What do you need to know about it?
Father Ted was an Irish sitcom produced by a British broadcaster. It followed the “Craggy Island” house of three Roman Catholic priests led by Father Ted, and housekeeper Mrs Doyle. All the priests had been sent there as a punishment for various incidents in their past. Most Brits will have heard of the show. It is critically acclaimed and can rightfully stake a claim as one of the best comedies of all time.
It is difficult to not like Father Ted. It rips on the Catholic church but not in a way that is too offensive, unless you lack a sense of humour, but then, you’re not forced to watch it are you? Father Ted Crilly is burdened not only by the idiots around him, but by his own idiotic schemes, and the way he reinterprets the teachings of the church to serve his own ends. Father Dougal has a childlike perception of life and understands none of it. Father Jack Hackett is a drunk who sits in the corner either drinking, or sleeping, or shouting obscenities. Mrs Doyle is the insane and hyperactive housekeeper, slightly obsessed with “a cup of tea”. The adventures, or misadventures are a little surreal. The show was fabulous. Sadly Father Ted himself “Dermot Morgan” died of a heart attack, shortly before the third series aired.
Where did I first become acquainted?
I think right from the start in 1995. I watched it all as it aired. I’ve watched it many times since. I still find clips funny. Check out this clip here after Ted is accused of being a racist:
What to buy:
All the episodes ever produced can be bought on a dvd set. In the US, it is available on netflix streaming as well.
Anything related to look at:
Check out this fan site “Father Ted Online“. Check out Craggy.net. Or check out youtube, there are plenty of clips. For example this one, where Ted leads out a posse of priests who have become accidentally “lost and trapped” in the lingerie section of a department store:
It was written by Graham Linehan (who also wrote “Black Books”, and “The IT crowd”) and Arthur Mathews (who also worked on “Black Books” and “Hippies” starring Simon Pegg).
It really is one of the best comedies ever, so try check it out if you can. Watch Father Ted deal with a blasphemous film:
Lexicon word of the day: chaffer.