Father Ted (1995–1998)

The Mainland 

On a visit to the mainland, Mrs. Doyle and Father Jack get arrested while Ted and Dougal get lost in a cave.


Andy De Emmony

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Morgan ... Father Ted Crilly
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Father Dougal McGuire
Frank Kelly ... Father Jack Hackett
Pauline McLynn ... Mrs. Doyle
Richard Wilson ... Himself
Graham Norton ... Father Noel Furlong
Doreen Keogh ... Mrs. Dineen
Mary Ann O'Donoghue Mary Ann O'Donoghue ... Optician
John Henderson John Henderson ... Tour Guide
Stephen Gallagher Stephen Gallagher ... Tony Lynch
Tom Farrelly Tom Farrelly ... Gerry Fields
Yvonne Shanley Yvonne Shanley ... Janine Reilly
Sharon Carroll Sharon Carroll ... Nuala Ryan
Richard Buss Richard Buss ... AA Chairman
Conor Lovett ... Ronald


On a trip to the mainland to collect £200 winnings Ted gets punched by actor Richard Wilson and visits local caves with Dougal, where they encounter Father Noel Furlong, whose screeching contest causes a rockfall from which Dougal and Ted manage to escape. Meanwhile Jack, minus his new glasses, causes trouble at an AA meeting and Mrs Doyle gets into a fight with her friend Mrs Dineen over who should pay for their tea. With all three arrested Ted has to part with his £200 to set them free but worse is to come for Richard Wilson when he finds himself outside Ted's house on Craggy island. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On one of the eye charts it says Drink several times gradually getting smaller. See more »


Under no circumstances would a board like the ones found in this episode be found in an opticians. A optician's board always starts with one letter on the top, then the number of letters in each line increases as they get smaller. The whole point of the boards is to test one's vision. In real life, Jack would have failed the test and been forced to redo the test with the same board until he got it right. See more »


Tour Guide: This particular cave was formed more than 15 million years ago.
Father Ted Crilly: Wow. I don't believe it.
[the man in front of Ted turns around, it's the actor Richard Wilson from 'One Foot in the Grave']
Richard Wilson: You again!
[he grabs Ted and pulls his jacket over his head]
Richard Wilson: I never want to see you again! Bastard!
[Ted and Dougal run away]
Tour Guide: That path's not open to the...! Oh, Mr. Wilson, could I just say how sorry I am...
Richard Wilson: No, that's alright, that's alright. As long as I don't have to hear that bloody catchphrase again.
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References The English Patient (1996) See more »


Bohemian Rhapsody
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Graham Norton
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