Friday 26 May 2017

could dermot have beaten Fr ted?

John Boland

Dermot Morgan: Fearless Funnyman (RTÉ One) was David Heffernan's fond but not sycophantic profile of the late and much-missed comic.

I wondered, though, about the frequently voiced assertion by colleagues and friends that his early death had prevented him from going on to do even greater things than he'd already achieved.

Is it not possible that Father Ted Crilly might have been insurpassable?

Here, after all, was one of the great comic creations on television, comparable with Arthur Lowe's Captain Mainwaring, John Cleese's Basil Fawlty and Rowan Atkinson's Edmund Blackadder. How do you beat that?

Irish Independent

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