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Father Ted Craggy Island

Updated on September 15, 2018
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Eileen enjoys a variety of movies and likes to share reviews of those that impress her. She also loves British television comedy series.

What a Motley Crew!

From the left Father Dougal, Father Jack, Father Ted, with Mrs Doyle in the front
From the left Father Dougal, Father Jack, Father Ted, with Mrs Doyle in the front

Father Ted

When Father Ted arrived on British Television screens in 1995 it got a mixed response.

Consider my small household.

I absolutely loved and still love the Father Ted comedy series whereas my Hubby is not a fan.

Humor is very personal but plenty of people seemed to agree with me and Father Ted became a hugely popular, though rather unusual, situation comedy.

If you say “Feck“ or “Cup Of Tea Father” to a Father Ted fan expect a reaction. At the very least expect a smile or a counter catchphrase such as “Go on.”

Scenes from Father Ted

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More Tea Father?
More Tea Father?
More Tea Father?

Father Ted Taster

Father Ted The Series

When initially aired Father Ted was usually shown on Channel 4 where I live in the U.K. around 10pm.

It features a large house and its residents. It is situated on the fictional Craggy Island, off the coast of Ireland.

The house is supposed to be a parochial house but is located miles from any parishioners. It is home to three Roman Catholic priests and their housekeeper Mrs Doyle.

But what a peculiar bunch of people they are.

Father Ted appears the most sane and normal of these four though he has his odd moments of eccentricity.

Young Father Dougal seems a little dim, to say the least. His stupid ways almost pass for boyish innocence.

Father Jack is a filthy priest in every sense of the word. He is foul-mouthed, a drunkard and filthy in his dress and appearance.

The batty housekeeper Mrs Doyle fusses and frets over the three Fathers and any other guests visiting this house.

This eccentric lady is a very plain Jane who usually dresses like a homemaker of the 1940s or 1950s. Mrs Doyle believes a cup of tea will cure anything and consequentially she is constantly brewing up. and asking “cup of tea Father?”

The first series which aired in 1995 quickly gathered a large fan base after a rocky start

Of course Father Ted will not be every viewer’s idea of funny entertainment.

There was criticism that the humor was too irreverent.

However life is funny in so many ways and perhaps we should be able to laugh at all aspects of it occasionally.

Ten more episodes followed the pilot plus a Christmas special and the viewing audience continued to increase.

Another eight episodes followed even though rumours claimed the show was only ever intended to have three series.

Would there be more episodes?

Sadly however the matter was settled with the untimely death of the show's star, Dermot John Morgan who played Father Ted.

Morgan died February 28,1998, aged just 45.

Having filmed the last episode of the series Morgan was hosting a dinner party at home the next day when he was taken ill. He was rushed to hospital but died within hours having suffered a massive heart attack.

Father Ted Legacy

By the time of Morgan’s death the Father Ted series had reached dizzy heights of popularity and its popularity continues.

Father Ted has been re-run many times over the years and consequently it now has an almost cult following.

Since 2007 there has been a Ted Fest, which is a Father Ted convention, held annually and remains very popular.

Although the indoor scenes of Father Ted were filmed in a studio all of the outside filming took place in various parts of Ireland.

Eighteen years to the day after Morgan died his co-star Francis O'Kelly, popularly known as Frank Kelly, the man who played Father Jack, also died. He was aged 75.

Will You Have a Nice Cup of Tea Father?

© 2010 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I agree. Its fe--ing brilliant

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      itakins 

      8 years ago from Irl

      This is brilliant-I love Father Ted-Who could ever forget 'My lovely horse'and the national song contest -Irish humour at its very best (and irreverent!)

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes an American version would possibly be quite good. Graham Norton appeared also of course.

      Thanks for the visit

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      OpinionDuck 

      8 years ago

      Father Ted was brilliant, to bad that he died so young.

      I am surprised that there wasn't an American version of it.

      Thanks

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      Steve 3.0 

      8 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Fatehr Ted is one of the best sitcoms, I still watch the repeats and know most of the script now but the actors were so good, it is still funny.

      Ardal O'Hanlon is a good stand up comedian, he has been on live at the apollo a few times and was very funny.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Father Ted was amazing and entertaining. Thank you for yur reminder and review. It was great

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Patty you beat me too it :). Yes unfortuantely Father Ted passed away just as he and the show were becoming very famous.

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      Yes, that was it Patty, thanks! I didn't know the Father Ted actor had died. :o :(

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      We recieved this show on PBS a few years ago and it was so much fun to watch! The one of the superhero Thermoman too, My Hero.

      I must look at the Amazon DVD ads above. Hilarious. Too bad the Father Ted actor died the night after filming the last episode.

      Thumbs Up!

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      We get this on BBC America and I love it (and I'm Catholic)

      :)

      There used to be a britcom with the guy who plays Father Dougal cast as a superhero, I forget the name. That one was cute too.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Jay and premier. I am glad you share my love of Father Ted. Yes I read that the house is on the mainland but some of the show's images were on an Irish Island

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      premierkj 

      8 years ago from Republic of Ireland

      Father Ted is still on RTE television regularly throughout the year. It's on a par with Fawlty Towers in my opinion. I remember going to find Father Ted's house a few years back. It's actually on the mainland. We never found though! Great Hub.

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      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Love father Ted - Fantstic hub, thanks for the laugh

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