All eight episodes from the third series of the clerical comedy. In 'Are You Right There, Father Ted' Ted's transfer from Craggy Island does not last as long as he'd hoped for, and upon his return he finds that a few changes have taken place. 'Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep' sees Ted uncovering a foul conspiracy at the Annual Sheep Competition. 'Speed 3' has Dougal's life placed at risk by vengeful playboy milkman Pat Mustard. In 'The Mainland' Mrs Doyle and Father Jack show Ted up on a trip to the mainland. 'Escape from Victory' sees the old rivalry between Ted and Father Dick Byrne revived when Craggy Island take on Rugged Island in the All-Priests Over-75's Five-a-Side Football Challenge Match. 'Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse' has Ted try to gather the courage to carry out a terrifying dare. 'Night of the Nearly Dead' finds the parochial house under seige by zombified housekeepers when woolly-jumpered television heart-throb Eoin McLove comes to tea with Mrs Doyle. Finally, in 'Going to America', Ted sees a chance of escape from Craggy Island when he is offered a job in America. Sadly, star Dermot Morgan died shortly after filming of the series was completed, but the decision had already been made to end the show while it was at its peak.
is one of those rare sitcoms that defies categorisation--it owes as much to Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett as it does to Monty Python--and its blend of satire, character comedy and anarchic surrealism has made it a cult favourite around the world. Exiled to remote Craggy Island, Father Ted shares a house with the breathtakingly stupid Father Dougal Maguire and the constantly inebriated Father Jack, who has a small vocabulary and a taste for furniture polish. Their housekeeper, Mrs Doyle, takes care of them with a never-ending supply of tea and sandwiches: "Go on now, Father, won't you try one? They're diagonal." Together they fight boredom by dressing up as Elvis, startling ducks at the fair and provoking nuns. This set compiles the entire three-year series. --Simon Leake
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