Will you have some Amiga cake Father? Ah go on…

…go on, go on, go on, go on, go on. Are you sure now, Father? There’s cocaine in it!

 Oh, no, not cocaine. God, what am I on about? No, what d’you call them. Raisins.

Father Dougal, the Amiga fan. Spot the A600 under that state of the art telly box. Ted, not so much.

 

Of all the games, in all the world…

 

Father Damien and Father Dougal put the Comp Pro and Zipstik through their paces.

 

In my day all we had to play with was a twig and an elastic band, and we were grateful for that. Kids today…

 

Snagged from series 2, episode 4: ‘Old Grey Whistle Theft

10 thoughts on “Will you have some Amiga cake Father? Ah go on…

  • January 25, 2017 at 7:05 am
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    As a Catholic, I love Father Ted. I've got the full box set on DVD, and never once have I noticed the 600 under there!

    FT has (probably had at this point) a huge following in the clergy as well. I remember hearing someone tell me they'd asked a priest if it was an accurate portrayal of priestly life outside the sanctuary. "No," he replied, "real life is much more outrageous." 🙂

  • January 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    Good to hear they're capable of not taking themselves too seriously. You don't have to delve too deeply into religion to find comedy gold… Monty Python demonstrated that. May as well go with the flow and embrace it. 😀

    It's one of my all time faves too… and it has aged so well. I don't know if you're familiar with an Irish talk show host called Graham Norton? Well he started out with a small role in this.

    There are so many magical scenes – one of the best for me has to be when Ted is explaining to Dougal why the cows far off in the distance seem to be smaller, yet are actually the same size as the ones that are much nearer. A lot of the best lines emerge from Dougal not being able to grasp the most trivial concepts.

    I've not heard what he's up to lately. Back then he was an author and stand up comedian. I'll have to Google him.

  • January 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    For a year he was in a Yorkshire based soap opera called Emmerdale that my dad watches. He pointed out Frank Kelly and said, "you know who that is, don't you?". I didn't have a clue and even when he told me I had to look closely and pause for a moment before the penny dropped. Total transformation!

    Sadly he died in February last year. RIP… Dermot Morgan too of course.

  • January 26, 2017 at 6:41 am
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    A motto for life eh Aaron ?

    For most of the UK Church on a Sunday has been replaced by roast dinner at a garden centre.

    I am told there was an Amiga in the background in the IT Crowd by the guys at the Computer Museum at Cambridge that provided the props – never spotted it but sure dreamkatcha can find it!

  • January 26, 2017 at 11:41 am
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    Cards on the table, I'm ex-CofE. I used do it all as a kid – go to Sunday school, attend midnight mass, and even opted to study RE at GCSE level. Then I drifted away, became an atheist and never looked back. If I go in a church today it's to admire the architecture or explore the history.

    I've never seen an Amiga on the IT Crowd either (another classic sitcom, and from the creator of Father Ted and Black Books). When Cambridge computer museum provided the props for the show they didn't mention any Amigas, but did send a Commodore PET and Commodore 64. That's the closest I've ever spotted.

    The show does have a few Amiga connections though – the characters in the intro were made with Deluxe Paint and there's a text adventure game included in the DVD extras where you can find an Amiga on Moss's desk.

    One day I'll watch the whole collection again from start to finish and keep my eyes peeled for anything relevant lurking in the background. You never know.

    There's an enormous garden centre in Warrington with a restaurant in it (www.bents.co.uk). No idea how common it is generally though.

  • January 26, 2017 at 11:55 am
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    Ah, so it is kind of the same then–a garden center (sorry, centre) in the UK is rather like a lawn-centered IKEA, with a restaurant in it?

  • January 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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    Erm… not necessarily. We tend to use the term to apply to all kinds of different setups – from the tiny independent outlets that purely sell plants and garden paraphernalia, to your garden centre areas of massive chains like the DIY retailer B&Q, to places like Bents, which is more like an enormous department store that also happens to have a garden department. IKEA is more like Bents than your typical garden centre though I don't think they have such a diverse range of stock.

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