Belfast-based Father Ted Podcast Wants to Hear Fans' Favourite Episode

I am the host of Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast which has been releasing episodes on a weekly basis since May and we are coming up to the end of our run. As part of our wrap up episode, we are have compiled a list of ten of our favourite episode and are polling fans of the show to tell us theirs. Just head to and pick your favourite (no login required!).

Ecumenical Matters is hosted by writer and actor (and Father Dougal impersonator!) James McAnespy, with different guests from some of Belfast's best artists and musicians discussing each episode of the show. The podcast has been recorded mostly in James' central Belfast flat, but he has also recorded episodes in London, the Edinburgh Festival and a live recording at Culture Night.

Guests have included street artist Friz and her husband, Gerry Norman, lead singer of A Plastic Rose, performance poet and musician Colin Hassard, Comedy duo Victoria E Armstrong and David Doherty-Jebb, as well a host of other performers and writers from Belfast and beyond.

The podcast dove right into a controversy, by responding directly to Graham Linehan's distaste of tribute shows, which presenter James is an active practitioner of. During the episode covering the seminal episode Speed 3, James played a clip from Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, releases a day before recording and responded to the creator's complaints.

Each week we break down episodes and try to give better context for viewers - especially viewers who wouldn't be familiar with the Irish & Catholic aspects of the show. A particular example is our detailing of Bishop Brennan's first appearance, and how it was directly inspired by the scandal of the real life Bishop of Galway who had a son in America, or we provide more context for Dougal's night wear, the Ireland football jersey and why it would have been important to him in the mid 1990s. Regular features include a running count of Mrs Doyle's 'Ah Go Ons', a 'Meet your Maker' where we spot appearances of writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews in the show and we are trying to pick out a definitive top 5 over the course of the podcast.

The entire collection of the podcasts are available through Soundcloud (, iTunes, or your favourite podcast provider.