Graham Linehan has taken to Twitter today to reveal to his followers that he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The 'Father Ted' writer said that he has already had the operation to remove a testicle and that he would soon begin chemotherapy.

Linehan, who has had a string of TV hits including 'Black Books', 'The IT Crowd', and most recently 'Motherland', broke the news in order to explain to fans why he cancelled a forthcoming event in Australia, as well as why he might be a bit quiet on social media over the next while.

He also updated fans on the much anticipated Father Ted musical:

50-year-old Linehan was soon inundated with messages of support and later took to Twitter to thank everyone.

Here's hoping he makes a speedy recovery.