Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast
By James McAnespy
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Hosted by Belfast actor and writer James McAnespy, Ecumenical Matters is an episode-by-episode look back at the greatest sitcom ever, Father Ted. New guests each week discuss the legacy of Ted, the jokes and the humour. Each week we break down episodes and try to give better context for viewers - especially viewers who wouldn't be familiar with the Irish & Catholic aspects of the show. A particular example is our detailing of Bishop Brennan's first appearance, and how it was directly inspired by the scandal of a real life Bishop who had a son in America, and we provide more context for Dougal's night wear, the Ireland football jersey and why it would have been important to him at at that time. Regular features include a running count of Mrs Doyle's 'Ah Go Ons', a 'Meet your Maker' where we spot instances of Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews in the show, filling up Father Jack's drinks cabinet and we are trying to pick out a definitive top 5 over the course of the podcast! Subscribe now.
||ExplicitEpisode 26 - TOP FIVE FATHER TED EPISODES||The TOP FIVE EPISODES, as voted for by YOU, the listeners of Ecumenical Matters. Lindsay Mitchell and Glenn Hamill take us through the Contenders we picked throughout the run of the podcast and have been voted on over two months by the public. Find out||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25 - A Christmassy Ted||IT'S CHRISTMAS! So naturally it's Golden Cleric time on Craggy Island! Dirty Words members Colin Hassard and Ashley Manners get trapped with Ted and Dougal in the Largest Lingerie Department in Ireland. Mrs Doyle gets a new, mechanical nemesis and Jack||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24 - Going to America||Writers and producers Muireann McGinty and Dee Harvey dream big in the final ever episode of Father Ted! 😢 After talking Tommy Tiernan off a ledge at a priest's convention Ted is seduced by visions of a glamourous life in America, but can he really||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23 - Night Of The Nearly Dead||Kiel Cathers, lead singer of folk rock behemoths The Logues wards off the huddled masses of Eoin McLove fans in this hilarious send up of Daniel O’Donnell. Mrs Doyle is besotted when she wins a competition to have her beloved TV host Eoin McLove visit||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22 - LIVE! Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse||LIVE EPISODE! We broadcast live from the Fenderesky Gallery on Belfast's North Street during Culture Night Belfast 2016 in front of an adorning audience and streamed to Facebook Live. All with the obligatory Craggy Island production values! After losing||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 - Escape from Victory||Another Road Show! This time to Mexico. Well south of the (Ireland/UK) border in Letterkenny. Ted is embroiled in a high stakes bet with his hated rival Dick Byrne in the Annual All-Priests 5-a-Side Over 75 Indoor Football Challenge Match. Dougal's on a||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 - The Mainland||I don't believe it! Twenty episodes, so celebrate with actor Glenn Hamill and Vince! The Islanders take a day trip to the Mainland, despite Mrs Doyle's misgivings. Ted and Dougal meet Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave, but learn very quickly tha||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 - Speed 3||PAT MUSTARD! Comedians Victoria E Armstrong and David Doherty-Jebb commandeer a milk float in this seminal episode. Randy milkman Pat Mustard has been getting Mrs Doyle all hot and bothered, and Ted doesn't like it. He organises a sting operation and th||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 - Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep||Actor, writer and improv artist Michael Keane is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, cowering from the menace of the Beast in this terrifying mystery episode. Ted's got in over his head, betting the entire heating allowance on Chris winning the King of th||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 - Are You Right There, Father Ted?||Belfast Comedy Writers Johnny Nicholl and Jonathan McCoy watch Ted insult a sixth of the world's population when he tries to impersonate a Chinese person. Dougal helps him come up with an idea, but he didn't realise there were a lot of small ideas after||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16 - Flight Into Terror||Gerry Norman of rock band A Plastic Rose and his wife, street artist Friz (Marian Noone), board a flight with us where everything goes wrong - what is it with rock stars and planes? Ted's fear of flying is justified after Dougal is given access to the c||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 - New Jack City||Lifelong Ted fan, Sean Treanor hosts the nightmarish Father Fintan Stack and his 3am jungle music, but at least he had his fun, and that's all matters. Jack's hairy hands has him stationed up in 'Jurassic Park', so Ted and Dougal have to entertain their||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 - Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading||Lifelong Ted fan Eamonn Turbett joins in the giving things up competition, or sorry, the sacrifice to Our Lord (Arnold, who's Arnold?). After Father Dick Byrne lays down the challenge, Ted volunteers himself, Dougal and Jack to give up their vices, whil||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 - Rock a Hula Ted||Actress Lindsey Mitchell and prodigal son Vince (they all have lovely bottoms) are on the judging panel for The Lovely Girls. Ted's has the honour of picking the winner, who will have the honour of paying for dinner for him. Dougal has to house sit but||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 - The Plague||DJ and musician Graham Harrison has to cure The Plague befalling Craggy Island, as the whole place is coming down with rabbits and Ted and Dougal desperately search for a ways to get rid of them - on the eve of Bishop Brennan's impromptu visit! Mrs Doyl||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 - A Song for Europe||Composer and musician Marty Devine serenades us through Craggy Island's melodious tribute to Eurovision. Ted and Dougal go through some creative differences, but emerge with the classic My Lovely Horse (well, the lyrics at least). Jack's drinks||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 - The Old Grey Whistle Theft||Donny Kingston, up and coming stand up on Belfast's comedy circuit, helps unravel the mystery of the stolen whistle and stave off complete societal breakdown on Craggy Island. It's just a whistle! Dougal's finds a cool new friend in Father Damo (pla||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 - Tentacles of Doom||London Comedy Writers Olly Allsop and Jordan Birch attend the upgrading of the Holy Stone of Clonrickert to a Class 2 Relic. Hosting three bishops on the island is going to be the highlight of Mrs Doyle's career, but unfortunately she's lost her contact||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 - Think Fast, Father Ted||Improv artist and actor Marcus Keeley conducts the inquest into the most crooked raffle in Craggy Island history. Music is in the air, with Father Finnegan the dancing Priest (RIP) and the Spinmaster Father Billy O'Dwyer on the decks. Father Austin Purc||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 - Hell||Colin Hassard joins us again to discuss Graham Norton's bow on the show as the relentless Father Noel Furlong. Father LARRY DUFF! He's tremendous fun, I'll give him a call. And Dougal's spatial awareness causes concern ("These cows are very small...") I||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 - Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest||It's the last episode of Series 1 of ...Ted so we were buzzing! Unfortunately, so was the audio (sorry about that). Jack has briefly exited this mortal coil, which means Ted and Dougal have to attend to his wake. Mrs Doyle is tickled pink by all the||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 - And God Created Women||Actors Glenn Hamill and Christian Jackson discuss Ted's desires as he tries to woo superstar author Polly Clark. Mrs Doyle turns the air blue, and Dougal is even more confused by all the women around. Nuns! Nuns! Reverse Reverse! We also ask why people||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 - Competition Time||The classic Henry Sellers ("I MADE THE BBC") episode, Competition Time. Hopefully you'll laugh as much as the largely overshadowed character, Barty Dunne; we get the first appearance of Dick Byrne; how many times Mrs Doyle says 'Ah, go on!' (it's hard t||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 - The Passion of St Tibulus||Voiceover artist Derm McGuigan joins us to protest The Passion of St Tibulus in our rundown of this classic episode. Careful now! Bishop Brennan is introduced and details the reasons why the priests are on the island - let us never speak of The Blackroc||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 - Entertaining Father Stone||Colin Hassard, Belfast's premier performance poet, joins us to host the dripping bore that is Father Stone as Ted makes a deadly deal with God. Wouldn't it have been better if he had been killed? Dougal has a very limited scope when it comes to wish||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1 - Good Luck Father Ted||In the first episode of Ecumenical Matters we escort Jack and Dougal to Funland, where the rides are deadly, Mrs Doyle offers her first cup of tea so we can start the 'Ah Go On' count, and Ted ditches the lot of them to hit stardom on Faith of Our Fathe||13 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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This podcast is a welcome tribute to one of the best sitcoms ever written - the host (and guests) are infintely knowledgable on their subject, and being Irish, often provide snippets of insight that have been missed by viewers in England. Well worth a listen!
A great podcast that really delves into the history of the show. Great guests and really funny.
Just discovered this and have binged listened to the first 4 episodes. Great stuff, the presenters are natural and likeable, keep it up!