Talking Ted

Talking Ted

Joe Rooney (Fr. Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) each appeared on one episode of much-loved TV show Father Ted and yet, over 25 years later, they are recognised today for those fondly-remembered characters more than anything else. It’s safe to say, the place of Father Ted in Irish cultural history is assured! Each episode of the HeadStuff original podcast Talking Ted is an exploration of the series with a glimpse behind the scenes as contributors from the show share their memories, stories and insights into what made Father Ted the iconic sitcom it has become. Special guests include Ardal O'Hanlon, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Arthur Matthews, and the actors who played many of the loveable characters such as Sister Asumpta, Mary from John and Mary, Fr. Stone, Bishop Brennan, Todd Unctious, Fr. Dick Byrne, and many more. For any sponsorship inquiries contact


May 20, 2022 48 mins
In the final episode of the first season of Talking Ted, Joe and Patrick are joined by Ardal O’Hanlon to share memories of Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack. Joe, Patrick, and Ardal discuss working with Frank, who was an acting hero to each of them, and how Frank could not have been more different to his character. The episode also features a 2015 interview with Frank from Joe’s podcast Podarooney, where Frank discusses becoming ...
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In episode five of Talking Ted, Joe and Patrick chat with Rose Henderson, who played fan-favorite Sister Assumpta. They discuss Father Ted’s illicit crush on novelist Polly Clarke, played by Gemma Craven, and recall their experiences filming with a live audience. Rose talks about her Father Ted audition, helpful stunt person Bronco, and outside of the Ted-verse, working with Irish legend Daniel O'Donnell.   Talking Ted is part of t...
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April 22, 2022 40 mins
Joe and Patrick are joined by Paul Woodfull, who played Father Harry Coyle, or “Ziggy Stardust” in episode four of Father Ted, “Competition Time.” Joe, Patrick, and Paul discuss the birth of the character of Father Ted, Dougal’s storyline in Arthur’s original sketches, and Paul’s time in the U2 parody band, The Joshua Trio.  Talking Ted is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. If you want bonus episodes, early access to tickets ...
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April 8, 2022 40 mins
In this episode of Talking Ted, Joe and Patrick are joined by Jon Kenny (cinema owner, Michael Cocheese) to talk about episode three of Father Ted. Joe, Patrick, and Jon discuss the plot in the context of Catholic Church censorship in ‘80s and ‘90s Ireland. Jon shares a story about a local priest with a penchant for painting blue evening gowns on cinema posters, and Joe and Patrick talk about the lasting impact of Ted and Dougal’s ...
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March 25, 2022 40 mins
Episode two of Talking Ted features guest Michael Redmond (Father Stone). Michael shares his first impression of the series and his experiences on set. Joe, Patrick, and Michael discuss how they are similar to their characters, Father Ted stunts, and the Father Stone's in all of our lives.  And no, Michael has no idea where that drawing is… Talking Ted is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. To support the show and for bonus con...
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March 11, 2022 42 mins
In the first episode of the brand new series, Talking Ted, Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) chat about the very first episode of Father Ted, their own life-changing roles, and some bizarre aspects of Irish life at the time. Featuring interviews with Ardal O'Hanlon and Pat Shortt, who reveal how they first got cast and tell some fascinating stories from their time on the show. Talking Ted is part of the ...
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March 2, 2022 3 mins
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