‘Father Ted’ co-creator Graham Linehan announces ‘Pope Ted – The Father Ted musical’

"It’s the real final episode of Father Ted," he said

A new Father Ted musical is on its way, 20 years after the show aired its final episode.

The sitcom’s co-creator Graham Linehan announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Hey, guess what. It’s very exciting.

“‘Pope Ted—The Father Ted Musical’ written by Arthur Mathews and myself, music by Neil Hannon, is almost written. I just thought you’d like to know. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!”

He also added that “it’s the real final episode of Father Ted.” You can see Linehan’s tweets below.

The Divine Comedy‘s Hannon also wrote the show’s theme tune and original music.

The musical will reportedly explore Ted’s move from Craggy Island to his new role as Pope in the Vatican.

Speaking to the BBC, Linehan said the musical was about “the least qualified man in the world becoming Pope”.

“I didn’t want to do anything like this until the right idea came along, and when Trump won and Corbyn won [the Labour leadership] I kind of thought, ‘Maybe Ted has a chance’,” he added.

“I thought it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Obviously we’re pulling some shenanigans to get him into that position but I think the shenanigans are entertaining enough that people won’t mind.”

The show’s star, Dermot Morgan, passed away 20 years ago, on February 28, 1998. He died of a heart attack a day after recording the final episode of the much-loved comedy.