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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.
27th Sep '14 5:32:20 PM mlsmithca
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This series of comic short stories ran into five books and was eventually adapted into a TV comedy series, which in very many ways was the spiritual parent of ''Series/FatherTed''.

The series of books was written by Father Peter de Rosa and the subsequent TV series draws upon these autobiographical novels, written as "[[AuthorAvatar Father Neil Boyd]]".

The series is an engagingly idiosyncratic situation comedy based on the post-war experiences of a young priest sent to the parish of St. Jude's in the London suburb of Fairwater in 1950. This series gains extra bite from the relatively embattled situation of the parishioners as (mainly Irish) Catholics in a firmly Protestant Britain just recovering from the war, and still smarting under Government rationing and other restrictions, such the common prejudice against Irish people, that would later translate itself to a growing black ethnic minority. (Indeed, at some point during the series the first immigrant boats must have arrived from the West Indies, as an Irish priest is seen wrestling with the special concerns of black parishioners). It should also be noted that St. Jude is the Catholic patron saint of lost causes...

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This series of comic short stories ran into five books and was eventually adapted into a TV comedy series, which in very many ways was the spiritual parent of ''Series/FatherTed''.

''Series/FatherTed''. The series of books was written by Father Peter de Rosa and the subsequent TV series, which aired on [[Creator/{{ITV}} London Weekend Television]] for three series of seven episodes each between 1978 and 1981, draws upon these autobiographical novels, written as "[[AuthorAvatar Father Neil Boyd]]".

Boyd]]".

The series is an engagingly idiosyncratic situation comedy based on the post-war experiences of a young priest priest, Father Neil Boyd (played in the TV series by singer-actor Daniel Abineri), sent to the parish of St. Jude's in the London suburb of Fairwater in 1950.1950 as a curate to parish priest Father Charles Duddleswell (a post-''Series/DadsArmy'' Arthur Lowe). This series gains extra bite from the relatively embattled situation of the parishioners as (mainly Irish) Catholics in a firmly Protestant Britain just recovering from the war, and still smarting under Government rationing and other restrictions, such the common prejudice against Irish people, that would later translate itself to a growing black ethnic minority. (Indeed, at some point during the series the first immigrant boats must have arrived from the West Indies, as an Irish priest is seen wrestling with the special concerns of black parishioners). It should also be noted that St. Jude is the Catholic patron saint of lost causes...
causes...



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 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.
UrExample.



* AuthorAvatar: Father Neil Boyd is a thinly disguised Peter da Rosa.

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* AuthorAvatar: Father Neil Boyd is a thinly disguised Peter da de Rosa.



* DrinkingOnDuty: the amiable and never-quite-sober Irish doctor, Duddleswell's best friend and argument partner, who steadies his hand with a drop of the sweet stuff before performing minor surgeries.
* HotForPreacher: The middle-aged and sometimes not so middle-aged women of the parish who insist Father Neil tends to their spiritual needs, whilst nursing a forlorn hope he might do something to address ''other'' sorts of need too.

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* DrinkingOnDuty: the The amiable and never-quite-sober Irish doctor, Duddleswell's best friend and argument partner, who steadies his hand with a drop of the sweet stuff before performing minor surgeries.
surgeries.
* HotForPreacher: The middle-aged and sometimes not so middle-aged women of the parish who insist Father Neil tends to their spiritual needs, whilst nursing a forlorn hope he might do something to address ''other'' sorts of need too.



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: not only most of the Irish families but Father Neil's own family, too.
* NunsAreSpooky: the Mother Superior. The one woman who can scare Duddleswell.
* SternNun: the Mother Superior, local Head of a stern contemplative order with strict rules.

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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: not Not only most of the Irish families but Father Neil's own family, too.
* NunsAreSpooky: the The Mother Superior. The one woman who can scare Duddleswell.
* SternNun: the Mother Superior, local Head of a stern contemplative order with strict rules.
Duddleswell.



* UrExample: the root inspiration for ''{{Father Ted}}'', a show that can be viewed as ''Bless Me, Father'' on hard drugs.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: the local Rabbi (this is North London) is both a professional peer and something of a friend to Duddleswell. He pops up in several shows and stories, first as a member of the local association of religious ministers, where he gives sage advice, and again in an episode where an Irish Catholic boy from Duddleswell's parish wishes to marry a Jewish girl from the Rabbi's congregation. Priest and Rabbi are seen hammering out a pre-nup, largely concerning which religion gets the children, and how many will be Catholic and how many Jewish. Both parties agree that at least they are in full agreement on one thing: Irish father, Jewish mother. There will be ''lots'' of children.





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* SternNun: The Mother Superior, local Head of a stern contemplative order with strict rules.
* UrExample: the The root inspiration for ''{{Father Ted}}'', a show that can be viewed as ''Bless Me, Father'' on hard drugs.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: the The local Rabbi (this is North London) is both a professional peer and something of a friend to Duddleswell. He pops up in several shows and stories, first as a member of the local association of religious ministers, where he gives sage advice, and again in an episode where an Irish Catholic boy from Duddleswell's parish wishes to marry a Jewish girl from the Rabbi's congregation. Priest and Rabbi are seen hammering out a pre-nup, largely concerning which religion gets the children, and how many will be Catholic and how many Jewish. Both parties agree that at least they are in full agreement on one thing: Irish father, Jewish mother. There will be ''lots'' of children. \n\n\n\n\n
6th Jul '14 10:11:37 PM theAdeptRogue
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* HotForPreacher: The middle-aged and sometimes not so middle-aged women of the parish who insist Father Neil tends to their spiritual needs, whilst nursing a forlorn [[TheThornBirds hope]] he might do something to address ''other'' sorts of need too.

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* HotForPreacher: The middle-aged and sometimes not so middle-aged women of the parish who insist Father Neil tends to their spiritual needs, whilst nursing a forlorn [[TheThornBirds hope]] hope he might do something to address ''other'' sorts of need too.
15th Jan '14 3:05:27 AM AgProv
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* OpenHeartDentistry: Father Neil, rather than the local vet, is asked to minister to an apparently dead cagebird. Nonplussed, he read a random Latin prayer and sprinkled holy water on it. Probably due to the shock of the cold water, the bird got up and started singing...
16th Nov '13 10:39:25 AM AgProv
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* YouveGotToHaveJews: the local Rabbi (this is North London) is both a professional peer and something of a friend to Duddleswell. He pops up in several shows and stories, first as a member of the local association of religious ministers, where he gives sage advice, and again in an episode where an Irish Catholic boy from Duddleswell's parish wishes to marry a Jewish girl from the Rabbi's congregation. Priest and Rabbi are seen hammering out a pre-nup, largely concerning which religion gets the children, and how many will be Catholic and how many Jewish. Both parties agree that at least they are in full agreement on one thing: Irish father, Jewish mother. There will be ''lots'' of children.





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* YouveGotToHaveJews: YouHaveToHaveJews: the local Rabbi (this is North London) is both a professional peer and something of a friend to Duddleswell. He pops up in several shows and stories, first as a member of the local association of religious ministers, where he gives sage advice, and again in an episode where an Irish Catholic boy from Duddleswell's parish wishes to marry a Jewish girl from the Rabbi's congregation. Priest and Rabbi are seen hammering out a pre-nup, largely concerning which religion gets the children, and how many will be Catholic and how many Jewish. Both parties agree that at least they are in full agreement on one thing: Irish father, Jewish mother. There will be ''lots'' of children.




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