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Series 1
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No. of episodes 6
Original run 21 April 1995 - 26 May 1995
DVD release 20 August 2001
Series chronology
Series 2

Series 1 of Father Ted aired on Channel 4 in the UK from 21 April to 26 May 1995. It consisted of six episodes.


Series co-creator Arthur Mathews was originally intended to play Ted but decided he lacked the acting ability the role required.  He ended up having a minor role as a party guest in the second episode.

Maurice O'Donoghue, who would play Dick Byrne in the series, was their second choice for the role of Ted, being the right age and having a similar look and lightness.

Mathews always preferred Dermot Morgan. Linehan was initially reluctant, fearing he would play Ted the same as "Father Trendy" a character he played on the RTÉ television show The Live Mike, but Morgan lobbied hard for the role and was cast.


Main Cast


Number Title Airdate
1 Good Luck, Father Ted April 21, 1995
2 Entertaining Father Stone April 28, 1995
3 The Passion of Saint Tibulus May 5, 1995
4 Competition Time May 12, 1995
5 And God Created Woman May 19, 1995
6 Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest May 26, 1995