Last week, I started off my list counting down my top ten British sitcoms with The Vicar of Dibley. Today, I continue the list with another religious themed comedy.
Number nine – Father Ted
Father Ted follows the adventures of three priests of the Roman Catholic Church: Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire and Father Jack Hackett. All three priests live together, with their housekeeper Mrs Doyle, in a house on Craggy Island. Their assignment to this extremely isolated island off the coast of Ireland is the result of past misdemeanors committed by the three priests; Ted’s involving money, Dougal’s involving something only refered to as the “Blackrock Incident” and Jack’s involving women and booze.
While Father Ted may at first seem to be along the same lines as the Vicar of Dibley, the two programmes could not be more different. Whilst the Vicar of Dibley is a feel good comedy with wide appeal, Father Ted’s cast of seriously flawed characters and often disturbed plots has earned it a cult following. My favourite episode is ‘A Song for Europe’ in which Ted and Dougal enter a song into ‘Eurosong 96’. Here is a clip from that episode:
You can watch full episodes of Father Ted on the 4oD channel on YouTube here or on 4oD here. I’m not sure if these can be viewed outside of the UK. You can also purchase the Father Ted collection at Amazon.co.uk.