The BEST episodes written by Graham Linehan

Are You Right There, Father Ted?
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8.62
433 votes

#1 - Are You Right There, Father Ted?

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 1

Ted finally escapes to a new posting at Castlelawn Parochial House, Dublin, with civilised company and frequent jaunts to Paris. Unfortunately a slight misunderstanding over some expenses sends Ted back to his old compadres on the island. After a spot of lad's housecleaning results in Ted being mistakenly tarred as a racist, Ted holds a celebration of Chinese culture to clear his name (though 'Kung Fu Fighting' might not have been an inspired choice of soundtrack). Just when it looks like a happy ending might be in store, a mix-up over some soft furnishings and Nazi memorabilia leaves the Chinese community with a sweet'n'sour taste in the mouth.

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Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse
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8.55
260 votes

#2 - Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 6

A lost bet with Dick Byrne means Ted has to kick Bishop Brennan up the arse. On cue, Len arrives with PA Father Jessup, the world's most sarcastic priest. Elaborate preparations, a camera, a skirting board, a set of watercolours and some psychological warfare on Ted's part ensure a successful outcome... or do they?

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New Jack City
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8.46
407 votes

#3 - New Jack City

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 9

After discovering Father Jack is suffering yet again(!) from "hairy hand syndrome," Ted is delighted to send Jack, by "doctor's orders," to St. Clabberts Old Folks Home (otherwise known as 'Jurassic Park'). Unfortunately, Jack's replacement happens to be one of the nastiest priests ever - Father Fintan Stack. Along with his disregard for the church, Stack has a rather irritating habit of playing jungle music loudly at 3 o'clock in the morning, and a plan is hatched to get Jack back to sort out Stack.

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Tentacles of Doom
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8.38
556 votes

#4 - Tentacles of Doom

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 3

The Holy Stone of Clonrichert is to be upgraded to a class 2 relic, and unfortunately this entails three Bishops visiting the island - Father Jack must be housetrained quickly. Only one of the bishops dies - Ted therefore considers this to have been a relatively successful visit.

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The Plague
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8.37
546 votes

#5 - The Plague

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 6

Rabbit-phobic Bishop Brennan pays a visit to investigate reports of Father Jack sleepwalking naked. Unfortunately Dougal has overrun the house with rabbits, and a Terry & June-style farce ensues as Ted and Dougal attempt to keep Father Jack in bed, and the ever-multiplying rabbits away from the bishop.

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Speed 3
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8.34
484 votes

#6 - Speed 3

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 3

Ted and Dougal turn detective to discover who's behind the bumper crop of hairy babies on Craggy Island. However when justice is done on the culprit he takes a terrible revenge. Dougal's moonlighting stint as island milkman is marred by a bomb set to go off if the milk float drops below 4 mph. Does 'The Poseidon Adventure' hold the key to his rescue, or would Father Jack's pet brick come in more useful?

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Episode 4
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8.34
106 votes

#7 - Episode 4

Big Train - Season 1 - Episode 4

The difficulties of being a police sketch artist are uncovered and there is an alternative interpretation of the famous film 'Matter of Life'. Adolf Hitler is in an unusually jovial frame of mind and the World Stare-Out Championships continue with Nanak versus Duran.

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The Mainland
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8.30
398 votes

#8 - The Mainland

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 4

A perfectly routine trip to the mainland results in Dougal almost dying from malnutrition, Mrs Doyle being chucked in the clink, Ted nearly being beaten up by Victor Meldrew, and Father Jack joining Alcoholics Anonymous. A chance encounter with old friends Noel Furlong and the St. Luke's Youth Group in some spooky caves spells spelaeological trouble for our heroes.

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Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest
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8.30
548 votes

#9 - Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest

Father Ted - Season 1 - Episode 6

After an overdose of floor polish, Father Jack finally bites the dust, and Ted and Dougal discover they've been left a fortune in his will...providing they allay his fear of being buried alive by spending a night with him in the crypt.

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Going to America
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8.29
375 votes

#10 - Going to America

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 8

Ted performs a genuinely unselfish act, and is rewarded with the offer of a parish in California - his wildest dreams come true. However, parting from his long-time companions at the Parochial House proves tricky. Unless Ted can break the news of his departure tactfully to Dougal, Jack and Mrs Doyle, he won't be going to America...

