The third and final series of Father Ted consists of 8 fantastic episodes. While possibly not quite as great as the second series, the series still bows out on a high note, as Father Ted himself (Dermot Morgan) died right after the season was shot - a poignant montage of highlights from all three series marks the end of the last episode, a fitting way to make his legacy.
None of this should overshadow 8 brilliant half hours that range from farcical to surreal. The running "phone" jokes from the second series are largely absent, but a bunch of old characters re-appear. Perhaps the best episode is Speed 3, where Dougal must keep a milk float above 4 mph or be blown to pieces ("The Poseidon Adventure - there was a priest in that!").
The second DVD includes the 1996 Christmas special, an hour-long episode that is equally hilarious -although at times one does get the feeling that the writers are knowingly stretching some jokes to fill time (a la the Simpsons), for example at the start when Ted opens the door to find a baby that has been left there by mistake and then the mother comes an picks it up "Oh can you imagine us looking after a baby? I'm sure there'd be all kinds of hilarious mistakes and funny incidents".
Classic, Postmodern, Ironic, Surreal and iconoclastic - long may Father Ted live on in our hearts and minds...