The original writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews are attached to the project.
Well, this is exciting. The comedy that defined a generation, and one of the most quoted TV shows ever, is to be rebooted as a musical stage production under the direction of its original creators.
The original Channel 4 programme ran from and 1995 until 1998 and starred Dermot Morgan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Frank Kelly and Pauline McLynn. There were also cameos from young comedians like Graham Norton, Jason Byrne and Joe Rooney. And who could forget Tommy Tiernan listening to Radiohead at the back of the bus?
Graham Linehan confirmed the musical news on his very active Twitter page-
‘Pope Ted—The Father Ted Musical’ written by Arthur Mathews and myself, music by Neil Hannon, is almost written. I just thought you’d like to know. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
— Graham YES Linehan (@Glinner) June 2, 2018
‘Pope Ted—The Father Ted Musical’ written by Arthur Mathews and myself, music by Neil Hannon, is almost written. I just thought you’d like to know. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!’ he tweeted. 'It's the real final episode of Father Ted,' he added.
Neil Hannon is of course the lead singer of The Divine Comedy and penned the original Father Ted theme tune ‘Songs of Love’.
Details of the new production are sketchy but we don’t envy the actors who may have to fill Dermot Morgan and Frank Kelly’s shoes.
If you think you’re a Father Ted fan, why not try out our Father Ted quiz here. Go on, go on, go on. Sorry.
Via: Glinner on Twitter