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Genre: Television - Father Ted / Theatrical Release: 1995 / Director: Declan Lowney, Andy DeEmmony / Actors: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon ... / DVD released 04 November, 2002 at 2 Entertain Video / Features of the DVD: Box set, PAL

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      09.01.2010 04:36
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      Right up there with the best comedies of the 20th century.

      Father Ted - The Complete Box Set (DVD)

      I'm a huge Father Ted fan and was delighted to receive the complete box set on 4 dvd's for Christmas.

      Father Ted is one of the funniest comedy series of all time. Originally it started as an idea for a single show but then someone suggested stretching it into a series and the rest is history.

      I won't spoil any of the plots for anyone who hasn't yet seen them but I can assure you there isn't in my opinion a bad episode in any of the 3 series.

      But crazy plots aside it's the interplay and long running background stories to the main characters that really makes Father Ted something I like to watch over and over again.

      The episodes are mostly set on a small Island off the coast of Ireland called Craggy Island. The main characters are three catholic priests and their house keeper Mrs Doyle.

      Cheif among the 3 priests is Father Ted Crilly a slightly Bilko type character who longs to get rich or get promoted to a better post - usually America. A thread running through all 3 series is that Father Ted once had control over a lot of funds belonging to the church -and he is forever claiminmg 'that the money was just resting in my account'. Ted is always tryng to better himself or get out of some mess, however he is forever hampered by his idiot sidekick Father Dougal McGuire.

      Father Dougal McGuire is a simpleton who somehow attained priesthood despite his childlike ignorance of the world and disbelief in God. I find the interplay between Ted and Dougal absolutely hilarious.

      Episodes are littered with hilarios one line gags like 'Dougal you'll never get to sleep like that' as the camera pans to Dougal riding an exercise cycle. Like Morcombe and Wise Ted and Dougal innocently share a bedroom to great comic effect.

      Ted's Nemisis and occasional accidental accomplice is the foul mouthered, hard drinking, insane and mysterious Father Jack Hacket.

      Jack's interjections leave me laughing so much I'm in pain. He'll suddenly wake up from his asrmchair while Ted and Dougal are otherwise engaged and shout out things like feck arse and girls. In one episode he makes the other priests stand up during the French national anthem! In another episode Jack locks a visiting priest in his soiled underpants hamper.

      The last of the main characters is Mrs Doyle the houskeeper who has an unheathy obsession with getting people to dring tea and pesters them endlessly until they agree. She also falls off ladders and out of windows a lot!

      There are a bunch of lesser but regular characters who fit in to the predictable but always entertaining format of the episodes as well as some cameos by actors like Richard Wilson of One Foot In The Grave fame(who ends up punching father Ted after one too many utterences of 'I don't believe it'). Less welcome, and probably the weakest thing in the series are Graham Norton's occasional appearencves as an annoying priest.

      As I find Norton annoying and unfunny anyway I couldn't warm to his tedious moments on screen. But Norton's cameos are the only blot on an otherwise perfect slice of 90's comedy.

      Father Ted is right up there with the great comedies of all time in my opinion -like Porridge and Dad's Army. I'm very happy that I own every episode ever made now!

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      18.07.2009 20:32

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      Truly remarkable comedy in a box set

      My favorite TV show comes to DVD with all episodes in one fantastic box set. You cannot really fault Father Ted for the show provides so many laughs even though I have seen all the episodes more than 5 times each! Set in Ireland for those who are not familiar with Father Ted the show follows the lives of 3 priests and the funny situations that they get themselves into. e.g. One episode is about an over 75's priests football tournament. These random ideas for a script are delivered spectacularly well in the show and the show is hilarious. Given the unique style deployed in the comedy the show provides so many laughs time after time. The only perhaps negative is that there is little extras in the box set apart from Directors commentary and some extra videos. Apart from that though this is truly superb and is really a funny show!

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      06.07.2009 16:07
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      3 series of almost non-stop laughs

      This box set is perfect for fans of the series, aswel as new fans. I myself had never watched Father Ted until June 2009!! I had only ever seen clips from later episodes but it never appealed to me.
      However, i recently started watching from the beginning and i love it. It's certainly my type of humour and i'm ashamed i hadn't seen it before.
      The only downside is that it's only 3 series long, another short but brilliant british sitcom like Blackadder.

