Father Ted, one of the UK’s most popular sitcoms set in Ireland, is set to return as a musical.
Graham Linehan, the show’s creator, made the announcement on Twitter. He revealed that he and Arthur Matthews, his writing partner on the show, have been working on the musical entitled Pope Ted - The Father Ted musical.
Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy, who performed the show’s theme song, has was written the music for the musical.
Casting for the musical is to be determined, reports the Irish Independent.
‘Pope Ted—The Father Ted Musical’ written by Arthur Mathews and myself, music by Neil Hannon, is almost written. I just thought you’d like to know. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!— Graham YES Linehan (@Glinner) June 2, 2018
Father Ted followed the misadventures of three priests and their housekeeper on Craggy Island, a a remote island off the coast of Ireland. Dermot Morgan starred as Father Ted, Frank Kelly as Father Jack, Ardal O’Hanlon as Father Dougal, and Pauline McLynn as the housekeeper Mrs Doyle.
Dermot Morgan passed away after filming the final episode of the show, while Frank Kelly died in 2016.
After Linehan made the announcement about the musical, many fans thought he was joking.
"This is not a drill!," Linehan posted on Twitter.
"This is true and not one of my stupid jokes, I promise. Didn’t want to do something until the right idea came along.
"This was the right idea. Arthur and I have been laughing our arses off while writing it. Just like the old days,” he said.
"It’s the real final episode of Father Ted.”