of the Irish Sea. You could see them on placards outside the Conservative party
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Netflix Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With The Best Of Irish Cinema And T.V.

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St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and for those who just want to celebrate the national holiday with their feet up in front of the t.v., Netflix have got you covered with a wide range of Irish movies and talent, from Michael Fassbender to the late, great Dermot Morgan, to keep it an infinitely entertaining Paddy's Day. Irish Comedies The Stag A groom-to-be agrees to a bachelor party in the great outdoors, but the weekend takes a turn for the weird when the bride's boorish brother shows up – Stars Andrew Scott & Amy Huberman. Frank An aspiring musician joins a band of eccentrics led by an enigmatic singer -- who wears a fake head -- and his unstable girlfriend. Stars Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson. Killing Bono Determined to be a rock star, a Dublin boy starting his own band prevents his brother from joining a group formed by
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Father Ted will never return, says co-writer Graham Linehan

Father Ted co-writer Graham Linehan has revealed that he will never revive the comedy.

Linehan told the Radio Times that his production company Delightful Industries often receives ideas for new episodes.

The series ended in 1998 after just 25 episodes following the death of lead actor Dermot Morgan, who starred alongside Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Dougal) and Pauline McLynn (Mrs Doyle).

Linehan said: "I would never bring Dougal back. Someone suggested to me a way of doing it but I am totally different person now.

"We have said everything we have to about the imaginary world of priests."

Linehan is currently working on family sitcom The Walshes, which will make its debut on BBC Four at the end of March.
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Father Ted: 12 Funniest Episodes

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Father Ted, to some people, is more than a TV show. Fittingly enough, for a show that satires the Roman Catholic Church in a way that would never be permitted in today’s politically correct age, and the influence of its three series have reached almost a biblical scale in the sixteen years since the final episode.

Co-creator Graham Linehan has continued to leave his mark on British and Irish comedy with the wonderfully outrageous Black Books, and the slightly more conventional It Crowd. He can never be accused of resting on his laurels, but he could have retired from the world of comedy long ago with a perfect legacy in Father Ted.

Set on a remote island off Ireland’s west coast, the fictional Craggy Island was where Linehan stumbled upon his magic formula – the slightly manic Father Ted Crilly, played by the late Dermot Morgan,
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Father Ted actor Dermot Morgan "under terrific stress" before death

Father Ted star Dermot Morgan's former colleagues have spoken of the "terrific stress" the actor was under prior to his 1998 death.

Morgan won over audiences with his portrayal of the disaster-prone but well-meaning Father Ted Crilly in Graham Linehan's critically-acclaimed comedy.

However, the actor died suddenly aged 45 in February 1998, shortly after completing the third and final series of the show.

Morgan's co-stars Frank Kelly, Ardal O'Hanlon and Pauline McLynn told documentary Dermot Morgan - Fearless Funnyman of the high levels of stress the actor put himself under in the run-up to his untimely death.

According to Kelly, who played drunken Father Jack Hackett in the sitcom, Morgan "barely passed the medical tests" to film the third series and was "under terrific stress".

"He was never quite satisfied with what he was doing," Kelly said, according to The Mirror.

"The next thing was going to be infinitely better.
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Christmas 2013 TV to look forward to

Odd List Louisa Mellor 19 Dec 2013 - 07:00

We’ve scanned the UK TV schedules over the next fortnight and circled a few new Christmas programmes you may enjoy…

Despite this being the time of year when television repeats aren't just tolerated, but welcome (if at no point in the next fortnight does Dermot Morgan get lost in a department store underwear aisle, or a snowman ride a motorbike through a Sussex field, then it just won't feel like Christmas), we've gone for brand new shows in the list below.

There's a selection of new drama, comedy and a few other bits and pieces you may wish to circle in your festive TV listings magazine... Merry Christmas.

Drama Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

What is it? It's Doctor Who. Do you need to know anything else?

What’s this one about? This one-hour special is Matt Smith's farewell episode as the Doctor,
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'Father Ted' creator Graham Linehan: 'I've come to hate the church'

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has claimed that he "couldn't" write the show today.

The writer told The Independent that revelations about the Catholic church have made him too "angry" to write another show like his acclaimed Channel 4 comedy.

"Since Ted - and everything that's come out - I've just come to really hate the church," he said. "I could never write Ted now because I'd be so angry my fingers would go through the keyboard."

Linehan added that he had "great affection" for Ted (Dermot Morgan) when writing the series between 1995 and 1998.

"Ted is this light innocent bloke who somehow ended up in the priesthood, and I had great affection for him," he explained.

Linehan is currently working on a finale special for his other Channel 4 sitcom The It Crowd and also has a new BBC Two comedy Count Arthur Strong in the works.

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Father Ted DVD Review

The Pope’s funny hat finds itself between Popes at present. It seems a rather an appropriate time to celebrate the three greatest gifts the Catholic Church have given mankind: Father Jack, Father Dougal and Father Ted. This week all three delightful series of Father Ted have been released individually – face-lifted with charming illustrations by renowned cartoonist Tony Millionaire – so that we may relive the magic all over again.

