Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Father Ted Crilly 25 episodes, 1995-1998
...  Father Dougal McGuire 25 episodes, 1995-1998
...  Father Jack Hackett 25 episodes, 1995-1998
...  Mrs. Doyle 25 episodes, 1995-1998


Have mercy on poor Father Ted Crilly. He has so much to contend with when it comes to dealing with the folks of Craggy Island, Ireland. There's Father Dougal McGuire, who is as dimwitted as they come; and then there is Father Jack Hackett who lives for the simple pleasures of life (sleeping, drinking, and swearing). Ted tries to bring stability to his congregation as well as the surreal townspeople of Craggy Island. Written by Pat McCurry <>

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21 April 1995 (UK)  »

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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. See more »


Some of the bunnies in "The Plague" are motionless stuffed bunnies. See more »


Bishop: [after a two-minute conversation with Dougal] It's all nonsense, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

The sixth episode of the second season 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 »


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Songs of Love
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Written by Neil Hannon
Performed by The Divine Comedy
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A comedy masterpiece
7 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

The day I moved to Ireland, I didn't know I was about to discover one of the greatest comedy series of all times as "Father Ted" certainly is!

The basic plot in itself is amazingly simple, a stroke of genius: three "peculiar" priests and a housekeeper in an island off the Irish West coast. It's unbelievable how much fun, irony, satire, surreal humour and great characters can come out of so little. And if you are of Catholic extraction, the fun is even greater (we all have met a Dougal, a Ted or a Jack at some stage...)

It's even too hard for me to pick a favourite episode: Ted and Dougal entering the "EuroVision Song Contest" with the excellent pop hit (and video clip) "My lovely horse"? Ted is believed a racist by the islanders and organises a great multi-cultural event? Dougal becomes a milkman only to discover that his life is in danger at Speed 3? Father Stone comes for a visit and for playing a bit of mini-golf? "The Passion of St. Tibulus" is being shown at the local cinema? Cigarettes, drink and rollerblades are given up for Lent? Bishop Len Brennan is kicked up the arse? Impossible to decide.

I would recommend to anyone buying the complete series 1, 2 and 3 as they come out in DVD. You can watch "Father Ted" over and over and still laugh your head off.

One of my favourite quotes:

Dougal: "Ted, was Jack really dead? How could he come back to life?"

Ted: "I don't know, Dougal. I'd say he's resurrected from the grave...Like that fella...what's he called...E.T.!"

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