Wednesday, 5 March 2008

A tribute to Father Ted

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Stand-up comedian and New Humanist contributor Christina Martin emailed me pointing out that it's ten years since Father Ted came to an end (which sadly means it's also ten years since the death of its star, Dermot Morgan).

Christina forwarded me this excellent article from the Independent about the second annual TedFest that took place last week on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland (it won the right to be the official "Craggy Island" in a football match last year against its neighbour Inisheer). Now hundreds of fans flock to Inishmore every year for TedFest, to dress up as characters from the show and take part in the "Lovely Girls Competition" the "Craggy Island World Cup" and the "Song for Europe" contest.

Why am I blogging this? Well, Father Ted was gloriously blasphemous and this anniversary seems like a fantastic excuse to post a clip from one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Here are Ted and Dougal protesting against a heretical French film, The Passion of St Tibulus, that has been condemned by the Pope and banned everywhere except Craggy Island. Genius.