Showing posts with label Father Ted. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Father Ted. Show all posts

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 http://www.strawpoll.me/11565587/ 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 (https://soundcloud.com/jamesimcanespy/sets/ecumenical-matters-the-father), iTunes, or your favourite podcast provider.

Episode 24.5 - YOUR favourite Father Ted Episode



Just a quick trailer to let you know that we are currently holding a vote (in case you didn't have enough of those this year!) to find our listeners' FAVOURITE Father Ted episode, from our Top 5 Contenders. Head over to http://www.strawpoll.me/11565587/ to cast your vote (no need to sign up or anything!) If you feel we've overlooked an episode, tell us on http://Facebook.com/EcumenicalMatters - there's already some great comments up there! Also, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast device so you don't miss A Christmassy Ted (around 1st week of December), and the wrap-up episode where we reveal ours and your Top 5 episodes in January. Oh, and leave us a rating and review on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ecumencial-matters-father/id1116660897?mt=2) to get more people to hear us!

Episode 24 - Going To America



Writers and producers Muireann McGinty and Dee Harvey dream big in the final ever episode of Father Ted! [sniff] After talking Tommy Tiernan off a ledge at a priest's convention Ted is seduced by visions of a glamourous life in America, but can he really leave Craggy Island and it's inhabitants behind? The episode takes a reflective tone towards the end, and we discuss Kevin Spacey's relative anonymity in 1998, the draw of magic America and Radiohead: depressing or not? Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 23 - Night of the Nearly Dead



Kiel Cathers, lead singer of folk rock behemoths The Logues wards off the huddled masses of Eoin McLove fans in this hilarious send up of Daniel O’Donnell. Mrs Doyle is besotted when she wins a competition to have her beloved TV host Eoin McLove visit her, but she's not the only one on the island who wants to meet him. Dougal thinks he's very cheeky, Ted doesn't approve of his poetry tastes and Jack waxes lyrical on the nature of fandom. We also talk about treacherous male bonding games such as Eyeball Chicken and Killerball, fainting Michael Jackson fans and false rumours about Pope John Paul II.

Episode 22 (LIVE!) - Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse



LIVE EPISODE! We broadcast live from the Fenderesky Gallery on Belfast's North Street during Culture Night Belfast 2016 in front of an adorning audience and streamed to Facebook Live. All with the obligatory Craggy Island production values! After losing the bet to Dick Byrne in the Over 75s Football Challenge in the last episode, Ted has to kick Bishop Brennan up the arse to satisfy his forfeit. Dougal is on hand to document the kicking with photographic evidence, while Jack and Mrs Doyle have their own way of dealing with the world's most sarcastic priest. Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 21 - Escape From Victory



Another Road Show! This time to Mexico. Well south of the (Ireland/UK) border in Letterkenny. Ted is embroiled in a high stakes bet with his hated rival Dick Byrne in the Annual All-Priests 5-a-Side Over 75 Indoor Football Challenge Match. Dougal's on a career break from being physio, in order to protect the corner flags. Jack downs a full bottle of Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze (banned in most European countries, so you know it's good), while Mrs Doyle rounds up a firm of fellow football converts for the terraces. We also discuss Amazon's toilet roll delivery service, lying in a confessional and there's a host of expertise offered by self-proclaimed Bikram Yoga Expert, Sean Treanor. Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 20 - The Mainland



I don't believe it! Twenty episodes, so celebrate with actor Glenn Hamill and Vince! The Islanders take a day trip to the Mainland, despite Mrs Doyle's misgivings. Ted and Dougal meet Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave, but learn very quickly that you should never meet your heroes. A hasty exit sends them to a sojourn into the Very Dark Caves, where they run into Noel Furlong. Mrs Doyle argues over a cheque and Jack's eyesight deceives him. We discuss the etiquette of Irish fighting, what made Bruce Willis a miserable scrote and we have a very deep (and controversial) discussion about the nature of offensive humour Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 19 - Speed 3



PAT MUSTARD! Comedians Victoria E Armstrong and David Doherty-Jebb commandeer a milk float in this seminal episode. Randy milkman Pat Mustard has been getting Mrs Doyle all hot and bothered, and Ted doesn't like it. He organises a sting operation and the fallout has Dougal in charge of the milk run. Unfortunately, Pat has left a little surprise on it if Dougal's speed goes below 4 mph. Jack adopts a new pet brick that comes in useful later on. We also talk about Francophones misunderstanding Touts Out graffiti in Belfast, the virtues and follies of Mrs Brown's Boys (The Greatest British sitcom of the 21st Century according to Radio Times readers), ageing ferrets and officially respond to Graham Linehan's comments on Father Ted tribute shows. Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 17 - Are You Right There, Father Ted



Belfast Comedy Writers Johnny Nicholl and Jonathan McCoy watch Ted insult a sixth of the world's population when he tries to impersonate a Chinese person. Dougal helps him come up with an idea, but he didn't realise there were a lot of small ideas after. Mrs Doyle uses a novel form of chiropractic after she falls off the roof and Jack develops agoraphobia. 

 We also fill in the cultural and historical gaps between seasons two and three, discuss the racism in Breakfast at Tiffanys, the Nazi marketing machine, how the Irish kids TV show The Den delayed the news EVERY DAY, and how hard it is to find black clothes (the regular shops shaft us every time!). 

Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 16 - Flight Into Terror



Gerry Norman of rock band A Plastic Rose and his wife, street artist Friz (Marian Noone), board a flight with us where everything goes wrong - what is it with rock stars and planes? Ted's fear of flying is justified after Dougal is given access to the cockpit and dooms the plane that they are on. Along with all the other priests on board, Ted must devise a way to distribute the two parachutes on board. Jack devises his own way, along with the drinks cart!

