Father Ted Craggy Island
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
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.