      Father Ted is one of those rare, and I mean rare, sitcoms where all the episodes are great and never surpass one another. The plotlines and characters are beyond wackiness. There's Father Ted who thinks he's smart but all his plans backfire, Father Dougal who is completely thick and daft, Father Jack who is a lecherous, alcoholic, elderly priest who is sober once every 12 years and violent. Lastly there is the preists housekeeper Mrs Doyle who is scatty and completely bonkers.

      All the other villagers of Craggy Island and priests are wacky as well. There's Ted's arch nemesis Father Dick Byrne with Fathers Cyril McDuff and Jim Johnson who are all like Ted, Dougal and Jack. There's Father Larry Duff who is always getting injured. Shop owners John and Mary who are as nice as pie to one another when the priests are around but as soon as their backs are turned they are trying to kill each other. I could go on and on.

      If you're the type who likes a mix of whitty, and silly british humour then give this a go. I made comparisons to other classics such as Monty Python and Blackadder.

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      24.06.2009 13:38
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      Hilarious, bizarre, surreal, just the best sitcom ever!

      INTRODUCTION

      I remember the very first time I saw Father Ted. I'd never heard of it but was idly flicking through the TV channels on a Friday night. I stumbled across this weird programme on Channel 4 about some priests and their mad housekeeper who kept banging on about tea! I didn't know what to make of it at first, but stayed with it till the end of the episode and quickly found it hilarious! I never missed an episode after that.

      I bought the various different series/half series on video when they were released; these were replaced with the DVD box set when it became available. I have the original DVD box set; they've since released a newer box set which contains footage from the first two Tedfests. (More about this in a mo).

      My boxset contains all of series 1, series 2 and series 3 plus the Christmas special, 'A Christmassy Ted'. This was slated by the critics when it first aired; they called it "just a long drawn out episode of the norm" - isn't that what Christmas specials usually are?!

      MAIN CHARACTERS

      Anyway, the very first episode, "Good Luck Father Ted", introduces us to the main characters:

      Father Ted Crilly - the priest for Craggy Island (played by Dermot Morgan)
      Father Dougal McGuire - Ted's curate (played by Ardal O'Hanlon)
      Father Jack Hacket - a "retired" priest whom the others have the misfortune to be sharing their days with (played by Frank Kelly)
      Mrs Doyle - their mad housekeeper who looks after their every need, mostly with copious amounts of tea (played by Pauline McLynn).

      PLOT

      These 3 priests have been shoved away from the wider religious community and installed on an island (Craggy Island) off the west coast of Ireland. The story behind it is that Ted's been suspected of stealing church funds ("that money was just resting in my account!"); Dougal's not fit to be a proper priest anywhere and neither is Jack; both are deemed not suitable to be trusted anywhere near the parishoners. We see snippets of this by way of flashbacks to Jack's younger days, and Dougal's hilarious attempt at conducting a funeral in Ted's absence.

      As far as plot goes, that's pretty much it - well, it is a silly comedy after all. Each episode has it's own mini "plot"; such as The Passion of St. Tibulus where Ted and Dougal are told by the fearsome Bishop Len Brennan to go down to the local cinema and protest against a blasphemous, erotic film. "Careful now!" and "Down with this sort of thing!" they chant.

      QUICK GUIDE TO SELECTED EPISODES

      Other episodes are just as daft: Hell (a caravan holiday from Hell); Tentacles of Doom (where 3 bishops come to Craggy Island to upgrade the Holy Stone of Clonrichert from a Class 3 to a class 2 relic); A Song for Europe (with a song called "My Lovely Horse" written by the Divine Comedy who also penned the theme tune to Father Ted and one of the best episodes of all I think); Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading (where our trio attempt to do their bit for Lent ("this is a giving things up competition!"); and Speed 3 (where Dougal decides to become a milkman and puts everyone in danger thanks to the dastardly Pat Mustard).

      The episodes mentioned above are just a flavour of the silliness you can expect from this programme; but honestly there isn't a bad episode at all. They're all hilarious and even though I've watched them countless times, they still have the ability to make me laugh till I ache (or wet myself!).

      A CHRISTMASSY TED

      Regarding A Christmassy Ted, this centres on Ted taking the lead and managing to avoid a church scandal when dozens of priests get lost in the lingerie department of a large store and can't find their way out. Their eventual exit from the store pokes fun at various war films and acts of heroism. Ted is awarded the Golden Cleric as a result of his success; enter the "baddie" Father Todd Unctious to try to mar the event! Just as daft as all the other episodes but just as funny too.