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The Work Outing
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8.26
4672 votes

#11 - The Work Outing

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 1

Dashing Philip drops in from the sixth floor to ask Jen to the theatre, but a possible date turns into a work outing when Moss and Roy also get invites. The evening predictably spirals towards disaster, leaving Jen to wonder whether Philip is who he claims to be.

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A Song for Europe
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8.23
371 votes

#12 - A Song for Europe

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 5

Fathers Ted and Dougal enter A Song For Europe with My Lovely Horse. The tune is stolen from the b-side of a Norwegian song that didn't even win A Song For Norway but the lyrics are all their own work. Somehow they get through to Eurovision and score.... nil points.

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The Speech
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8.23
3776 votes

#13 - The Speech

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 4

Jen makes enemies of Roy and Moss after trying to assert herself more after being named as Employee of the Month. Douglas discovers that the woman who he loves is not quite as she seems.

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Flight into Terror
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8.18
399 votes

#14 - Flight into Terror

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 10

Ted and co. end up being crammed in a plane along with every other priest who has appeared in their lives after a visit to the Shrine of Kinlettle. In a fit of the usual stupidity, Dougal manages to empty the fuel tanks on the plane. To make matters worse, there are only two parachutes to go around many more priests, so Ted devises a way for the priests to compete for the parachutes. Unfortunately, Jack has other plans for the parachutes.

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Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading
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8.18
416 votes

#15 - Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 8

Ted and co. enter a giving-things-up-for-Lent contest and soon discover that abstinence is easier preached than done. Father Jack sobers up for the first time in years, but Dougal and Ted find their resolve wavering. To strengthen their vows Ted calls in a nun to supervise them. She turns out to be a sadist of the first water, and the results are inevitable.

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Night of the Nearly Dead
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8.17
278 votes

#16 - Night of the Nearly Dead

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 7

Jumper-wearing pop sensation Eoin McLove comes to visit. Unfortunately his presence leads hundreds of infatuated middle-aged ladies to surround the house, and the usual hilarious mix-ups ensue. But McLove's easy-going stage persona masks a terrible secret..

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Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep
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8.14
347 votes

#17 - Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 2

Ted gets mixed up in a web of intrigue and double-cross when he bets the Parochial House heating budget on Chris, the burping sheep. The lads bring Chris to stay at the house in an attempt to improve his chances at 'King of the Sheep 98', but can Ted quell his burping in time for the great day?

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Cooking the Books
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8.07
1878 votes

#18 - Cooking the Books

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 1

Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving him ill prepared to fill out his own tax return. In fact Bernard would rather do anything than fill it out.

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Grapes of Wrath
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8.04
1482 votes

#19 - Grapes of Wrath

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 3

Bernard and Manny accept a house-sitting job to get away from their new cleaner. They also drink some wine.

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Entertaining Father Stone
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8.03
610 votes

#20 - Entertaining Father Stone

Father Ted - Season 1 - Episode 2

The world's most boring priest comes to stay, and he just won't go away. After his worst ever birthday party, Father Ted prays for deliverance from Father Stone, but a sign from God wasn't what he expected.

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Episode 6
star
8.02
56 votes

#21 - Episode 6

The Fast Show - Season 2 - Episode 6

BBC introduces Monkfish the chauvinistic cop, Piles Soylent appears on Jazz Club with his band The Jazz Mess, Thats Amazing presenter shows off a magical pen, The Posh Cockneys asks for directions.

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Escape from Victory
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8.01
301 votes

#22 - Escape from Victory

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 5

It's the All-Priests Over-75s Five-A-Side Football challenge, and disaster looms when Ted's star player is nobbled by a bottle of Dreamy-Sleepy Nighty Snoozy-Snooze. Fortunately a pair of fake rubber arms and a remote-controlled wheelchair put our lads in with a chance of beating Dick Byrne this year. As long as they can fool the referee...

The Blackout
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8.00
1478 votes

#23 - The Blackout

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 4

A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman.

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The Dinner Party
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7.97
3879 votes

#24 - The Dinner Party

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 4

Jen has found love, and is giving a dinner party with her new boyfriend to six of their single friends. But when the three male invitees drop out at the last moment, Jen is forced to call upon Moss, Roy and Richmond.

