Bosses at Channel 4 have decided that they will go ahead with a controversial Christmas Episode of Father Ted (to be screened in late July).
The actor Dermot Morgan, who played Father Ted in three series, sadly passed away in 1998 after finishing filming the third and final series.
"It had always been our intention to create Christmas Specials," said show's producer Chris Tonabike. "However, the tragic passing of Dermot put paid to any chance of that. Or so we thought."
With advances in computer generated imagery over the past fifteen years have meant that a dead actor is no bar to stopping filming.
"We have sufficient images of Dermot as Father Ted to recreate a completely virtual Father Ted that integrates seamlessly into the action. In addition, the Christmas Special will be called the Beatification of Ted, after his miracle of walking through a wall."
The show quite often used the misunderstanding of Dougal (played by Ardal O'Hanlon) and Ted as a basis for the episode's plot. And this will be no different.
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The episode will start with the discussion of the ridiculous miracles that have seen saints beatified in the past, with the virtual Ted claiming he can walk through a wall. He proceeds to go through the door, at which point Dougal is suitably impressed and tells the bishop. The remainder of the special will see Ted avoiding walking through walls, until right at the end when the virtual nature of the character allows them to have Ted appear in the living room next to the Bishop having passed through the wall.
"We're really looking forward to filming," said Ardal O'Hanlon, who in reality is nothing like his character. "It'll be good seeing Dermot again, I've been wondering what happened to him. Somebody told me he was dead. Ha, this will show them."
Frank Kelly, who plays Father Jack, and in reality is exactly like his fictional character, was also looking forward to the filming. "Fecking Arse," he said.