It may have been almost 24 years since Father Ted aired his last show in 1998, but actress Pauline McLynn believes it’s as relevant today as ever.
In terms of the three series and the Christmas special, it’s the perfect time to do it. And every time I see it, it hasn’t aged at all because it’s never been dependent on current events,” she said.
“It’s still very funny – although unfortunately I could be closer to Mrs. Doyle’s age, which was somewhere between 50 and 100.
“But it’s something you can stand by and just be so proud of and say, ‘Yeah, that’s great, isn’t it?’
“I enjoy it when I see it. I don’t see myself in it anymore, I only see Mrs. Doyle – I don’t see the actor.”
The well-known personality, who played tea-loving housekeeper Mrs Doyle on the iconic series, said she’s still recognized on a daily basis and people love calling Mrs Doyle catchphrases like “go on, go on, go on” at her.
Co-created by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, the sitcom starred the late Dermot Morgan and ran from 1995 to 1998.
“I’d be surprised if a day went by when nobody mentioned it father ted Or yell at me in the street. But that’s the love people have for it. When it’s a bunch of schoolgirls, that’s usually the worst. When they start screaming and pointing, it’s like an invasion of body thieves. I have to go to a store and hide,” McLynn said.
After two quiet years for the arts and entertainment industry, she said it’s wonderful that things are picking up speed again now that restrictions have been lifted.
She co-starred in the TV adaptation of Graham Norton’s bestselling novel Keepwhich debuts April 12 on Virgin Media More’s Channel 100.
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She’s also filming a new project in the UK as she’s happy to be back to work properly.
“It’s a comedy-drama for Sky and it’s some of the best scripts I’ve read in a long time so I’m very excited about it,” she said.
“One of the weirdest things about lockdown was you realized how much we rely on the storytelling nature of show business because everyone’s watched Netflix and every box set ever made. We watched everything on TV and no new stuff was made. We almost ran out of stories. So it’s good that everything is back.
“But lockdown for an actor, I have to be honest, it’s like being unemployed. We are very good at being alone and not working. The problem was before you could tell something was going to show up. We knew nothing would show up for two years.”
The actress and author said she would also like to repeat her popular series of paintings she made for RTÉ., painting of the nation.
She spent two series hosting the program which aimed to find Ireland’s best amateur painters.
“I loved this show. I wish they would bring it back. Now would be a great time to bring it back as the painting’s popularity has exploded since lockdown. People just had the time to be mindful and reset the buttons and look around and pay attention to what’s around them.”
She was speaking when she was named the new ambassador for Kellogg’s Skyline Tour at Croke Park.
At a height of 44 metres, it offers visitors a panoramic view of the capital – overlooking some of the most famous landmarks such as the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, the Poolbeg Towers and the Spire.
Experienced guides give participants a personalized tour while detailing the history and facts behind some of the capital’s most iconic buildings.
“When you do the Kellogg’s tour, you look at things and you think, ‘I’ve never thought of that.’ When you hear the story, just say, “The place is teeming with history.” And you would almost be ashamed that you don’t know more about it,” she said.
“You won’t walk down a Dublin street again without looking up and saying, ‘I saw that from above and I know what that is’.”
Kellogg’s has been a sports organization partner for its GAA Cúl Camps for ten years and has welcomed more than 1.5 million participants.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/i-dont-see-me-all-i-see-is-mrs-doyle-when-i-watch-it-pauline-mclynn-on-why-her-love-for-father-ted-will-go-on-go-on-go-on-41497204.html “I don’t see myself. All I see is Mrs. Doyle when I look at it’: Pauline McLynn on why her love for Father Ted will go on, go on, will go on