Phrases forever associated with Craggy Island, the fictional home of three rebellious priests and their housekeeper, now adorn four stamps: “This is crazy, Ted,” “Would you like a cup of tea, Father?” ”,“ This money was just my story ”and“ It would be an ecumenical question ”.
The retro wallpaper in the background of each stamp corresponds to different rooms in the parish house where Father Ted, Father Dougal, Father Jack and Mrs. Doyle performed surreal scenes that went into the tradition of comedy.
“I don’t think until today he’s sank into what it’s huge, what an honor,” Pauline McLynn, who played Ms. Doyle, told The Guardian. “How many people do you know who can say ‘I’ve been on a stamp before’? ”
The writers, cast and crew never imagined that the series, which ran for three seasons from 1995 to 1998, would become so popular or enduring, the actor said.
“I often wonder about endurance. It’s incredibly silly and really funny. We did it 25 years ago and now kids still find it incredibly funny. You always hope that the things you are proud of will last the test of time.
Written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, Father Ted was directed by Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4. It has won several awards including Baftas and rivals Fawlty Towers and Seinfeld for funniest comedy in the polls.
In a survey commissioned by An Post, more than a third of respondents said they cited lines from the show on a weekly basis. Top rated episodes include Hell, Speed 3, Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Ass, and A Song For Europe.
Pandemic lockdowns and restrictions have increased appreciation for letters and postcards, McLynn said. “Oddly, this is the perfect time to launch the stamps.”
The actor experienced a Ted-esque moment Thursday when an RTÉ radio interviewer said the nation was eager to lick her up and put her on an envelope. She was also looking forward to him, she replied.
“I can’t believe he’s been there,” she said later. The stamps were self-adhesive, but McLynn wondered if An Post could issue some to lick. “Maybe collectibles.”