I was rewatching the terrific show Father Ted on the telly late the other night.
It was a terrific show for those who've never seen it.
Surreal, peculiar VERY silly and very funny.
The show ended because the actor who played Ted passed away during the filming of an episode.
They managed to wrap it up neatly, and surprisingly for such a strange show, it was also a little moving.
Father Jack, pictured above, was an old animal of a man whose vocabulary consisted of three sole words, "Feck", "Arse" and "Drink!!!".
He was repulsive and violent.
Ocassional Father Jack was taken completely out of his element, and Frank Kelly, who played him, had a pacticular talent for giving Jack a kind of "animal waking at the vet" confused look that was exceptionally funny.
I may have posted this line from the show before, by the gormless Father Dougal, but if not it's worth repeating.
It concerns the Beast of Craggy Island (where they all live).
"Because of the Beast. They say it's as big as four cats, and it's got a retractable leg so it can leap up at you better. And do you know what, Ted, it lights up at night, and it's got four ears; two of them are for listening, and the other two are kind of back-up ears. And, its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps. Mrs. Doyle was telling me that it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you. And instead of a mouth, it's got four arses."
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Saturday, September 23, 2006
at 10:35 AM