      DVD BOXSET CONTENTS

      The DVD boxset I have also includes various "extras" such as commentary by the writers on the series 1 disc; commentary by the writer and Ardal O'Hanlon on the series 2 disc; and on the series 3 disc, Dougal's Favourite Sound Effects!

      TEDFEST

      I have no idea who came up with this but they ought to have a medal! Think Glastonbury meets a celebration of Father Ted! For the past 3 years now, the island of Ennis Mor, one of the Arran Islands and the location for Craggy Island, has played host to weekends known as Tedfest. There are a variety of activities you can indulge yourself in over the weekend such as the Lovely Girls Competition; the All Priests Over 75 5-a-side Football Match; A Song for Europe; and Competition Time (where the 3 priests all dressed as Elvis Presley in the episode of the same name). As you might expect, there are endless cups of tea to be enjoyed at Tedfest for anyone who's interested!

      I really want to go to this but they hold it at a daft time; Feb/Mar when let's face it the rugged islands off the west coast of Ireland are going to be freezing. Why don't they hold it in August?

      Father Ted is the funniest sitcome ever in my opinion and nothing else has ever, or will ever, match it for sheer hilarity. It's just such a shame that Dermot Morgan died the day after filming on series 3 ended and hasn't been able to enjoy the enduring popularity of this show.

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        28.02.2009 18:52
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        That money was just resting in my account...

        Whoever pitched this idea to Channel 4 must have been exceptionally good at their job. Three disfunctional Catholic priests on an isolated island with a mad housekeeper? How's that going to work? Well work it does and beautifully. Graham Matthew and Arthur Linehan created a piece of TV gold when they scripted the adventures of Father Ted Crilly, Father Jack Hacket and Father Dougal McGuire, seemingly trapped forever together on Craggy Island. The strength of the scripts and the brilliance of the cast were the two key factors in ensuring Father Ted is frequently listed as one of the best sitcoms of all time, up there with Fawlty Towers and the mighty Frasier. The humour is essentially a bizarre mix of strange situations, brilliant dialogue and improbable stupidy. Example: Ted demonstrating the concept of perspective to Dougal:
        Ted: (Holds up model of cow) These cows are very small...(gestures out of the window)...those are far away...you see?
        Dougal: Ah, Ted,....no.
        Much funnier when you see it, obviously.
        Father Ted seemed to be getting stronger with every series, the third has some real gems including introducing the legendary Pat Mustard. Such a shame that Dermot Morgan died before any more series could be made. Watching Father Ted is a sheer, giddy, hysterical joy.

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          06.01.2009 21:58

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          brilliant!

          How the idea came of 3 priest on a remote island, one a down-to-earth guy, one a complete dimwit and one an alcholic i will never know. A great great comedy and this box set is great value for money if you have only seen bits of father ted and like what you see. There isn't an episode in the whole box set that i did not like, everyone of them will have you rolling on the floor laughing as this very original idea of a comedy show cracks joke after joke of sheer brilliance. My favorite priest is father jack because he cracks me up with his drunken shouting and fear of nuns and love of shouting drink, feck, arse and girls haha. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 15 who doesn't political correctness :)

          Buy this if you love classic comedy and want to laugh until you cry. enjoy!

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          28.12.2008 13:24
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          You will never see the church in the same way again.

          Father Ted box Set
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          INTRODUCTION TO LOCATION:
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          Craggy Island is located off the west coast of Ireland and is the most barren, desolated spit of land in the middle of nowhere.
          On Craggy island there are 3 priests.

          They are there for 3 reasons,
          One had some church funds "resting" in his account, resting there for a very long time!
          One is thick as feck and caused a ruckus with some nuns. Discreetly know as' The Blackrock Incident'.
          And the last one for his drinking and womanising!
          Together with their housekeeper they form the most barmy and insane household in Ireland if not the world.


          INTRODUCTION TO CAST:
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          Father Ted Crilly - Dermot John Morgan
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          (Born 3 March 1952 - 28 February 1998)
          Ted is a devious schemer and a fantastic liar but is always being dropped in it by Dougal.
          ## Sadly, Dermot had a heart attack and died just 3 days before his 46th Birthday, it was also just 24 hours after recording the last episode of Father Ted ##


          Father Dougal McGuire - Ardal O'Hanlon
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          (Born 8 October 1965)
          Father Dougal is the innocent fool of the group with the mental age of a radish. In his world the sky is always blue and the clouds are made of cotton candy. A bit like his brains.
          His only other big hit was 'My Hero', where he played George Sunday a dopey Super hero.


