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Father Ted

Father Ted

  • Original VHS releases
    Series 1, The Opening Chapters VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 1996):
    5 01438 065812 – Letterbox: PAL
    Series 1, The Closing Chapters VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 1996):
    5 01438 065591 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Second Sermon, Chapter 1 VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI):
    5 01438 065812 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Second Sermon, Chapter 2 VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI):
    5 01438 065829 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Final Revelations VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI):
    5 014138 068356 – Letterbox: PAL
  • American Boxsets
    Old Testament 3xVHS (USA) (Hat Trick / BFS Video):
    Letterbox: NTSC
    New Testament 3xVHS (USA) (Hat Trick / BFS Video):
    Letterbox: NTSC
    Final Testament 3xVHS (USA) (Hat Trick / BFS Video):
    Letterbox: NTSC
    Old Testament DVD (USA) (Hat Trick / BFS Video, 1999):
    9009865909092 – Letterbox: NTSC
    New Testament 2xDVD (USA) (Hat Trick / BFS Video, 1999):
    Letterbox: NTSC
    Final Testament 2xDVD (USA) (Hat Trick / BFS Video, 1999):
    066805 30145 2 / 066805 30144 5 – Letterbox: NTSC
  • French VHS
    Volume 1, VHS (France) (Canal Jimmy):
    Letterbox: SECAM
    Volume 2, VHS (France) (Canal Jimmy):
    Letterbox: SECAM
    Volume 3, VHS (France) (Canal Jimmy, 24/04/1998):
    Letterbox: SECAM
  • Complete series VHS
    The Complete 1st Series VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2001):
    5014138 068615 – Letterbox: PAL
    Series 2, Part 1 VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2001):
    Letterbox: PAL
    Series 2, Part 2 VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2001):
    Letterbox: PAL
    The Complete 3rd Series VHS (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2001):
    5014138 069001 – Letterbox: PAL
  • Complete series US VHS
    Volume 1 VHS (USA) (BBC Videos):
    0 66805 94900 5 – Letterbox: NTSC
    Volume 2 VHS (USA) (BBC Videos):
    7 90451 10153 2 – Letterbox: NTSC
    Volume 3 VHS (USA) (BBC Videos):
    Letterbox: NTSC
    Volume 4 VHS (USA) (BBC Videos):
    Letterbox: NTSC
  • Complete series DVD
    The Complete 1st Series DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2001):
    5 014138 068622 – Region 2 ; Letterbox: PAL
    Series 2, Part 1 DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2001):
    5 014138 068721 – Region 2 ; Letterbox: PAL
    Series 2, Part 2 DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2002):
    5 014138 069087 – Region 2 ; Letterbox: PAL
    The Complete 3rd Series DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2002):
    5 014138 068230 – Region 2 ; Letterbox: PAL
    Complete Series 4xDVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 2005):
    5014138069421 – Letterbox: PAL
  • Complete series US DVD
    The Complete Series 1 DVD (USA) (BBC Videos, 2000):
    794051 15642 0 – Region 1 ; Letterbox: NTSC
    The Complete Series 2 2xDVD (USA) (BBC Videos, 05/03/2002):
    7904051 15692 1 – Region 1 ; Letterbox: NTSC
    The Complete Series 3 DVD (USA) (BBC Videos, 2002):
    794051 17202 0 – Region 1 ; Letterbox: NTSC
    The Holy Trilogy 5xDVD (USA) (BBC Videos, 2004):
    794051 18782 6 – Letterbox: NTSC
  • Misc
    5 Hilarious Episodes VHS (Hat Trick / VCI, 12/11/1999):
    5014138 067809 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Very Best of Father Ted VHS (Hat Trick / VCI, 1998):
    5014138 067120 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Very Best of Father Ted DVD (Hat Trick / VCI, 18/11/2002):
    5014138 069407 – Letterbox: PAL
    A Christmassy Ted VHS (USA) (BBC Videos):
    7 94051 15703 4 – Letterbox: NTSC
    A Christmassy Ted DVD (19/10/2009):
    5014138 604837 ? – Letterbox: PAL
    A Christmassy Ted DVD (2012):
    6 867441 046394 – Letterbox: PAL
    A Christmassy Ted - Christmas Special DVD (The Sun):
    Letterbox: PAL
  • The Definive Collection
    The Definive Collection 5xDVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick / VCI, 29/10/2007):
    0883929003969 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Definive Collection 5xDVD (Australia) (ABC, 05/11/2009):
    9398710977196 – Letterbox: PAL
    The Definive Collection 5xDVD (USA) (BBC Videos, 05/11/2009):
    Letterbox: NTSC
    The Complete Boxset 5xDVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick, 12/11/2012):
    68744 10442 9 1 (C4DVD10442) – Letterbox: PAL
    Series 1 DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick, 2013):
    6867441044390 – Letterbox: PAL
    Series 2 DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick, 2013):
    6867441044499 – Letterbox: PAL
    Series 3 DVD (UK/Ireland) (Hat Trick, 2013):
    6867441045199 – Letterbox: PAL
 
