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WATCH: Arthur Mathews answered the nerdiest Father Ted questions readers could think of

Who was Henry Sellers based on? Will the US version ever happen?

WANT TO KNOW which reader’s question got this reaction from Father Ted co-creator Arthur Mathews?


We asked you to send us the nerdiest Ted questions you could think of, before Arthur dropped by’s offices for a chat this afternoon.

We got some really interesting ones too. Although several of you just wanted to know “where do you get the ideas for your sermons”?

Before we got to the fan questions (we had a few of our own too) we talked to the writer about the inspiration for ‘Ted’, how the idea progressed from its initial form – a mock-documentary – to a traditional studio sitcom set-up, and what he thought about how the comedy was received in Ireland…

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In case you’re on a bus (or wherever) and don’t have time to watch the full videos right now – here’s a sample of Arthur’s answers to some of our reader questions…

Whatever happened to the massive photo of Ted kicking Bishop Brennan up the arse?

It was probably too big to store anywhere so they probably just broke it up.

And that tiny (creepy) painting of Ted with Father Stone?

I think Ardal’s got it.

Oasis or Blur?


Is that mooted American re-make ever going to happen?

I’ve heard all kinds of rumours over the years. There was one that Steve Martin was going to be in one, but they never happen. I think religion is too delicate a topic in America.

Was there ever going to be a fourth series?

No I think we decided to stop after three…

Did Brendan O’Carroll play a nun?

No. (But he read for the part of Pat Mustard – the milkman. Arthur thinks he’s “a great performer”).

We also spoke about which well-known Irish TV personality inspired the character of Henry Sellers (Arthur’s not saying, sure Henry was a “terrible alcoholic”) and to tell us his favourite ever ‘Ted’ episode…


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Video by Nicky Ryan

Go on, go on, go on: Check out our Father Ted 20th anniversary magazine

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