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We select our top seven Fr Ted episodes on the show's 20th birthday

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Happy birthday Ted, ye feckin’ eejit ye! Can you believe it’s 20 years since Fr Ted first aired on our screens.

Happy birthday Ted, ye feckin’ eejit ye! Can you believe it’s 20 years sincet Fr Ted first aired on our screens?

The series would, of course, go on to be known as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Many a time fans have sat around over a pint discussing their favourite moment or episode from the three series of the show, written by Irishmen Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews.

Have you got a favourite episode? Here’s a countdown of our’s, from seven to one.

7. OLD GREY WHISTLE THEFT

Ardal O’Hanlon’s brilliant portrayal of the bumbling, clueless Fr Dougal is highlighted in this episode more than any other. He befriends fellow teen-like priest, Fr Damo, and the two of them get up to all sorts of scrapes over a missing whistle.

6. A CHRISTMASSY TED

Ted, along with a half-dozen fellow priests, get lost in the lingerie section of a department store at Christmas time. They can’t seem to find their way out of the place and Ted must concoct a plan to find an exit strategy. His rescue attempt wins him the Golden Cleric award.

5. HELL

The priests head off on their holidays - but things don’t go to plan. They end up in a tiny caravan (which produces one the of the sitcom’s greatest ever scenes, below) and are joined by a super annoying Fr Noel Furlong, played by some bloke called Graham Norton.

4. KICKING BISHOP BRENNAN UP THE ARSE

This is the only episode in the whole three series that follows on directly from where the last episode left off. Ted loses a bet with his old rival Fr Dick Byrne in the previous episode, meaning he must kick Bishop Brennan in the arse. He concocts an odd plan, Ted-style, to get the bishop in position.

3. SPEED 3

This episode is a laugh a minute. Dougal fills in as the local milkman and hell ,as well as hilarity, ensues. There’s a bomb on the milk float and Dougal can’t drop below 4km per hour.. There are a couple of brilliant cameos in this episode too.

2. ESCAPE FROM VICTORY

This is another brilliant episode that plays on Ted’s rivalry with Fr Dick Byrne. They both become competing managers in the priests’ over-75 football league. Look out for the Giovanni Trapattoni lookalike making an appearance.

1. A SONG FOR EUROPE

Ted and Dougal decide to enter the Eurovision Song Contest and manage to win through to the final battle to select Ireland’s representatives. While the song, and the video that accompanies it, are hilarious it is the below scene that steals the show with Ted fuming at Dougal as they go through the song-writing process.

Comedy genius.

By David Lyons