Father Ted is a show I remember fondly so it was gratifying to go back and find it every bit as good as I remembered. For those who have never had the pleasure (for shame!), Father Ted documents the misadventures of three Catholic priests sharing a small parochial house with their housekeeper on a remote outcrop of rock off the west coast of Ireland. Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), the show’s antihero, is an amiable blunderer. Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly
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Father Ted: Series 1-3 DVD Review

Created By: Graham Linegan and Arthur Matthews

Starring: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Ireland always produces great comedians, writers and artists and there’s probably not been a better or equally more bizarre cult-classic comedy than Father Ted on the Irish shores or, to be truthful, in the UK at all in the late 1990s. For those who don’t know, Father Ted was created by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews who invented the vividly insane world of Father Ted Crilly. He’s a priest that has been stuck on an Island somewhere off the west coast of Ireland (just past Donegal and past again), in a small parochial house. His days there are shared with the endlessly stupid Father Dougal (Ardal O’Hanlon) and the endlessly aggressive Father Jack (Frank Kelly), the latter who sits sleeping, drinking and shouting – a direct satirical reminder of the later life of Catholic priests.
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Win! TV Cult-Classic Father Ted – Series 1-3 On DVD!

From award-winning creators Graham Linehan & Arthur Mathews and starring Dermot Morgan as the eponymous Father Ted Crilly, the brilliant and much-loved comedy, Father Ted, Series 1, 2 and 3 are now available to own separately on DVD from 11th March.

Each series of this laugh-out-loud comedy classic is also loaded with hilarious extras including brand new commentaries and interviews with Graham Linehan & Arthur Mathews, Tedfest 2007: A Very Ted Weekend & Tedfest 2007: Two tribes go to war, Commentary with Graham Linehan & Ardal O’Hanlon, Comedy Connections, Comic Relief with Ted and Dougal, and Channel 4’s 30 Greatest Comedy Shows. Plus, each series comes with brand new individually designed bespoke illustrated packaging designed by renowned cartoonist, Tony Millionaire:

“I’ve loved Tony Millionaire’s work for years and seeing the show through his eyes is a dream come true.” -Graham Linehan.

Laugh out loud again with Father Ted Series 1, 2, & 3 available to own from 11th March 2013 or…
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Six to watch: TV priests and vicars

With the current success of Father Brown and the past popularity of Rev, priests and vicars may be starting to take centre stage on TV. We pay homage to some of the best small-screen clergy

Traditionally, television has either dressed them up inWith straw hats and used them as the butt of jokes, or portrayed them as hapless victims in Agatha Christie adaptations. But it seems that priests and vicars have begun to take centre stage on the small screen. Following the success of BBC2's comedy Rev, there's currently another sympathetic ordinand on television: Gk Chesterton's prewar detective Father Brown, who has been appearing daily on BBC1 in the afternoons.

Brown is played by Mark Williams (of The Fast Show and Harry Potter fame). He would not have been my immediate idea for the part of Chesterton's squat and gentle character with the odd clothes and large brolly, but
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10 Christmas TV shows to circle in the Radio Times

Odd List Louisa Mellor Dec 20, 2012

We’ve put a spotlight on some of the UK Christmas telly specials you won’t want to miss this festive season…

You know that pub conversation we’ve all had, the one about what you’d show an alien race on the brink of wiping out planet Earth to convince them we are essentially a well-meaning, productive, and often beautiful species that deserves to live? No contest: a Christmas issue of the Radio Times.

In 1969, an astronaut walked on the moon and someone thought up the Christmas Radio Times, both of them landmarks of brilliant stuff achieved by humans. They must have been thinner then - not astronauts, copies of the Radio Times - back when there were fewer TV channels than there are now Shrek films.

Between the covers of that hefty double edition sits the industry and imagination of generations. It
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Comedy box sets to ward off the gloom

There's no better way to cheer yourself up over a cold, wet weekend than to hunker down with a classic comedy series

Oh look, it's raining again. The economy is down the pan. The nights are drawing in. But that week of summer we fleetingly experienced was brilliant, wasn't it? There is no better way of cheering yourself up over a cold, wet weekend than hunkering down with a comedy box set. Work your way through these five chuckle-cluttered classics – detailed below in no particular order – all of which should stand up to multiple watches. By the time you emerge the economy will probably still be down the pan, but the sun might possibly be putting in an appearance. Possibly.

The Office – Special Edition Box Set

While The Office made a splash when it aired in 2001, many thought it would date, particularly as the mockumentary format quickly became well-trodden TV terrain.
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Father Ted Festival: Comedy series and comedian Dermot Morgan celebrated on the Aran Islands (IrishCentral)

Mayo won the day in the General Election and on Craggy Island as Belmullet girl Majella Donoghue took a leaf out of Enda Kenny’s book on Saturday. Hundreds of Father Ted fans cast the political votes to one side as they celebrated the life and times of Ireland’s greatest comedy series and its star turn Dermot Morgan over the weekend. The General Election was forgotten about amidst the drama and excitement of the Loveliest Girl On Craggy Island contest as families, friends and fans of the late Morgan celebrated the iconic TV show. Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, was turned into Craggy Island for the weekend for the fifth annual Tedfest, deemed the best yet by those in the know. Like Enda Kenny’s landslide win on the mainland, the votes all went the way of Mayo in the Lovely Girl competition as Majella Donoghue from Belmullet triumphed.
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Your next box set: Father Ted

Silly, surreal and very funny, it was also edgy – Irish priests as feckless wasters!

For a substantial minority, the sudden death of Dermot Morgan in 1998, aged 45, was far more affecting than that of Princess Diana a few months before. Scrawled messages ("Rip Dermot" and "Sleep well, Father Ted") appeared on billboards advertising the upcoming third series of the sitcom. It was a strange sight, all the more moving for its incongruity – for Father Ted was not a show to chase pathos, nor go soapy like its Channel 4 stablemates of the time, Friends and Frasier.

Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews's show about three disgraced priests – frustrated Ted, boozy Jack, fabulously stupid Dougal – plus tea-pushing housekeeper Mrs Doyle was, instead, remorseless in its pursuit of the laugh, going to elaborately slapstick lengths to score as many as possible. It was never pretentious, just indefatigably funny. Seeing it all again on box set,
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