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Father Ted: The Complete Scripts Paperback – 20 Oct 2000


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; New edition edition (20 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752272357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752272351
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since they were banished to a remote island off the coast of Ireland because of mysterious clerical misdeeds, Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett and their housekeeper Mrs Doyle have been entertaining countless Channel 4 viewers. While Ted dreams of a more high-class parish, Dougal attempts to grasp complex theological issues between games of Cluedo, Jack shouts 'Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!' with little or no provocation and Mrs Doyle does her best to give Irish friendliness and hospitality a bad name. Father Ted: The Complete Scripts is, uniquely, a collection of late, but not final drafts - jokes, characters and scenes that didn't make it into the series are here, along with an introduction to each episode by the authors, which explains how the insane plotlines arose. So whether you're a fan of the show, or simply interested in how a comedy programme makes the final leap from page to screen, this book is all you'll need.

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Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews met while working as film critic and art director respectively at Hot Press magazine in Dublin and started writing together shortly afterwards. As well as their work on Father Ted, the writers' credits include: The All New Alexei Sayle Show, Paris, The Day Today, Brass Eye and Coogan's Run. Father Ted has won numerous comedy awards including two BAFTAs, one in 1995 and the other in 1999.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a paperback re-print of last year's "Complete Scripts," and is every bit as brilliant. Every ted fan should have this book on their shelves, if only for the commentary on each episode by writers Arther Matthews and Grahan Lineham. Very overlooked, yet very brilliant. it is worth noting that these scripts arent the final versions that went out to air, but an earlier draft showing more hilarious moments that were never meant to be seen on air. A classic book to complement a classic series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2009
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I love "Father Ted", and always watch it whenever it is on TV, own all the DVDs and spin-offs, and am also one of those tiresome types who can quote big chunks of the dialogue. I also enjoy reading scripts and screenplays, so when I heard this book was being released I just had to get it.

Inside you'll find the script for every episode from each of the three series', plus the Christmas special, all of which are introduced by writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, where they reveal their thoughts on the episode, plus give some nice titbits of information about sources of inspiration - such as the three bad guys in "Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep" were named after three films set in wide open spaces (Fargo, Hud and Giant). Best of all, the scripts collected in the book aren't the final shooting versions but are all earlier drafts, so you'll find scenes and lines which were omitted from the shows, plus you'll discover which bits were added at the eleventh hour - such as the "these are small, but the ones outside are far away" line. Throughout each script there are also footnotes by Linehan and Mathews explaining some aspects, such as why some parts were excised from the final versions.

This is a great read for fans of the show, or those who want a masterclass in comedy writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
Nice to see a script book actually written by the people responsible for the series. At least twice in every episode I laughed out loud. This book contains scenes, lines and jokes cut from the actual series as well as notes from Linehan and Matthews about why they were written, characters etc. Bit to look out for: Ted trying to teach Jack to say "yes" and "that would be an ecumenial matter". The only reason this book doesn`t get 5 stars from me is that you always know what is going to happen when you watch the programme.
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By matthew churchill on 5 Jun 2014
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This is cool, I have read through this about three or four times so far. I quite like the introduction to each episode, there is sone true honesty in them. Also there are parts not included in the series's so have a good look at this.
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I really enjoy reading script books and own quite a lot of them and in many ways this is one of the best packages I have seen. Generally when you buy a script book it is either the shooting script (and so may be different from what you actually see on screen) or a transcription of the final version as seen. This is a bit more interesting. It is an earlier version of the script with annotations by the writers explaining how it is different to what was on screen and in some cases why. This is a great idea and gives you much more of an insight into the making of the show.
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This is a definite must have for any fan of Father Ted! It's completed with deleted scenes and has a great introduction to each episode by the writers at the beginning of that episodes script.

It's such a special thing too own, its a perfect gift for any Ted fanatic or just as a little treat for yourself!

May Dermot rest in peace. xx
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I really enjoyed reading this not only because the series was brilliant but I loved the writers introductions to each episode, explaining where the ideas came from, the development and changes of the script itself.
Have you chuckling all day.
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What I like about this book is the authors' comments. It's not just a series of scripts but includes notes from the writers about why they did or did not do certain things with the dialogue. Even if you didn't like Father Ted, you'll get a great insight into the process of writing a successful comedy series.
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