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Episode 2
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7.96
54 votes

#25 - Episode 2

The Fast Show - Season 3 - Episode 2

An actor takes six hours in makeup, Colin Hunt tries to fix the photocopier, Monkfish goes undercover, Johnny Nice Painter has a panic attack, Indecisive Dave talks about the England Squad, Roger Nouveau attends a football match, Competitive Dad watches his sons on stage.

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Hell
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7.95
485 votes

#26 - Hell

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 1

Ted, Dougal and Jack go on an all-expenses-spared holiday to Kilkelly Caravan Park. They meet a young couple, and are soon in trouble with the police. Entertainment comes in the shape of St Kevin's Stump and the Magic Road. Father Jack goes missing; Father Noel Furlong and his youth group turn up to put the final nail in the coffin of the holiday.

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The Final Countdown
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7.95
4778 votes

#27 - The Final Countdown

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 2

Moss becomes a celebrity after he beats all the records on a popular puzzle show. Roy is mistaken for a window cleaner. Jen finds herself pre-occupied with Douglas' secret meetings.

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Friendface
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7.95
3745 votes

#28 - Friendface

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 5

The boys are introduced to a social networking website by Jen.

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Episode 7
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7.95
56 votes

#29 - Episode 7

The Fast Show - Season 2 - Episode 7

Professor Denzil Dexter steals a skull from another labratory, Bob Fleming tries out some cough medicine, Indecisive Dave talks about his holidays, Arthur Atkinson swears in front of his audience, Competitive Dad plays Monopoly, Chris the Crafty Cockney looks after a woman's bag.

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Think Fast, Father Ted
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7.94
532 votes

#30 - Think Fast, Father Ted

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 2

The roof of the Parochial House is leaking, and Ted decides on a raffle to raise the funds, with a car as the prize. Unfortunately, an accident with a cyclist puts something of a dent in the vehicle. A similar car is borrowed from the Dancing Priest in order to save the raffle; however, the priests must then win in order to return the car. Despite this intrigue, the roof does not get repaired.

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Episode 8
star
7.94
50 votes

#31 - Episode 8

The Fast Show - Season 3 - Episode 8

The Off-Roaders go White Water Rafting, Colin Hunt goes to a restaurant, Ted and Ralph attend Mrs Ted's funeral service, Chanel 9 presents a childrens program, Dave Angel Eco Warrior explores Naturism.

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And God Created Woman
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7.91
551 votes

#32 - And God Created Woman

Father Ted - Season 1 - Episode 5

A blossoming romance between Father Ted and steamy novelist Polly Clarke threatens to come between a group of visiting nuns and their favourite priest. Among other things, Ted delivers an entire service in a matter of milliseconds, and becomes involved in an armed robbery.

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Episode 5
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7.91
56 votes

#33 - Episode 5

The Fast Show - Season 2 - Episode 5

Unlucky Alf finds a girlfriend, Renee and Roy talks about flying, Carl Hooper talks about animal freaks, The Tweed Man buys a pair of trousers.

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Safari Park
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7.91
11 votes

#34 - Safari Park

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 7

Michael finds himself with a whole new family on a birthday outing, but Arthur's money-saving schemes cause chaos.

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Aunt Irma Visits
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7.90
3991 votes

#35 - Aunt Irma Visits

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 6

Jen explains to Roy and Moss that her "Aunt Irma" is visiting. When they don't understand, she explains that she has very powerful mood swings around a certain time every month, which leads to Roy and Moss displaying the same symptoms. Project Iccarus is finished and all of the teams assemble before Denholm as he thanks everyone even remotely associated with the project - except for the IT Crowd. To retaliate in being left out of the the "thank you's," the IT Crowd decide to sabotage the celebration party only to find themselves enjoying in the festivities and to the bizarre conclusion the morning after. Will everyone be able to work together again?

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The Passion of Saint Tibulus
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7.89
713 votes

#36 - The Passion of Saint Tibulus

Father Ted - Season 1 - Episode 3

The local cinema is showing a film condemned by the Church for its X-rated and blasphemous depiction of Saint Tibulus. Bishop Brennan is dispatched to the island to ensure that the priests take to the picket line in protest. But their defiant stand only gives more publicity to the film, which becomes an overnight success. It is left to Father Jack to stop the Bishop from sending them packing.

