History Series / BlessMeFather

9th Mar '17 6:51:17 AM AgProv
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* BurialAtSea: The two Catholic priests are charged with carrying out the Seventh Corporeal Work of Mercy for an old Irish sailor who died alone and without family in a retirement home. Father Duddleswell notes the old sailor left three hundred pounds for his funeral, stipulating that he wanted to be buried at sea. Duddleswell rubs his hands with glee, knowing he can get the job done for seventy and the excess, naturally, will go towards the expenses of the priest who officiates. He gloats at over two hundred pounds - a large sum in TheFifties - going into parish funds. But one thing leads to another and the funeral eventually costs more than three hundred, the excess coming out of Duddleswell's pocket. Then they discover that their assumption, that an old Irish sailor with no family to confirm his religion had to be Catholic, was utterly wrong. He came from the more Orange part of [[StrokeCountry the North]], and had he lived, would have objected strenuously to the idea of being buried by Catholics.
12th Feb '17 4:55:15 AM LentilSandEater
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Father Neil becomes embarrasingly aware that he has the sort of dark good looks which spark something of a [[Series/ThornBirds reaction]] among the more impressionable female members of the parish. Women of a certain age tend to go to him for Confession and spiritual guidance and this provokes ''situations''. Father Duddleswell would be outraged at any explicit suggestion that he is cunningly pimping his curate out to lonely rich widows in exchange for large donations to parish funds. Nevertheless, Neil begins to suspect he is being used as a parish asset in this way. Neil has a sort of covert "winking and smiling" relationship with a young pretty nun, which earns rebukes from both Duddleswell and the Mother Superior, then caps this when he goes into hospital and gets infatuated with the very attractive nurse who tends him after his operation. To cure him of this, Duddleswell introduces him to a third priest resident in the parish, one who is suspended from the priesthood for having had an affair with a woman, who he later marries. This elderly priest, now living in poverty in a house made nearly uninhabitable by a Luftwaffe bomb, comes across as a proto-Jack Hackett, perhaps the UrExample.

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Father Neil becomes embarrasingly aware that he has the sort of dark good looks which spark something of a [[Series/ThornBirds [[Series/TheThornBirds reaction]] among the more impressionable female members of the parish. Women of a certain age tend to go to him for Confession and spiritual guidance and this provokes ''situations''. Father Duddleswell would be outraged at any explicit suggestion that he is cunningly pimping his curate out to lonely rich widows in exchange for large donations to parish funds. Nevertheless, Neil begins to suspect he is being used as a parish asset in this way. Neil has a sort of covert "winking and smiling" relationship with a young pretty nun, which earns rebukes from both Duddleswell and the Mother Superior, then caps this when he goes into hospital and gets infatuated with the very attractive nurse who tends him after his operation. To cure him of this, Duddleswell introduces him to a third priest resident in the parish, one who is suspended from the priesthood for having had an affair with a woman, who he later marries. This elderly priest, now living in poverty in a house made nearly uninhabitable by a Luftwaffe bomb, comes across as a proto-Jack Hackett, perhaps the UrExample.
1st Dec '16 6:10:31 AM AgProv
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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: The sneak thief who repeatedly raids the offertory boxes at St Judes is ScaredStraight by a mighty voice from the heavens telling him his sins have been seen and that theft is a sin. In reality it's a recorded message prepared by a Creator/{{BBC}} actor who is part of the congregation, relayed via the church PA system.

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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: The sneak thief who repeatedly raids the offertory boxes at St Judes is ScaredStraight [[ScareEmStraight Scared Straight]] by a mighty voice from the heavens telling him his sins have been seen and that theft is a sin. In reality it's a recorded message prepared by a Creator/{{BBC}} actor who is part of the congregation, relayed via the church PA system.
1st Dec '16 6:03:17 AM AgProv
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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: The sneak thief who repeatedly raids the offertory boxes at St Judes is ScaredStraight by a mighty voice from the heavens telling him his sins have been seen and that theft is a sin. In reality it's a recorded message prepared by a Creator/{{BBC}} actor who is part of the congregation, relayed via the church PA system.
16th Apr '16 10:56:19 AM nombretomado
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* UrExample: The root inspiration for ''{{Father Ted}}'', a show that can be viewed as ''Bless Me, Father'' on hard drugs.

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* UrExample: The root inspiration for ''{{Father Ted}}'', ''Series/FatherTed'', a show that can be viewed as ''Bless Me, Father'' on hard drugs.
7th Mar '15 2:26:19 PM yanqui9
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** "Did not our Savior turn water into wine?" (Duddleswell) "He did." (Doctor) "Now, if he had done the unpardonable act of turning wine to water, who among us would believe that He was the Son of God?"

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** "Did not our Savior turn water into wine?" (Duddleswell) "He did." (Doctor) "Now, if he He had done the unpardonable act of turning wine to water, who among us would believe that He was the Son of God?"
7th Mar '15 2:25:43 PM yanqui9
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** "Did not our Savior turn water into wine?" (Duddleswell) "He did." (Doctor) "Now, if he had done the unpardonable act of turning wine to water, who among us would believe that He was the Son of God?"
7th Mar '15 2:19:12 PM yanqui9
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* TheMourningAfter: Mrs Pring married her husband whom she had two weeks together with. He then went off to fight in World War I in which he was killed. The two weeks were enough to father a daughter with her. Mrs Pring has remained loyal to her husband in the forty years since, never remarrying.
12th Nov '14 11:52:45 AM Ruddigore
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* Confessional: Almost a given, considering the books and the series

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* Confessional: {{Confessional}}: Almost a given, considering the books and the series focus on a pair of Catholic priests; in fact the first episode of the TV series culminates in Father Neil's first stint in the confessional.
12th Nov '14 11:49:43 AM Ruddigore
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* Confessional: Almost a given, considering the books and the series


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** Father Neil has his moments, much to the annoyance of Father Duddleswell.


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* LighterAndSofter: The TV series has a much gentler, heart-warming feel to it than the original books, which have a noticeably darker sense of humour and slightly more cynical tone, and often feature surprisingly in-depth discussions of theology between Father Duddleswell and Father Neil.


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* TheVicar: Mr Pinkerton, the local Anglican curate and one of Duddleswell's (many) nemeses. Pinkerton is perhaps something of a subversion of the trope, as he is frequently depicted as a somewhat smarmy, unpleasant man, albeit slightly moreso in the TV series than the books.
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