By Alex Doyle
Father Ted may still have some life in it as one of its co-creators has recently said he’s thought about doing a full musical of the classic sitcom.
Graham Linehan has said he could revive the sitcom on stage as musical adaption but it would have to be something substantial, like Ted becoming the Pope.
Speaking to The Sunday Business Post, he said: “I think if you look at something like the South Park boys and the Book of Mormon, that’s pretty hardcore and I think there is an argument you could make a Ted musical where you really go for the jugular and you get all the things people loved about it, all the innocence and all the sweetness, but introduce a harder edge.
He added: “Because it’s such a special event, it would have to be about something that’s kind of world-shaking. It would have to be about Ted becoming Pope, or some weird succession thing that means Ted’s next in line. It would have to be substantial and big.”
Linehan, who co-wrote Father Ted with Arthur Matthews, says when he thinks of a musical for the show there is one seen which springs to mind: “The only thing that’s stuck in my head is a dance sequence in the Vatican with spinning cardinals. I can see that quite clearly.”
Sadly Dermot Morgan – who played Father Ted – suffered a heart attack and died a day after recording the final episode of series three.