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Episode 4
star
7.89
79 votes

#37 - Episode 4

The Fast Show - Season 3 - Episode 4

The Ghoul gives a tip on a football match, The Off-Roaders are living in the wild, Dave Angel The Eco Warrior talks about global warming, Ron Manager talks about baldness, A Rambler asks for directions, Thats Amazing discusses Robots, Arthur Atkinson appears in a seventies sex comedy.

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Untrue Detective
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7.88
17 votes

#38 - Untrue Detective

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 3

A knock on the head results in Arthur joining the police force as a high-ranking detective. It's up to Michael and the gang from the cafe to bring him back to reality.

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Episode 3
star
7.88
50 votes

#39 - Episode 3

The Fast Show - Season 3 - Episode 3

The Squeamish Zoo keeper is feeding the penguins, Chris the Crafty Cockney is talking to a newspaper seller, The Suit You Tailors show a new boy the ropes, The Deaf Stuntman throws himself off a roof, The Off-Roaders go Potholing, Competitive Dad tries weightlifting.

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Are We Not Men?
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7.88
3735 votes

#40 - Are We Not Men?

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 2

Roy and Moss become involved on a new football website. Jen dates a man who resembles a magician.

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Bad Boys
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7.88
4751 votes

#41 - Bad Boys

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 5

Roy and Moss opt to try a new lifestyle which they soon realize was probably a bad idea when they dodge work.

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Manny's First Day
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7.86
1647 votes

#42 - Manny's First Day

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 2

After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded to hire him in the shop. Unfortunately he actually sells some books, much to Bernard’s annoyance.

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Italian for Beginners
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7.86
4772 votes

#43 - Italian for Beginners

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 4

Roy gets obsessed by his latest girlfriend's sad family history, while Jen tells an absolute whopper to get some attention.

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Episode 3
star
7.85
104 votes

#44 - Episode 3

The Fast Show - Season 1 - Episode 3

Ron Manager talks about Soccer, The Off-Roaders get stuck, Ralph finds Ted fishing, A Chorus Girl surprises everyone with her singing, Unlucky Alf tries to catch a bus, Tommy Cockles talks about the late comedian Arthur Atkinson, Prof Denzil Dexter builds a time machine, Mime from the Isle of Man by Jack Pott and Tom Bowler.

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The Three Wishes
star
7.85
13 votes

#45 - The Three Wishes

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 5

Arthur attempts to build bridges with a surprising figure from his past.

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Competition Time
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7.84
564 votes

#46 - Competition Time

Father Ted - Season 1 - Episode 4

It's the 'All Priests Stars In Their Eyes Lookalike Competition', and showbusiness personality Henry Sellers, a former alcoholic, has landed on the island to host the festivities. Father Ted is determined not to go as Mother Teresa again, but he isn't the only one to think of Elvis. It takes some quick thinking to beat Father Byrne's team from nearby Rugged Island.

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Rock A Hula Ted
star
7.82
458 votes

#47 - Rock A Hula Ted

Father Ted - Season 2 - Episode 7

Ted is asked to compere the 'Lovely Girls' competition while Dougal is left in charge of the house. Father Jack is mistaken for Bob Geldof and Dougal manages to give the house away to a feminist rock star called Niamh Connolly. Ted has to get the house back, but how will this affect his dinner plans with the winner of the 'Lovely Girls' competition?

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Good Luck, Father Ted
star
7.81
929 votes

#48 - Good Luck, Father Ted

Father Ted - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ted gets his chance to be on television when he is to be interviewed by a magazine programme. 'FunLand', the most pathetic travelling fair ever invented, has come to Craggy Island, and while Ted is distracted with Father Jack, Dougal seizes his moment of glory.

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Episode 5
star
7.81
77 votes

#49 - Episode 5

The Fast Show - Season 3 - Episode 5

Chris the Crafty Cockney is feeling depressed, The Deaf Stuntman rides his bike into the docks, Competitive Dad plays Tennis, Chanel 9 has its annual awards, Old Archie talks about religion, A posh man goes to buy a suit from the Suit You Tailors.

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Tramps Like Us
star
7.80
3707 votes

#50 - Tramps Like Us

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 3

When a sexual harrassment case ends wrongly - Roy turns to the streets, Moss gets a bump on the head, and Jen is looking for something new to do.

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