          Father Jack Hackett - Frank Kelly
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          (Born 28 December 1938)
          Father Jack is a foul mouthed drunkard who takes every opportunity to drink anything that is wet, oh except water to which he is allergic,....HE CLAIMS!
          Frank has not really starred in much else of note.
          Catchphrases include:
          "Drink", "Feck", "Arse" and "Girls".


          Mrs Doyle - Pauline McLynn (Mrs Doyles first name, though never mentioned, was actually JOAN)
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          (Born 11 July 1962)
          Mrs Doyle is their slightly psychotic housekeeper with obsessions about making sandwiches and tea.
          She also starred in Bremner, Bird and Fortune.
          Catchphrases include: "Ahh, go on" and "Tea father?"




          ~Synopsis~
          ==========
          We follow the exploits of the 3 priests as they live their barmy, insane and extremely funny lives on the desolate Island. Everything the try, everything the do is doomed to either failure, embarrassment or destruction. Usually all three.

          Their parochial house is ruled over and kept running by the equally insane Mrs Doyle who has had, possibly in the words of the song, her "19th nervous breakdown".
          But the thing they fear the most is a visit by Bishop Len Brennan who is solely responsible for placing them on the Island in the first place. He hates them with a passion that is only matched by how passionately they fear him.

          The Program lasted for three series and what follows is a small recap of each series and each episode within,
          Enjoy.


          SERIES 1
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          Episode 1
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          Good Luck, Father Ted
          Fun land comes to Craggy Island and Dougal can hardly contain himself. Meanwhile Ted gets a chance to appear on TV, Things do not go according to plan.

          Episode 2
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          Entertaining Father Stone
          Ted and Dougal have to accommodate Father Stone the most boring man in the world. Luckily he gets struck by lightening whilst out playing crazy golf.

          Episode 3
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          The Passion of St Tibulus
          Bishop Leonard Brennan instructs Ted and Dougal to protest against a blasphemous film showing at the islands only cinema. But they protest so much everyone wants to see it.

          Episode 4
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          Competition Time
          It's that time of year for the 'Look-a-Likie' competition and Ted, Dougal and Jack go as the 3 ages of Elvis.

          Episode 5
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          And God Created Woman
          Ted meets and falls in love with a local author but Dougal ruins things as expected.

          Episode 6
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          Grant unto Him Eternal Rest
          Father Jack has drunk the floor polish and even for him it might be too much to stomach, has he finally shuffled of this mortal coil?


          SERIES 2 PART 1
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          Episode 1
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          Hell
          The fantastically funny Graham Norton stars in this episode as the excruciatingly annoying father Noel whom they meet in a tiny caravan and then have to Irish dance their way out of the door.

          Episode 2
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          Think Fast, Father Ted
          Ted holds a raffle for a car he has wrecked and so has to rig the raffle so that Dougal wins it.

          Episode 3
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          Tentacles of Doom
          3 Bishops come to the island to 'Upgrade' a local holy relic, ie a stone! One ends up dead, another loses his faith and the other ends up with the relic inserted up his A**e.

          Episode 4
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          The Old Grey Whistle Theft
          A whistle is stolen, oohh crime of the century on Craggy island, Dougal is framed but then Ted is caught red handed what else could go wrong?

          Episode 5
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          Song for Europe
          Ted and Dougal enter the Eurosong competition with 'a song they have written themselves called 'my little pony' and win!


          Christmas Special
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          A Christmassy Ted
          Ted and Dougal go shopping and get lost in the Lingerie department!
          Two Father lost amongst the knickers and suspenders but then they bump into another three, then another two clerics and Teds quick thinking gets them all out of the store without embarrassment
          It wins him the coveted Golden Cleric award. But as you can imagine thing don't quite go tedsa way during and after the ceremony.
          At an hour long this episode is packed with quips and gags and stunts.



          SERIES 2 PART 2
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          Episode 6
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          The Plague
          One of the funniest episodes this one.
          Bishop Brennan hates rabbits, (he was once trapped in a lift with some) and wouldn't you know it Dougal has one for a pet. But one rabbit soon turns into fifty and Bishop Brennans visit is imminent.

