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28 Apr 2017

Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast review: Part 2

I called the first part of this look back a review. In hindsight, I probably should have called it a retrospective, but hopefully review has more SEO benefits!

I find it a bit odd that I haven't actually had much negative feedback about the podcast,
Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast with 5 Star reviews on iTunes
constructive or other wise. It's currently sitting on a healthy five full stars on iTunes (the holy grail of podcast hosting - incidentally I've recently switched to Android and no podcast app holds a candle to the simple user-friendly efficiency of the iPhone's default app. Why is there so many options, Podcast Addict?), and comments on the Facebook page have been overwhelmingly supportive.

26 Mar 2017

Playboy of the Western World, a play for the 21st century.

UPDATE 𝕺n May 10-12 I'll be performing in J.M. Synge's Playboy of the Western World. The play is considered one of the great works of Irish literature (a very coveted field - it would be no exaggeration to say that Irish literature is possibly the most prolific in the world), and caused riots upon its premier in the Abbey Theatre in 1907, led by one of the founders of Sinn Fein, Arthur Griffiths.

7 Mar 2017

Ecumenical Matters: Bonus X-over episode with Media MD

In the last few weeks, since I finished the wrap up episode of Ecumenical Matters, I have been doing a crossover episode with MediaMD, and Australian podcast. They have just put the episode up online, and I did a quick intro for them on my side. 

23 Feb 2017

Ecumenical Matters podcast review: Part 1

James McAnespy hosts Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted podcast
The podcast cover art I designed in Canva -
probably doesn't have Ted in it enough to be
eye-catching in a podcast library
At the start of the month I released the wrap up episode for Ecumenical Matters, The Father Ted podcast. It was the end of about six months work to definitively review every episode of Father Ted. In case you don't know,

13 Dec 2016

Ecumenical Matters: Episode 25 - A Christmassy Ted

IT'S CHRISTMAS! So naturally it's Golden Cleric time on Craggy Island! Dirty Words members Colin Hassard and Ashley Manners get trapped with Ted and Dougal in the Largest Lingerie Department in Ireland. Mrs Doyle gets a new, mechanical nemesis and Jack prepares for his own awards. 

Ash (left) was getting some good drinking done for Chrstmas the night before.
Colin is channeling his inner Liam Gallagher!
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Check out Dirty Words on Youtube - this is the track we sampled on the podcast.

17 Oct 2016

Episode 24 - Going To America

Writers and producers Muireann McGinty and Dee Harvey dream big in the final ever episode of Father Ted! [sniff]

After talking Tommy Tiernan off a ledge at a priest's convention Ted is seduced by visions of a glamourous life in America, but can he really leave Craggy Island and it's inhabitants behind? The episode takes a reflective tone towards the end, and we discuss Kevin Spacey's relative anonymity in 1998, the draw of magic America and Radiohead: depressing or not?


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13 Oct 2016

Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast Very Small Edition

Here's a bite-size video version of the Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast on YouTube. Subscribe to the channel for more!

9 Oct 2016

Episode 23 - Night of the Nearly Dead

Kiel Cathers, lead singer of folk rock behemoths The Logues wards off the huddled masses of Eoin McLove fans in this hilarious send up of Daniel O’Donnell. Mrs Doyle is besotted when she wins a competition to have her beloved TV host Eoin McLove visit her, but she's not the only one on the island who wants to meet him. Dougal thinks he's very cheeky, Ted doesn't approve of his poetry tastes and Jack waxes lyrical on the nature of fandom. 
Kiel Cathers (The Logues) and James McAnespy on Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast
Kiel Cathers (The Logues) on Ecumenical Matters - The Father Ted Podcast

We also talk about treacherous male bonding games such as Eyeball Chicken and Killerball, fainting Michael Jackson fans and false rumours about Pope John Paul II.


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2 Oct 2016

Episode 22 (LIVE!) - Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse




LIVE EPISODE! We broadcast live from the Fenderesky Gallery on Belfast's North Street during Culture Night Belfast 2016 in front of an adorning audience and streamed to Facebook Live. All with the obligatory Craggy Island production values!

