Saturday 23 September 2017

Move over Mrs Doyle, Father Jack's brewing up a tea 'toon

Frank Kelly
Frank Kelly
Frank Kelly
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

STILL busy at 75, Frank Kelly insists retirement would kill him. The 'Father Ted' star (he played Father Jack) returns to our screens this summer in a five-part animated series, 'Tea with the Dead', for TG4.

It will air in May and sees Kelly back on TV screens in a full series for the first time since his year-long stint on ITV's 'Emmerdale', in which he played Dermot Macey.

Created, designed, written and directed by Wiggleywoo productions, 'Tea with the Dead' features a Connemara-based cartoon Kelly in conversation with the deceased.

"I love doing voiceovers and the artwork in this is terrific, it catches the eye and it's very clever," he said.

With a role in a short film and a part in a forthcoming production of John B Keane's 'Moll' at the Gaiety Theatre also keeping him busy, Kelly told the Irish Independent that as long as he's given a chance to flex his artistic muscles, he's happy.

"The idea of not working would kill me. If there was no work there for me, I'd write my own work. What is retirement but doing nothing? As long as I can be creative and engage with people, I'll be happy.

"I swim all year round and I've been very athletic throughout my life, so I don't see the point in letting my mind and body turn to mush," he said.

Irish Independent

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