          Episode 7
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          Rock-a-Hula Ted
          Dopey Dougal gives away the house while Ted is out to a feminist singer (Clare Grogan) and Ted has too bend over backwards to get the house back.
          Lets hope she doesn't find out about the 'Lovely ladies' competition that Teds running and judging.

          Episode 8
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          Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading
          Another funny one this as Ted, Jack and Dougal give something up for lent.
          Ted - Cigarettes, Jack - Alcohol and Dougal - Rollerblading.
          They need help and call in the Nun from Hell!

          Episode 9
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          New Jack City
          Father Jack has been drinking the 'Jif' again and his hands have gone to stage 3 of Hairiness. He is put into a nursing home buthis replacement drives the boys up the wall and soon they are planning Jacks 'Great Escape'.

          Episode 10
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          Flight into Terror
          Ted, "Dougal, Whatever you do don't press the red button"
          Dougal dumps all the fuel from the plane upon which he Ted and a truck full of other fathers are on. Ted must act fast to save the day.


          SERIES THREE
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          Episode 1
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          Are You Right There, Father Ted?
          Is Ted a racist?
          Well after been seen with a lamp shade on his head by a china man doing china man impression soon everybody thinks so.
          Desperately he must put things right but being bequeathed a lot of Nazi memorabilia does not help his cause.

          Episode 2
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          Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep
          The beast is loose on the moors, even though Craggy Island has no moors and the sheep are worried.
          Not good news for Ted who has bet the heating allowance on Chris the sheep to win the 'king of sheep' competition.

          Episode 3
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          Speed 3
          Pat Mustard is the Milkman with the most, the most women on Craggy falling for his charms.
          Ted and Dougal get him sacked and his gets his revenge by planting a bomb on his old milk float which Dougal has taken over.
          If the speed of the float drops below 4 miles per hour then, BOOM!!!!
          Very funny episode.

          Episode 4
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          The Mainland
          'I DON'T BELIEVE IT' !!!
          The very funny episode starring Richard Wilson.

          Ted, Dougal, Jack and Mrs. Doyle all go to the mainland and whilst there Ted and Dougal bump into Victor Meldew and really wind him up.
          Also in this episode is Graham Norton

          Episode 5
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          Escape from Victory
          The funniest football match you will ever see, as the over 75's take to the pitch. (or rather inside the sports centre)
          Ted cheats to win a bet with his rival, Father Dick Byrne.

          Episode 6
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          Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse
          Ted loses his bet with Father Dick Byrne and as a forfeit must kick Bishop Brennan up the Arse!
          Unbelievably he manages to do it and get away with it!
          A very funny episode.

          Episode 7
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          Night of the Nearly Dead
          TV presenter, Eoin McLove, visits the island and causes all of the wrinklies to go mad for him.
          They not only swarm around the house but break in and terrify ted and dougal. A parody f the zombie movies.

          Episode 8
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          Going to America
          Finally Ted gets the chance of a lifetime to go to America and be appreciated, (as well as making lots of lovely cash) but will he leave the other two behind?
          The ending is well, it's when you watch it that you, how can I put it?...
          Nah... I'm not going to tell you, Feck off.

          ~Opinions~
          **************
          It was surely the introduction of the word "FECK" that made all the difference to the series. To hear a priest saying 'Feck off' is firstly startling and then hilarious.
          The characters where all well thought through, even the visiting guests and visiting priests where all well written and even had their own funny lines and odd peculiarities superbly written.
          The casting was also a contributing factor to the shows success, again not just the main characters but the odd bod and extras where well thought through.
          The show, I believe, had run its course by the end of the third series and really could not have gone much further or gotten much funnier.
          All in all a great show that will last the test of time.


          ~DVD Features~
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          Main Language: English
          Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital Stereo
          Hearing Impaired: English
          Region: Region 2
          Number of discs: 4
          Classification: 12
          Run Time: 632 minutes
          Commentaries
          Craggy Island Memories
          Sound Effects Gallery

          ASIN: B00006LSFW
          Amazon Price: £49.99


          Greg.

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            12.10.2008 01:35

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            Dermot will be missed

            Father Ted is properly one of my favourite comedies. I love it so much. The humour is very dry and very funny. I love how dumb Dougal is. Each episode is 25 minuites long apart from the christmas ones that are 50 minuites.

