Father Ted has a cult following in the farming community and it is no surprise as the series is interspersed with several classic ‘agricultural’ moments.

Here are Agriland’s top 5 Father Ted ‘agricultural’ moments:

1. Racist Ted

This classic scene from the first episode of the third series ‘Are You Right There Father Ted?’ is where Fr Ted is unfortunately labelled as a racist by the Craggy Island locals.

Agriland’s favourite scene features a confused farmer and some classic lines including:  “I hear you’re a racist now father”, “How did ya get interested in that type of thing?” and “should we all be racists now?”

“The farm takes up most of the day and at night I just like a cup of tea.”

“I mightn’t be able to devote myself full time to the old race-ism”


2.The entire ‘Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep’ episode

This the second episode of the third series and is unquestionably the most ‘agricultural’.

The episode centres around the King of the Sheep competition at which Ted bets the entire heating allowance budget for the year on the favourite for the competition ‘Chris’ the sheep. However all doesn’t go to plan and hilarity ensues.

Memorable quotes include: “I’ve put the entire annual heating allowance on him to win,” and “Sure if the rest of the year stays as warm as the summer – sure were laughing”.

It’s pinnacle moment though is when it’s time for the punishment to be doled out. “Should I call the police father?

“No he’s lost the trust of his sheep that’s punishment enough for a farmer, who deals primarily with sheep.” 


3. Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep (Dougal’s description of the Beast)

This scene is so legendary we in Agriland feel it desrves a moment of its own.

The scene features Dougal describing the notorious ‘Beast’ which is terrorising the sheep on Craggy Island.

Classic quotes include: “It has claws as big as cups” while he also describes it as having  four ears, two for listening and two are sort of back-up ears”.

The Beast is also believed to have “a retractable leg so it can leap up at you better” while it also has “magnets on its tail, so “if you’re made out of metal, it can attach itself to you.” Frightening for any sheep (or Dougal) we think!

4. Drama in the Tunnel of Goats

This classic scene comes from ‘Good Luck, Father Ted’ the first episode of Father Ted ever aired. It is a testament to the quality of the show that even during the credits roll, at the end of the episode, there are some classic lines:

“A child has been lodged in the tunnel of goats” while “a goat and a child have now become lodged together and the nurse has become involved in the incident and another nurse is now required to release the nurse we asked for previously.”


5. Small = Far away

‘Hell’ is the first episode of the second series of Farther Ted and features one of the best known scenes in television ever. There’s cows in it so it counts as ‘agricultural’ while being ridiculously funny as per usual in Father Ted.

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