Neil Hannon did most of the music for the three Father Ted series, written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews.

It was during a trip in Paris, Neil was contacted by Graham Linehan who was looking for someone to compose the music of his new sitcom. Actually, Graham has already asked a few other people (including Jarvis Cocker) who all turned down the offer [1], but Graham also showed a deep interested for Neil Hannon’s music and gave very good reviews of the albums in Select and Volume. Neil accepted the deal, and came up with a few ideas as he already started working on the album Casanova. One of them which was dropped was the original demo of ‘A Woman Of The World’; as the actual theme music that would become ‘Songs of Love’ was preferred by producer Geoffrey Perkins as it sounded more Irish and less ‘silly’ [3].
Neil Hannon recorded different arrangements of the theme music in a cheap studio (in order to save money for himself! [2]), and they feature various episodes of all the series. We haven’t listed all the theme music versions here (there’re about 25 variations including jingles, etc.), but the most notable versions are the extended version which closes the third series, and also a piano version featured in the first episode ‘Good Luck, Father Ted’.

For the second series, Neil was asked to write more specific songs. The most famous being in ‘A Song For Europe’, with ‘My Lovely Horse’ or ‘The Miracle is Mine’. Weirder, are two Kraftwerk inspired tunes which the I.T. Crowd’s music would remind us of.
Then, in the Christmas special episode, and the third series, new jingles were recorded. More pompous, they were probably done with the help of Joby Talbot.

Finally, in 2010 a documentary, ‘Small and For Away – The World Of Father Ted’ was produced. It features some of the theme music as well as complete version of a few songs. But also more recent music with some Divine Comedy or Duckworth Lewis Method instrumental songs, or new tunes which we don’t know if they were originally recorded for the series or were just part of Neil’s personal demo archives.

It has been rumoured that Neil’d done eventually a cameo appearance, in particular in scenes where the actor could not really be identified. But that’s actually not true at all. Neil stated that he never appeared on his own on the series, there’s just his name which is enumerated along with Keith Cullen and Ken Sweeney (of Brian) on the Christmas Special, to remind us that the authors were true Setanta Records’ fans.


The releases



The nineties saw many releases on VHS in the UK and in the US. They could be partial or complete series on one or many cassettes. The complete series were released on box sets entitled ‘Old Testament’, ‘New Testament’ and ‘Final Testament’.

In 2001-2002, the series was re-issued for the first time on DVD.
In the UK 4 DVD were issued:
  • The first series
  • The second series, part 1 + the Christmas special
  • The second series, part 2
  • The third series.
And a DVD with only the Christmas special was released.
The 3 DVD were also available within a complete collection box set.

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The UK DVD releases


Meanwhile, in the US, only 3 DVD were released, on for each series. A box set entitled ‘The Holy Trilogy’ was also released.

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The US DVD releases


Then, in 2007 the series were repackaged in the UK with a new box set entitled ‘The Definitive Collection’ with a new artwork.
Later in 2009, an Australian boxset was released, but with a similar artwork than the previous releases.

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New UK box set
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Australian box set



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And last but not least, in 2012 a new package was released again in UK entitled ‘The Complete Box Set’, with a new artwork again, but in the same style as in the previous box set.
That box set features additional bonus to the 2007 one, with new commentaries (recorded 2012) and interview with Graham Linehan & Arthur Mathews, as well as the ‘Small and Far Away – The World Of Father Ted’ documentary.
Individual DVDs were also released in 2013.


[1] Miriam Meets, RTÉ Radio 1, 14/02/2010
[2] MCM interview, 2001
[3] Graham Linehan & Arthur Mathews interview, Father Ted boxset, 2012