Friday January 24, 2020

An anarchic classic that awakened us all

Father Ted captured a whole series of religious and cultural epiphanies, and remains a comedy landmark two decades on from its debut

26th April, 2015
Ardal O’Hanlon and Dermot Morgan in Father Ted Picture: Channel 4

‘I’m afraid I thought this one as dire as its title . . . a collection of clichés and stock characters which I cannot see being anything but a disaster.”

So wrote a senior BBC script editor in 1974 to John Cleese when rejecting the pilot script he was offering for a new comedy series slot that the BBC was planning to fill. It was the pilot for Fawlty Towers.

In the event,...

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