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FATHER TED (article first published : 2005-05-26)

Father Ted, a surreal comedy 10-part series concerning three priests, will be screened on BBC Prime on DStv every Thursday at 20h00 from May 26.

This tale of priests who have been banished to a parish on the desolate Craggy Island off Ireland's west coast comes from award-winning comedy writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews.

Young Father Dougal Maguire (Ardal O'Hanlon) is not best suited to the priesthood. He may have a cheery nature but he's frankly a half-wit. On the other hand, Old Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly), is a crazed reprobate and alcoholic with a three-word vocabulary, none of it polite. It's just as well he's never sober enough to get out of his armchair.

Father Ted himself (Dermot Morgan) does his best to run the parish, while dreaming desperately of escape, and battling the few worldly temptations that do come his way. Further assaults on his sanity come in the shape of ingratiating housekeeper Mrs Doyle (Pauline McGlynn) and the fierce Bishop Brennan (Jim Norton) - not to mention his arch-nemesis, Father Dick Byrne of neighbouring Rugged Island.

Series Two kicks off with Hell/ It's July and time for the annual holiday to Kilkelly Caravan Park. With two places of interest to visit - the Magic Road and St. Kevin's Stump, it promises to be an exciting two weeks. But a suspicious couple living nearby, an over-excitable youth group, and a lot of rain, conspire to turn it into a Dante-esque experience. The programme features a guest appearance from Graham Norton.




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