A Televisual Representation of Roman Catholic Priests: Father Ted

Appendix One

A Brief Summary of All Father Ted Episodes

The First Series

Episode 1 - Title: "Good Luck, Father Ted"

Ted gets the chance to appear on Faith of our Fathers, the prestigious Eirean telly show. Could this be the opportunity for him to find television stardom and escape from Craggy Island? Sadly, no. His best efforts, and some of his worst, are frustrated by Father Dougal and Father Jack and the arrival of 'Funland'-the world's worst funfair.

First transmitted on 21 April 1995.

Episode 2 - Title: Entertaining Father Stone

For six years Father Stone has been coming to Craggy Island, which is at least seven years too many for Ted, Dougal and Jack. Ted tries everything to get him to go. However, when Father Stone finds himself on the receiving end of a bolt of lightning, he becomes equally desperate to get him back.

First transmitted on 28 April 1995.

Episode 3 - Title: The Passion of St. Tibulus

The controversial movie, The Passion of St. Tibulus has been banned by the Pope, but through some loophole, is being shown on Craggy Island. Bishop Brennan asks Father Ted and Father Dougal to get the film withdrawn. As a result of their protest, it becomes the most successful film in the cinema's history.

First transmitted on 5 May 1995.

Episode 4 - Title: Competition Time

The 'All Priests Look-a-like Competition' has come around again and Henry Sellers, host of the almost popular Morning Quiz, is coming to judge it. Ted is determined that this year he will defeat his fellow priests from Rugged Island. Out goes Mother Teresa, this year he's going as Elvis Presley. The only trouble is that Jack and Dougal decide to go as Elvis too. Ted has a plan and Henry Sellers has an unfortunate sip of sherry.

First transmitted on 12 May 1995.

Episode 5 - Title: And God Created Woman

Novelist, Polly Clarke, author of the steamy Bejewelled With Kisses, comes to stay on Craggy Island. Father Ted mistakenly believes she is attracted to him. Will it be bright lights, glamour and excitement and a new life for Ted? Or does Polly have other plans?

First transmitted on 19 May 1995.

Episode 6 - Title: Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest

Father Jack consumes more floor polish than is good for him; but he leaves Father Ted and Father Dougal half a million pounds. However, will he stay dead long enough for them to get it? (For more on this episode see Appendix Two)

First transmitted on 26 May 1995.

The Second Series

Episode 1 - Title: Hell

It's July and time for the three fathers' annual holiday to Kilkelly Caravan Park. With two places of interest to visit- 'The Magic Road' and 'St. Kevin's Stump'- the stage is set for an incredibly exciting two weeks. But a suspicious nearby couple, an over-excitable youth group and a lot of rain all conspire to turn the trip into a Dante-esque experience.

First transmitted on 8 March 1996.

Episode 2 - Title: Think Fast Father Ted

With a leaky roof threatening to collapse on Father Jack at any moment, Father Ted receives a car from Bishop Brennan to give away in a fund-raising raffle. However, when a bit of amateur body-work goes wrong, Fathers Ted, Dougal and Jack are forced to borrow another car from Father Liam Finnegan, the 'Dancing Priest.' But how are they going to get it back when someone wins it in the raffle? Ted has a plan.

First transmitted on 15 March 1996.

Episode 3 - Title: Tentacles of Doom

Father Ted receives word that the Holy Stone of Clonrichert- Craggy Island's most popular religious knick-knack- is to be upgraded to a 'Class II' relic. Three bishops arrive on the island to perform the ceremony and Ted is determined that Fathers Dougal and Jack be on their best behaviour. However, a crisis of faith, a faulty toilet and an overbearing bishop result in death, destruction and horror. (For more on this episode see Appendix Two)

First transmitted on 22 March 1996.

Episode 4 - Title: The Old Grey Whistle Theft

The arrival of a rebellious young priest, Father Damien Lennon, coincides with the theft of a whistle owned by Craggy Island's officious picnic area supervisor, Mr. Benson. As the islanders become hysterical about the breakdown of law and order, Sergeant Hodgins, drawing on all the police resources at his disposal, begins to suspect a priest is responsible.

First transmitted on 29 March 1996.

Episode 5 - Title: Song for Europe

Inspired by Father Dougal's enthusiasm, and driven by his rivalry with Father Dick Byrne, Father Ted decides to enter the 1996 Eurosong Contest. To this end, he and Dougal 'borrow' a tune from an old Eurosong hopeful-"We'll just be celebrating their memory. Don't tell anyone, incidentally."-And enter it as their own. With inspired lyrics, a jaunty tune and the right attitude, they stand a good chance. However, fate has one more card to deal.

First transmitted on 5 April 1996.

Episode 6 - Title: The Plague

Father Dougal is very excited about his new pet rabbit, Sampras. Meanwhile Bishop Brennan is due to arrive to investigate a case of suspected nude-sleepwalking by Father Jack. An incident in a lift in New York has left the bishop with an intense rabbit phobia, so Sampras must be kept well hidden. However, the sudden proliferation of rabbits leads to a crisis situation.

First transmitted on 12 April 1996.

Episode 7 - Title: Rock-A-Hula Ted

Aggressive protest singer Niamh Connolly arrives on Craggy Island to "get her head together" and check out a possible future home. Meanwhile, Father Ted is looking forward to judging the annual 'Lovely Girls Competition.' Will this clash of militant feminism and old-fashioned, wholesome womanhood lead to more trouble for Ted? Yes!

First transmitted on 19 April 1996.

Episode 8 - Title: Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading

With Easter fast approaching, Father Dick Byrne suggests that Father Ted call a truce and get on with the important business of sacrificing something for Lent. Ted gives up cigarettes, Father Jack gives up drink (or at least Ted hides his drink) and Father Dougal gives up rollerblading. When they fall at the first hurdle, they enlist assistance from a strict order of militant nuns. Help arrives in the form of Sister Assumpta; and their idea of self-sacrifice is soon radically re-defined as a strict ten-step road to spirituality is rigorously enforced.

First transmitted on 26 April 1996.

Episode 9 - Title: New Jack City

Father Jack's incredibly hairy hands seem to indicate that he is suffering from a common complaint that afflicts old priests. He is hurriedly sent off to the St. Clabbert's Old Priests' Home for immediate treatment. However, Jack's replacement appears to be even more trouble than the great man himself; so Ted and Dougal decide to mount a Guns of Navaronne-style rescue operation to get him back.

First transmitted on 3 May 1996.

Episode 10 - Title: Flight Into Terror

Flying back from a visit to a particularly holy shrine, the Craggy Island trio find themselves in mortal danger; when Father Fay, the 'Monkey Priest of Killybashangel,' goes mad in the cockpit and causes Father Dougal to do something really, really stupid. With only a cupful of fuel left, Father Ted comes up with a top-notch plan on how to decide who gets the last two parachutes.

First transmitted on 10 May 1996.

The Christmas Special

All Father Ted wants for Christmas is a nice quiet time at home in the parochial house with no strange incidents, no visitors and no disasters. But there is, of course, no chance of this happening. The nightmare begins when Ted, Father Dougal and a handful of their priest pals go on a Christmas shopping trip and end up hopelessly lost in the lingerie department of a large store. Only Ted's quick thinking averts a Church scandal; and the hero of the hour is rewarded with a 'Golden Cleric' award. However, that's just the start of his troubles.

First transmitted on 24 December 1996.

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Changes last made on: Thu Mar 13 14:30:27 1997