One small island off the west coast of Ireland. Three
priests. One housekeeper. A gaggle of supporting priests. A bunch of nuns. A few
late-night Ludo matches. The most consistently awful weather in the world.
Young Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon) lives simply. Not ungodly
but certainly unaware, the sun is always shining in his world. Happily oblivious
to anything outside it, he is without doubt one of God's 'special' creatures.
Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) is a lover of the sensuous life, a
bon viveur. Or a semi-conscious reprobate. When not sleeping in his chair he is
usually screaming abuse, dreaming of past exploits or shouting for more drink
(anything from Tia Maria to Toilet Duck).
Trying desperately to remain sane in the face of all this is Father Ted
Crilly (Dermot Morgan), who anxiously plays host to a number of bemused and
bemusing guests - aggressive bishops, shy nuns - a never-ending parade of fellow
priests and on one memorable occasion a famous lady novelist (Gemma Craven).
Constantly inveigled into playing Devil's advocate - from picketing a
blasphemous movie to becoming an Elvis lookalike - Ted's dreams are of a parish
in Las Vegas and a life free from embarrassment. Well, perhaps even an hour free
The Parochial House on Craggy Island is set afloat on a sea of tea all
the while by the Housekeeper from Hell, Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn) who keeps an
eye on events over an ever-boiling kettle.
Filmed on location in Ireland and London, Father Ted is written by
Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.