We also talk about maverick pilots and their handbrake turns, people's fake smiles, the influence of The Simpsons on the series and honeymoons to the Father Ted house! You're making a noise! Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 15 - New Jack City



Lifelong Ted fan, Sean Treanor hosts the nightmarish Father Fintan Stack and his 3am jungle music, but at least he had his fun, and that's all matters. Jack's hairy hands has him stationed up in 'Jurassic Park', so Ted and Dougal have to entertain their new cereal-stealing housemate and Mrs Doyle manages to get her message above the din. We also talk about sports days, hairy hands, Blaxploitation cinema and Dougal getting drunk!

Episode 14 - Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading



Lifelong Ted fan Eamonn Turbett joins in the giving things up competition, or sorry, the sacrifice to Our Lord (Arnold, who's Arnold?). After Father Dick Byrne lays down the challenge, Ted volunteers himself Dougal and Jack to give up their vices, while Mrs Doyle has a good miserable time on St Patrick's Hill. 

Also in the sermon, we discuss the scourge of airhorns from the 90s, Opus Dei and their pain-is-the-cleanser ethos, and Pulp Fiction gimps.

Episode 13 - Rick a Hula Ted



Actress Lindsey Mitchell and prodigal son Vince (they all have lovely bottoms) are on the judging panel for The Lovely Girls. Ted's has the honour of picking the winner, who will have the honour of paying for dinner for him. Dougal has to house sit but fiery feminist rock star Niamh Connolly is in the property market. Jack takes up charity fraud, while Mrs Doyle shows her competency with power tools. 

Todd Unctious has been up to no good again, and we discuss amateur stress testers, Sinead O'Connor and Delores O'Riordan's impact on the musical and cultural landscape, and Vince's on-stage escapades where he leaves his drum kit mid-set! Shoddy workmanship. Shoddy, shoddy workmanship. 

Subscribe now to get a new episode every Sunday morning - just in time for Mass! Subscribe on iTunes (http://ift.tt/2aphoNk) or search for Father Ted on your favourite podcast provider and leave a comment on our Facebook page http://ift.tt/2a1ZUCW.

Episode 12 - The Plague



DJ and musician Graham Harrison has to cure The Plague befalling Craggy Island, as the whole place is coming down with rabbits and Ted and Dougal desperately search for a ways to get rid of them - on the eve of Bishop Brennan's impromptu visit! Mrs Doyle puts her mechanic skills to use on Len's car, while Jack confuses his rodents. 

Also in the Sermon, we try to imagine the Islanders as characters on Police Academy, rabbit stories - cute AND creepy, which fictional serial killer Tom is most like and did Father Ted invent a horror trope? It's just a bad dream, Your Grace.

Episode 11 - A Song For Europe



Composer and musician Marty Devine serenades us through Craggy Island's melodious tribute to Eurovision. Ted and Dougal go through some creative differences, but emerge with the classic My Lovely Horse (well, the lyrics at least). Jack's drinks cabinet has got a very expensive new addition and Mrs Doyle's brutally honest critiques would do well on the Judges panel of X Factor.

Dick Byrne is at his conniving best, and we pay tribute to Caroline Ahearne, who had died earlier on the day we were recording. Marty takes us through some of his songwriting process (Don't Play the f**king first note - the f**king first note is already f**king down!) We speak about the lasting impact of having a gay couple on TV not doing anything gay, try to translate Fred Rickwood's gibberish, contemplate World War 4 - celebrity superfans and LSD Communion.

Ecumenical Matters the Father Ted Podcast. Episode 10 - The Old Grey Whistle Theft



Donny Kingston, up and coming stand up on Belfast's comedy circuit, helps unravel the mystery of the stolen whistle and stave off complete societal breakdown on Craggy Island. It's just a whistle! 

Dougal's finds a cool new friend in Father Damo, and gets to show off his football tekkers. Ted tries to relax on a picnic site, but unfortunately he runs in to a couple of fupping baxters. Mrs Doyle is on night duty and Jack displays his ninja skills with a couple of bottles of Jacob's Creek Chardonnay 1991.

There's another score in our Meet Your Maker feature, so who is that shows up, Graham or Arthur? Larry Duff actually answers his phone! It's not good news though. The Blur/Oasis rivalry gets a sermon (remember Feile 95? What a line up!), as does Street Fighter 2; bad piercings and Belfast's murals and checkpoints.

Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast

Father Ted is one of the most iconic shows in Irish TV history, or as James McAnespy put it while hosting the latest episode of Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast, it is now an artefact of Irish culture.

In the weekly podcast, released every Sunday (just in time for Mass), James gathers a new guest or two from Northern Ireland's rich arts scene to do a full run down of each episode of the legendary show. Previous guests have been poet Colin Hassard (find his work here), games streamer Vincent Kettle (@flimosh on Beam.pro), vlogger Derm McGuigan (Youtube channel), improv artist Marcus Keeley (@MarcusKeeley) and many more.

There are nine episodes available, with more to follow each week, so check out the full set on SoundCloud, or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, PodcastAddict or your favourite podcast platform.





In Episode 9 - Tentacles of Doom, London Comedy Writers members Olly Allsop (Soundcloud and Jordan Birch (@JordanBirch  attend the upgrading of the Holy Stone of Clonrickert to a Class 2 Relic. Hosting three bishops on the island is going to be the highlight of Mrs Doyle's career, but unfortunately she's lost her contact lenses. Dougal philosophises on the nature of Heaven and Hell and all that, while Ted has to bring Jack through a few elocution lessons ("Th-th-th-that...").
We also share our own Gary Lineker Ghost Stories, the mechanics of Buckaroo (The Sport of Kings), and Dougal's Bjork obsession. It's a Priest thing, you wouldn't understand.