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Father Ted Craggy Island

Updated on August 8, 2013
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

When Father Ted arrived on British Television in 1995 it got a mixed response. Consider my small household. I absolutely loved Father Ted whereas my Hubby could not stand it. Humour is very personal but plenty of people seemed to agree with me and Father Ted became a hugely popular, but unusual, situation comedy.

Scenes from Father Ted

More Tea Father?
More Tea Father?

Father Ted was aired on Channel 4 around 10pm. It featured a house and its residents situated on the fictional Craggy Island, off the coast of Ireland. The house was actually supposed to be a parochial house but it is miles from anyone. It was home to three Roman Catholic priests and their housekeeper Mrs Doyle.

What a peculiar bunch of people they were.

Father Ted seemed the most sane and normal amongst them. Young Father Dougal seemed a little dim, to say the least. His stupid ways almost passed for boyish innocence. Father Jack was a filthy priest in every sense of the word. He was foul mouthed, a drunkard and filthy in his dress and appearance.

Mrs Doyle fusses and frets over the three Fathers and any other guests to the house. This eccentric lady is a very plain Jane. She is usually dressed like a homemaker of the 1940s or 50s. Mrs Doyle believes a cup of tea will cure anything and she constantly brews up.

The first series which was aired in 1995 gathered a large fan base. Of course it was not every-one's idea of funny entertainment. Some thought it was rather irreverent. However life is funny in so many ways and we should be able to laugh at all of it from time to time.

Ten more episodes were to follow plus a Christmas special. Another eight episodes followed and there were rumours that the show was only ever intended to have three series.

The matter was settled with the untimely death of the show's star, Dermot Morgan who played Father Ted. He was just 45 years old.

By now the show had reached dizzy heights of popularity. Father Ted has been re-run many times over the years. These days it has an almost cult following.

Since 2007 there has been a Ted Fest which is a Father Ted convention. This is held annually and is 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.


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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I agree. Its fe--ing brilliant

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      itakins 7 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!)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 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 7 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.


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      Steve 3.0 7 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, 7 years ago from London, UK

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

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      Eileen Kersey 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Love father Ted - Fantstic hub, thanks for the laugh