Father Ted creator reveals the musical ‘Pope Ted’ is nearly finished

Father Ted co-creator Arthur Matthews has said that the first draft script for the highly anticipated, Pope Ted, has been written.

Speaking to Today FM’s Mario Rosenstock on Mario’s Sunday Roast, Matthews confirmed that the musical is closer to becoming a reality, adding that “most of the music is done”.

Ever since the news was announced back in June that a Father Ted musical was on the way, fans have been speculating on when it will hit theatres.

When asked if he was excited for the upcoming musical, Matthews told Mario: “Yeah of course, it should be good. I like musicals. I loved doing ‘I, Keano’”

Asked about the long-running rumour that RTÉ rejected first scripts for Father Ted, Matthews quashed the myth once and for all by saying: “We didn’t take it to RTÉ, just for the reason that they didn’t make much comedy and we were in London at the time.”

Matthews said that the idea for turning ‘Father Ted’ into a sitcom came from Geoffrey Perkins of Hat Trick Productions, and that the first script was originally a one-off mockumentary.

Safe to say, we can’t wait to see if this project will live up to hype or not.

More on this topic

The two shows that changed TV forever

EastEnders fans mourn Dr Legg after his ‘beautiful’ and topical death

This week's Ray D'Arcy line-up is serving laughs, scares and style

Stacey Dooley: My boyfriend wasn’t jealous of Kevin Clifton

More in this Section

Boy, six, bought roses for every female in his town for Valentine’s Day

UK’s largest collection of witches’ marks discovered in caves

Snow sport enthusiasts test ski slope above incineration plant in Denmark

This Meath singer is singing about KFC and AliExpress and people are loving it


Outside the box: A tale of two Calais and suffering beyond reason

Opening Lines: I feel sorry for the dogs. Even they have a sense of shame about having to poo in public

New TV show highlights lack of cycle lanes in Ireland in comparison to rest of Europe

Online Lives: Creator of popular health and lifestyle blog Sarah Dwan

More From The Irish Examiner