            The comedy is set on an island called craggy island and 3 priests live together. Ted, dougal and Jack. All 3 are so different. Ted obvious thinks he's the best priest in the world and goes out of his way to out do others. Dougal is really dumb and you sit there wondering if there really are people like this out there. Jack is an alcoholic who is obsessed with girls and booze. He favourite words being "feck, arse and girls". One of my favouite bits in Father Ted was when Ted and Dougal are talking about ghosts and Dougal actually says he has seen one and mentions a time on a very cold night when it was very dark, he came down and say a man with silver hair sitting in the chair reading. Ted turns around to Dougal and says "was that me Dougal and he replies "yes it proberly was come to think of it" I found this so funny. Mrs Doyal is there House keeper and is obsessed with making teas. Everyone who visits has to have one and if they refuse she will continue to say "go on, go on, go on until they eventually agree.

            I really hoped that there would be another series but was devastated when I heard the news that the actor who plays Ted (Dermot Morgan) had sadly passed away days before his 50th birthday. I really think that they could have made more and more and no one would have got bored.

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            30.08.2008 01:15
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            Father Ted is about the life of three priests living together in an island off Ireland. Craggy Islan

            I only found out about Father Ted when I came to England five years ago and I am still watching them now. You will never get bored watching Father Ted.
            Father Ted is about the life of three priests living together in an island in Ireland. Craggy Island is real and the way the priests lived is real too ( I was told by devout Catholics ). According to what I have heard, you do get priests who do not want to lose out, priests that seems 'duh' and priest who love their drinks too much. The housekeeper keeps you entertained with her incessant serving of teas and sandwiches and would never take no for an answer.
            The humour in Father Ted is not slap stick but it is fast moving. It is a pity that they are not making anymore series. ( the main character died of heart attack during shooting )
            Father Ted DVD will definitely stay on your DVD rack for a long time and I can predict that you will watch it over and over again!

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              Brilliant buy!

              This has to be the ultimate buy for anyone who still stays up ona sunday evening watching Father Ted on More4 every week! Anyone who has not seen Father Ted before please buy this you will not be dissapointed!

              If you dont know the jist already, its basically three priests who the catholic church have sent to a small island just to get them out of the way for the trouble they cause. What goes on from there is pure comedy, ive never seen an episode i didnt enjoy!

              Father Ted is always on the look out for a bit of money or to get on Tv, Dougal is just the most innocent yet stupid person to ever grace a TV show, Jack is the best drunk ive ever seen, and finally Mrs Doyle who just cant stop making cups of tea!

              I dare anyone to say this isnt funny! What a shame they never had the chance to make more.

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              Anarchic clerical comedy, outstanding work of comedic art

              It's gold. Sheer comedy gold. It has been around 13 years since Father Ted first made it's momentous appearance on television screens all over the British Isles.
              Three Irish priests, a glaring embarrassment to the Catholic Church, exiled out of sight, if not out of harms way to Craggy Island, the remotest corner of the remotest little Isles of Irish coast. There are four main characters including the insanely eager and somewhat moronic Mrs Doyle, the middle aged housekeeper.
              There is Father Dougal Maguire, the most complete dimwit in the history of television comedy, perhaps two very lonely braincells with only each other for company. He has the charm of the innocent little boy that women want to look after and adore.
              There is Father Jack, a drink ravaged lecherous monster, who inhabits his own world in which he is liable at any time to shout the word, Drink, or Girls at any moment, from where he sits like a dangerous, belligerent alcoholic troll, given to unpredictable psychopathic eruptions. His vocabulary is extremely restricted, he growls and shouts rather than talks.

              Then there is the main man of the piece, Father Ted Crilley himself. Ever in a state of constant near panic as he invariably leads himself through some form of petty villainy, lust or vanity, into ever deepening crisis with usually somewhat cataclysmic results. Watch him struggle and squirm as he lies, decieves and connives to untangle himself from the mess he has landed himself in. See Dougall worsen the whole scenario with his complete idiocy and complete lack of grasp on reality.
              Father Jack just adds threat, terror and compounded disaster as the explosive loose cannon who interjects stunning moments of anarchic comedy.
              This is one of the greatest of the great television comedy classics, still as enjoyable as the day it was made.

