Father Ted is an iconic British-made Channel 4 sitcom about Irish Catholic priests on the remote, and fictional, Craggy Island.
Father Ted Crilly, played by Dermot Morgan, is a priest who serves the remote island parish off the west coast of Ireland. He lives with filial understudy, Father Dougal McGuire, artfully played by Ardal O’Hanlon and violent alcoholic, Father Jack Hackett, played by Frank Kelly. Pauline McLynn also stars as the overworked housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle.
How to watch Dad Ted
Father Ted is also available at BritBox
Who wrote Father Ted?
Writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews have had success with other comedy projects, with Matthews writing Toast of London and Linehan writing The IT Crowd and Black Books.
Father Ted has won multiple awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Comedy in 1996 and 1999. The sitcom was second in The Radio Times’ list of The Greatest British Sitcoms, with Fawlty Towers first. The three priests inspired cult status and a market for Father Ted tourism remains, largely around shooting locations in County Clare, in the Republic of Ireland.
How many seasons are there from Father Ted?
There are three series of Father Ted, 25 episodes in total. They usually last 25 minutes, with the Christmas special A Christmassy Ted at 55 minutes.
When was Father Ted made?
The first series of Father Ted was released in April 1995. The last episode aired in May 1998. Morgan had died in February of that year.
Why did Father Ted end?
Frank Kelly told The Irish Mirror that Morgan “barely passed the medical tests to be available to make the final series.” Dermot Morgan tragically died shortly after filming the last episode of Father Ted, aged 45.
Will there ever be another series Father Ted?
There have been multiple discussions about an American re-make of Father Ted. However, the show’s creator, Graham Linehan, called the plans “ridiculous”.
In June 2018, Linehan revealed that he and Matthews had written a Father Ted musical theater piece entitled Pope Ted: The Father Ted Musical.
All three series of Father Ted is available for purchase on DVD.