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.

Wishing all our supporters all the Season's Greetings.

It's been a very eventful year at King's Fool, with our double-header C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael garnering five star reviews for it's run at the White Bear in April, and James working behind the scenes to graft new material for future productions.

Putting on a production at any time is always a risky venture and at a time when the economy is just emerging from the worst trough in living memory, there will always be challenges, so putting on two plays to a professional standard was an incredible achievement and one we'll always be proud of.

2015 holds such potential for us as we try to push into screen work, with James' as-yet-untitled Victorian bare-knuckle boxing film. As long as we can bring the same caliber of collaborator to this project as we have always done, we should have an incredible film at the end of it, but that's the work that needs to be done in the immediate term.

Don't forget to Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter for all the latest news and information on how you can get involved. Thank you for all your continued support, have a wonderful December, and we wish you all the best in 2015.