After losing the bet to Dick Byrne in the Over 75s Football Challenge in the last episode, Ted has to kick Bishop Brennan up the arse to satisfy his forfeit. Dougal is on hand to document the kicking with photographic evidence, while Jack and Mrs Doyle have their own way of dealing with the world's most sarcastic priest.

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25 Sep 2016

Episode 21 - Escape From Victory




Another Road Show! This time to Mexico. Well south of the (Ireland/UK) border in Letterkenny. 


Ted is embroiled in a high stakes bet with his hated rival Dick Byrne in the Annual All-Priests 5-a-Side Over 75 Indoor Football Challenge Match. Dougal's on a career break from being physio, in order to protect the corner flags. Jack downs a full bottle of Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze (banned in most European countries, so you know it's good), while Mrs Doyle rounds up a firm of fellow football converts for the terraces.

We also discuss Amazon's toilet roll delivery service, lying in a confessional and there's a host of expertise offered by self-proclaimed Bikram Yoga Expert, Sean Treanor.

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18 Sep 2016

Episode 20 - The Mainland

I don't believe it! Twenty episodes, so celebrate with actor Glenn Hamill and Vince! The Islanders take a day trip to the Mainland, despite Mrs Doyle's misgivings. Ted and Dougal meet Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave, but learn very quickly that you should never meet your heroes. A hasty exit sends them to a sojourn into the Very Dark Caves, where they run into Noel Furlong. Mrs Doyle argues over a cheque and Jack's eyesight deceives him. 

We discuss the etiquette of Irish fighting, what made Bruce Willis a miserable scrote and we have a very deep (and controversial) discussion about the nature of offensive humour


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11 Sep 2016

Episode 19 - Speed 3

PAT MUSTARD! Comedians Victoria E Armstrong and David Doherty-Jebb commandeer a milk float in this seminal episode. Randy milkman Pat Mustard has been getting Mrs Doyle all hot and bothered, and Ted doesn't like it. He organises a sting operation and the fallout has Dougal in charge of the milk run. Unfortunately, Pat has left a little surprise on it if Dougal's speed goes below 4 mph and Jack adopts a new pet brick that comes in useful later on.


Victoria E Armstrong and David Doherty-Jebb with James McAnespy on Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast
Victoria E Armstrong and David Doherty-Jebb on Ecumeenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast
We were recording in Alan's Causeway Cafe, Belfast
We also talk about Francophones misunderstanding Touts Out graffiti in Belfast, the virtues and follies of Mrs Brown's Boys (The Greatest British sitcom of the 21st Century according to Radio Times readers), ageing ferrets and I officially respond to Graham Linehan's comments on Father Ted tribute shows.


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4 Sep 2016

Episode 18 - Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep

Actor, writer and improv artist Michael Keane is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, cowering from the menace of the Beast in this terrifying mystery episode. Ted's got in over his head, betting the entire heating allowance on Chris winning the King of the Sheep 1998, but Chris artistic temperament has been put askew by the howling of the beast. Everything is a bit askew as Mrs Doyle finally gets to use the sheep tea, Dougal takes up shoplifting and Jack temporarily feels the serenity of a leap year.

We also delve into running the numbers at weddings, extreme artistic temperament, Yeats quotes and Tropical Birds in South East London. Fuckin' 'ell.


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28 Aug 2016

Episode 17 - Are You Right There, Father Ted

Belfast Comedy Writers Johnny Nicholl and Jonathan McCoy watch Ted insult a sixth of the world's population when he tries to impersonate a Chinese person. Dougal helps him come up with an idea, but he didn't realise there were a lot of small ideas after. Mrs Doyle uses a novel form of chiropractic after she falls off the roof and Jack develops agoraphobia. 

We also fill in the cultural and historical gaps between seasons two and three, discuss the racism in Breakfast at Tiffanys, the Nazi marketing machine, how the Irish kids TV show The Den delayed the news EVERY DAY, and how hard it is to find black clothes (the regular shops shaft us every time!). 

