History Trivia / FatherTed

21st Nov '16 2:05:08 PM mlsmithca
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* TooSoon: The original script for the final episode, "Going to America", ended with Father Ted contemplating suicide. However, when Dermot Morgan died the day after filming was completed, that ending was quickly replaced with a montage of scenes from previous episodes.

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The original script for the final episode, "Going to America", ended with Father Ted contemplating suicide. However, when Dermot Morgan died the day after filming was completed, that ending was quickly replaced with a montage of scenes from previous episodes.
15th Nov '16 3:14:05 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Originally Mrs Doyle was going to be a love interest for Father Ted but this was ultimately scrapped, however most of the dialogue is still the same.
13th Nov '16 3:52:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Irish comedian Jon Kenny played a cinema owner in "The Passion of St Tibulus" and a Eurosong MC in "Song for Europe" (in the latter role, he was filling in for Creator/SteveCoogan who pulled out at the last minute).
** Pauline [=McLynn=] played Mrs Doyle in every episode, but as she only had a few lines in "Flight Into Terror" they also let her play one of the nuns throwing paper at Ted.
13th Nov '16 3:46:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{RealLife/Mean Character Nice Actor}}: Father Jack, as loud and as obnoxious as he is, is played by Frank Kelly... who couldn't be any different from the character he plays. Kelly joined {{Series/Emmerdale}} but left after five months, because he missed being with his wife and children in Ireland too much to stay. He's also donated money to various drama projects which are struggling, and asks for nothing back in return.
* MethodActing: While Dermot Morgan could jump from playing Father Ted to entertaining the studio audience between setups Ardal O'Hanlon had to go off to a corner by himself because Dougal was so odd that it was hard for him to stay in character while shooting.

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* {{RealLife/Mean Character Nice Actor}}: Father Jack, as loud and as obnoxious as he is, is played by Frank Kelly... who couldn't be any have been more different from the character he plays. character. Kelly joined {{Series/Emmerdale}} ''{{Series/Emmerdale}}'' but left after five months, because he missed being with his wife and children in Ireland too much to stay. He's He also donated money to various drama projects which are struggling, and asks for nothing back in return.
* MethodActing: While Dermot Morgan could jump from playing Father Ted to entertaining the studio audience between setups setups, Ardal O'Hanlon had to go off to a corner by himself because Dougal was so odd that it was hard for him to stay in character while shooting.
3rd Oct '16 7:48:56 AM OlfinBedwere
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** "Escape from Victory" would have ended not only with Ted's cheating being exposed, but it being revealed that Dick Byrne had bribed the Craggy Island team to throw the match (which they forgot to actually do, thanks to their advanced ages). The two are forced to undergo each other's forfeits, and Dick actually has to go through with kissing Cyril... which he does in a nonchalant way that suggests he (and possibly also Cyril) is actually a closeted StraightGay.

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** "Escape from Victory" would have ended not only with Ted's cheating being exposed, but it being revealed that Dick Byrne had bribed the Craggy Island team to throw the match (which they forgot to actually do, thanks to their advanced ages). The two are forced to undergo each other's forfeits, and Dick actually has to go through with kissing Cyril... which he does in a nonchalant way that suggests he (and possibly also Cyril) is actually a closeted StraightGay. This then leads into the cliffhanger ending and Ted being told he has to kick Bishop Brennan up the arse -- which in this version was Dick's forfeit from the off, instead of him doing it as a response to Ted's cheating.
2nd Oct '16 11:20:47 AM OlfinBedwere
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The series' script book reveals that quite a few of the episodes, particularly in the third series, would have gone off in different directions:
** Mrs. Doyle's first name was mentioned to be Joan in the script for one of the early episodes. The line was cut for timing reasons, and subsequent episodes made the non-reveal of her first name a RunningGag.
** "The Mainland" had a deleted subplot involving Ted being falsely accused of stealing a briefcase. Near the end of the story, he only needed to use half of his betting money to pay the bail for Father Jack, Mrs. Doyle and Mrs. Dineen... and then had to use the other half to bail himself out when he was arrested for his "theft."
** "Escape from Victory" would have ended not only with Ted's cheating being exposed, but it being revealed that Dick Byrne had bribed the Craggy Island team to throw the match (which they forgot to actually do, thanks to their advanced ages). The two are forced to undergo each other's forfeits, and Dick actually has to go through with kissing Cyril... which he does in a nonchalant way that suggests he (and possibly also Cyril) is actually a closeted StraightGay.
** "Night of the Nearly Dead" gave a different explanation for Eoin [=McLove=]'s ManChild behaviour, namely that he was so used to being mothered that he had mentally regressed to childhood. This was changed to the brief reference to his BarbieDollAnatomy that appears in the finished episode.
** The series finale ended, as mentioned previously, with Ted joining the suicidal priest on the window ledge at the priests' convention.
28th Sep '16 7:04:17 AM moloch
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* OlderThanTheyThink: "Dermot Morgan playing a funny priest" actually goes all the way back to 1980, when he would appear on ''The Live Mike'' as "Father Trendy" to deliver the end-of-episode homily.
15th Aug '16 2:58:39 AM 06tele
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** This got so bad that Pauline [=McLynn=] (Mrs Doyle) refused to appear in the documentary about the show.

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** This got so bad that Pauline [=McLynn=] (Mrs Doyle) refused to appear in the documentary about the show. She has however gone on to be a successful novelist.
8th Jun '16 9:43:48 PM gewunomox
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** Father BrianEno got away with it.

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** Father BrianEno Music/BrianEno got away with it.
22nd Apr '16 1:55:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Practically every major figure in Irish comedy appears somewhere.
** Graham Norton had a recurring role before he got his own talk show.
** The Christmas special briefly featured Kevin [=McKidd=], the actor from ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' and ''Series/{{Rome}}''. (Although he's actually Scottish.)
** Irish comedian Ed Byrne plays one of the teenagers who call Priest Chatback, and Tommy Tiernan is a suicidal priest.
** [[Series/RedDwarf Kristine Kochanski]][[note]]that's the pre-series 7 Kochanski[[/note]] also pops up as a pro-feminist singer in one episode. (Although she's also actually Scottish.)
** Pat Mustard is [[Film/TheSnapper George Burgess]].
** Father BrianEno, anybody?
** In ''Night of the Nearly Dead'', Eoin [=McLove's=] PA Patsy is [[Series/OrphanBlack Mrs. S]].
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