Now, your first instinct may be to dismiss this and bellow, “ARSE BISCUITS!”, but bear with us. The new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, seems to pay homage to Father Ted.
Yes, that Father Ted, the ’90s sitcom about a priesthood on a small Irish island. The Star Wars universe and Craggy Island are not, it seems, so far apart after all. As cads on Twitter have been keen to point out, the new sci-fi epic, starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, concludes with a sweeping aerial shot of two people in robes, filmed on the Skellig Islands in County Kerry.
Meanwhile, the opening to the sitcom, which follows the adventures of dowdy Mrs Doyle, daftie Father Dougal, gnarly Father Jack and the feckless Father Ted (that money was just resting in his account, okay?), does pretty much exactly the same thing, as you can see below…
It seems like a beautiful coincidence, but Twitter users were still quicker on the draw than Luke Skywalker:
— estefania perez (@estefaniap44i) December 21, 2015
Come to think of it, Luke would have mastered the Force much faster if Mrs Doyle had trained him instead of Yoda: “Go on go on go on go on go on go on go on go on!”