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                An excellent series, definitely worth investing in the box set

                Well firstly a brief intro to the series of Father Ted... it's about a group of slightly odd misfit Irish vicars and their tea lady. There isn't much about religion in there - much less than Vicar of Dibley. it is more about the personalities of these extremely odd individuals. Haven't made it sound great have I but honestly it is an absolutely classic series! It's essentially about how a group of weird people cling together in their varying degrees of weirdness against the loneliness of being stranded on an under-populated island. They are all entirely self-absorbed and yet bond in their far-out exploits.

                The box set is perfect for dipping into. I would say some episodes are far funnier than others but none of them are bad. Genuine and multiple laugh out loud sections in all of them. I would recommend it as an excellent staple for a comedy DVD collection.

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                  04.08.2008 03:25
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                  A stellar comedy box set, highly reccomended.

                  25 Episodes of preist-based hilarity in one well priced box-set!

                  Father Ted was always a must-watch for me and my family and friends, its instantly memorable characters, surreally awkward situations, grim outlook on life on a remote Irish island and frequent pops at the Catholic church made for a winning forumula.

                  Consistantly good acting and fantastic writing teem through every episode, The regular characters inhabting Craggy Island parochial house find themselves in all manner of embarressing and often sleasy situations often brought about by the demands of their job as (seemingly inept) messengers of god and usually come up with solutions that massively worsen their situation.

                  This box set is all the Father Ted you will ever need, and a great chance to own all of one of the best and most highly rated shows ever shown on UK terrestrial television. The extras are even worth checking out as they contain a lot of previously unseen humour.

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                  21.07.2008 20:44
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                  A classic which is a must have in the collection

                  I think it is possible that Father Ted is one of the best British Comedy Shows ever. Even to this day, ten years after it's end, I still find myself talking to work colleagues about it. There was never a bad episode made and that makes The Complete Box Set a must have. The characters are amazing (from Fathers Ted, Dougall, Jack and the amazingly sublime Mrs Doyle to the small guest roles like Father Stone and the hilarious performance of Graham Norton as Father Noel Furlong), the situations ridiculously surreal and laugh out loud funny, and the writing amazingly nonsensical. It is such a shame that Dermot Morgan was taken from us so soon and it is always with a sad finality that I view the last episode. But every single one is a gem and worth watching. My only advice is to try and space out the viewing because watching too many episodes in one sitting could do you serious harm - I couldn't breathe with laughter sometimes.

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                    20.07.2008 14:59
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                    I have been watchin Father Ted for about three years and I have seen every episode over five times. It is definately one of the best comedy programmes ever. Every episode is great I have lots of memories of the funny bits. Sadly it will not be on anymore due to the death of Dermont Morgan in 1998 who played Father Ted.

                    It is set in Ireland in a place called Craggy Island. Father Ted lives with his father, Father Jack and his friend Father Doogle, there is also a house keeper called Mrs Doyle. Before I tell you about why I like it here's what I think of the charactors.

                    The main charactor is Father Ted, if something bad happens it always happens to him. Every time he try's something like cheating or comes up with a good idea disaster always strikes which is what makes his charactor funny.

                    His friend Father Doogle who also lives with him probely because he wouldn't last a minute by himself. Doogl is the funniest he always say's stupid things and does stupid things. Just like every comedy show there is always a stupid one and Doogle is the best.

                    The drunk old man in the armchair is Father Jack, he is very funny though he never really say's much exept swears. He always has a bottle of alcohol in his hand.

                    Mrs Doyle the house keeper is definately the best house keeper in the world. She will fall of the roof and never sleep to make sure the house stays clean. She also loves making tea and won't let anyone say no when she asks them if they would like a cup of tea.

                    So there are the main charactors though there are lots more and everyone in the show is funny.

                    I love Father Ted and unfortunately I have to live without new episodes. I have loved watchin it and I know you will it has everything you want from a good comedy show.

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                    Father Ted is one of those rare sitcoms that defies categorisation--it owes as much to Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett as it does to Monty Python--and its blend of satire, character comedy and anarchic surrealism has made it a cult favourite around the world. Exiled to remote Craggy Island, Father Ted shares a house with the breathtakingly stupid Father Dougal Maguire and the constantly inebriated Father Jack, who has a small vocabulary and a taste for furniture polish. Their housekeeper, Mrs Doyle, takes care of them with a never-ending supply of tea and sandwiches: "Go on now, Father, won't you try one? They're diagonal." Together they fight boredom by dressing up as Elvis, startling ducks at the fair and provoking nuns. This set compiles the entire three-year series. --Simon Leake