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Life at Cragggy Island

THREE PRIESTS ON AN ISLAND. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A RECIPE FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMEDY SHOW? IT WAS A BIG HIT ON IRISH AND BRITISH TV, AND ITS NAME WAS FATHER TED. THE SITCOM WAS CREATED BY WRITERS GRAHAM LINEHAN AND ARTHUR MATTHEWS IN 1995.

A look at the comedy Father Ted.

There are four main characters on Father Ted. Ted, the title character, appears to be a normal priest, but there’s something not quite right about him. Because of problems with a church charity account, Father Ted is exiled to Craggy Island. Ted lives there with Father Dougal, a young and very childish priest. There is also Father Jack, a vulgar, liquor-loving priest. The priests are joined by Mrs Doyle, an elderly and loyal housekeeper obsessed with making tea. They all live together on Craggy Island, a secluded and boring island off the west coast of Ireland.

There are many funny episodes of Father Ted, and they often involve the priests of Rugged Island. Rugged Island is close to Craggy Island. Rugged Island is led by Father Dick Byrne. But, Ted and Dick are each other’s nemesis, so the two groups are often at odds. In one episode, there is a competition to be Ireland’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. During the episode, both sets of priests are up against each other. Ted and Dougal enter the contest with the song My Lovely Horse, an obscure b-side that they think no one knows. Ted and Dougal eventually realise the song is better-known than they thought. In the end, they win the chance to compete for Ireland.

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The latest issue of Hot English (173 – the October issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 reallyuseful phrasal verbs, 6 expressions for talking about parties, 12 sightseeing words and expressions, 10 useful phrases for making small talk, 12 useful words for the restaurant, 8 “table” idioms, 8 phrasal verbs for talking about relationships... plus: • Psychology – dogs and kids. • Celebrities – names with meaning. • Travel – famous train stations. • Grammar – confusing words. • Phone – leaving a message. • Film scripts – the Godfather. • Holidays – Thanksgiving. • Spelling – “i” before “e”. • TV – Father Ted. • History – stand-still moments. • Cinema – types of film. • Music – misheard lyrics. • Language – a “newbie”. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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