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Neil Hannon Says The 'Father Ted' Musical Is Nearly Ready

Mark Linehan
Mark Linehan

3:22 PM - 11 Jun 2019



"Up, with this sort of thing!"

Is there anything to be said for another episode of this television treasure?

The man who is responsible for the magnificent tune that is, 'Songs Of Love' aka the Father Ted theme spoke to NME recently about recent developments in the script for 'Pope Ted' the upcoming musical offspring of the original.

“I loved the original series and we’re trying to do justice to the style and give the characters proper stories. You’re trying to make a proper musical with a proper plot yet if it becomes too plot-heavy, it doesn’t feel like the original series which was so silly sometimes. It’s a delicate balance but we’re getting there. I think it’ll be a hugely entertaining evening out – but then I would say that!”

The Fergal D'Arcy show is praying for a song about 'Small and Far Away Cows'

Hannon says he's also managed to squeeze some gags in himself, “I think I’ve got a few gags in it  because I’d say ‘Why don’t they do this?’ and Graham and Arthur would boggle ‘That’s funny! I didn’t know you were funny?’ I replied: have you listened to any of my songs?!’ God, I’ve written a lot of songs for it!"

Currently promoting The Divine Comedy's new album 'Office Politics' speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday morning, Hannon also mentioned that Matthews and Linehan had clashed over the musical but have now "settled their differences".

“Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, praise be, settled their differences and we are all back in a room writing the musical," said Hannon.

“It’s very exciting," he continued. "In fact, we are pretty much almost finished. It’ll still be quite a while before it hits the boards."

 



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