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21 Aug 2016

Episode 16 - Flight Into Terror

Gerry Norman of rock band A Plastic Rose and his wife, street artist Friz (Marian Noone), board a flight with us where everything goes wrong - what is it with rock stars and planes?

Ted's fear of flying is justified after Dougal is given access to the cockpit and dooms the plane that they are on. Along with all the other priests on board, Ted must devise a way to distribute the two parachutes on board. Jack devises his own way, along with the drinks cart!

We also talk about maverick pilots and their handbrake turns, people's fake smiles, the influence of The Simpsons on the series and honeymoons to the Father Ted house! You're making a noise!


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14 Aug 2016

Episode 15 - New Jack City

Lifelong Ted fan, Sean Treanor hosts the nightmarish Father Fintan Stack and his 3am jungle music, but at least he had his fun, and that's all matters. 

Jack's hairy hands has him stationed up in 'Jurassic Park', so Ted and Dougal have to entertain their new cereal-stealing housemate and Mrs Doyle manages to get her message above the din. We also talk about sports days, hairy hands, Blaxploitation cinema and Dougal getting drunk!


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7 Aug 2016

Episode 14 - Cigarettes and Alcohol and Rollerblading

Lifelong Ted fan Eamonn Turbett joins in the giving things up competition, or sorry, the sacrifice to Our Lord (Arnold, who's Arnold?). After Father Dick Byrne lays down the challenge, Ted volunteers himself Dougal and Jack to give up their vices, while Mrs Doyle has a good miserable time on St Patrick's Hill. 

Also in the sermon, we discuss the scourge of airhorns from the 90s, Opus Dei and their pain-is-the-cleanser ethos, and Pulp Fiction gimps.


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31 Jul 2016

Episode 13 - Rick a Hula Ted

Actress Lindsey Mitchell and prodigal son Vince (they all have lovely bottoms) are on the judging panel for The Lovely Girls. Ted's has the honour of picking the winner, who will have the honour of paying for dinner for him. Dougal has to house sit but fiery feminist rock star Niamh Connolly is in the property market. Jack takes up charity fraud, while Mrs Doyle shows her competency with power tools. 

Todd Unctious has been up to no good again, and we discuss amateur stress testers, Sinead O'Connor and Delores O'Riordan's impact on the musical and cultural landscape, and Vince's on-stage escapades where he leaves his drum kit mid-set! Shoddy workmanship. Shoddy, shoddy workmanship. 


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24 Jul 2016

Ecumenical Matters: Episode 12 - The Plague

DJ and musician Graham Harrison has to cure The Plague befalling Craggy Island, as the whole place is coming down with rabbits and Ted and Dougal desperately search for a ways to get rid of them - on the eve of Bishop Brennan's impromptu visit! Mrs Doyle puts her mechanic skills to use on Len's car, while Jack confuses his rodents. 

Also in the Sermon, we try to imagine the Islanders as characters on Police Academy, rabbit stories - cute AND creepy, which fictional serial killer Tom is most like and did Father Ted invent a horror trope? It's just a bad dream, Your Grace.


Graham Harrison and James McAnespy, with Al Pacino in the background.
He knew how to "take care" of things!

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17 Jul 2016

Episode 11 - A Song For Europe

Composer and musician Marty Devine serenades us through Craggy Island's melodious tribute to Eurovision. Ted and Dougal go through some creative differences, but emerge with the classic My Lovely Horse (well, the lyrics at least). Jack's drinks cabinet has got a very expensive new addition and Mrs Doyle's brutally honest critiques would do well on the Judges panel of X Factor.
James McAnespy and Marty Devine recording Ecumenical Matters The Father Ted Podcast
We speak about the lasting impact of having a gay couple on TV not doing anything gay, try to translate Fred Rickwood's gibberish, contemplate World War 4: Celebrity Superfans and LSD Communion.

Dick Byrne is at his conniving best, and we pay tribute to Caroline Ahearne, who had died earlier on the day we were recording. Marty takes us through some of his songwriting process (Don't play the f**king first note - the f**king first note is already f**king down!)



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