Father Ted legends Ardal O’Hanlon and Pauline McLynn have spoken about reuniting after 25 years to star together in a new Sky comedy.
The stars, who played Father Dougal Maguire and housekeeper Mrs Doyle in the classic 1990s Irish comedy, play a husband and wife in the series ‘Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything’.
Their characters are the parents of Rosie Molloy, played by Sheridan Smith, a troubled woman who is addicted to everything and decides to regain control of her life by giving up everything.
It is the first time they have acted together for a quarter of a century – with McLynn revealing that she laughed for five minutes when she heard who her co-star was going to be.
She said: “The producers were like, ‘are you not curious as to who is playing your husband?’
“So, I said well obviously I am. They said it’s Ardal O’Hanlon.
“According to the producer I just laughed for about five minutes and I said ‘that’s a good laugh’. I’ve no idea why it’s taken 25 years.
“I don’t know. I guess we were just off doing other things. Or else Ardal has a court order that I don’t know about.”
O’Hanlon was equally tickled to find out who he was going to be working with.
He said: “Ah it was brilliant. I got a call only about a week before we started first saying ‘you know who your wife is in this?
“I think we make a very convincing old couple, given our history together and knowing our shorthand together.”
The pair starred together for 25 episodes of Father Ted from 1995-98 and became household names. McLynn won a British comedy award for ‘Top TV Comedy Actress’ for her performance.
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