Bless Me Father: The Complete Collection

Bless me father is a comedy based around the ventures and/or life experience of a Catholic Irish priest father Charles Duddleswell the role of father Charles was played by Arthur Lowe father, Charles also had to contend with a roommate who was a Protestant minister who was played by Daniel Abineri. This series took place in the 1950s London suburb of the fictitious parish of St. Jude's the complete series contained 21 episodes, which ran from 1978 to 1981 the series itself was based on a collection of novels.

The series took a lighthearted comedic look at what was involved in and coming and going of the individuals who were part of father Charles's parish and how father Charles deals with the predicaments that his parishioners find themselves being involved in, all while simultaneously trying to operate a church and save his parishioners souls. All of which have highly comedic results each week. The show also dealt with, the differences between being Protestant and Catholic and a highly comedic, yet very subtle way, whether it was attending a dinner of the wealthy parishioner of the opposite faith or helping his parishioners through their marital problems. Father Charles takes everything in stride dealing with whatever life throws at him with a comedic unwavering faith for instance, assuming that God will provide good weather for the church fundraiser. The church coffers are always off constant concern for father Charles adding yet another layer to this already hilarious sitcom.

Even if the viewer has no idea of the differences between Catholic and Protestant beliefs, which form the basis of the humor for the program they are sure to instantly fall in love with father Charles and his witty adventures and curious circumstances. Especially after one realizes that the series is autobiographical, and although some of the events portrayed within the program have been enhanced for dramatic effect, as well as comedic relief. They are based around real life experiences the series allows the viewer to take a comedic look at the human condition on London in the 1950s and will allow them to see just exactly what it takes to keep things running in a London suburb as harmoniously as possible.

This is a lighthearted program that any fan of British comedy, and/or humor is sure to find amusing on one level or another.

Acorn Media
1 Season, 21 Episodes
September 24, 1978
Bless Me Father: The Complete Collection

Bless Me Father: The Complete Collection Full Episode Guide

  • Father Duddleswell and the local rabbi intervene when a Catholic girl and the rabbi's son announce their engagement.

  • The priests find it difficult to love their neighbor when he starts raising pigs.

  • The colorful priest who was Father Duddleswell's mentor arrives just in time to lend a hand.

  • Neil gets in over his head when he tries to offer parishioners marriage counseling.

  • A few days without Mrs. Pring show Father Duddleswell that he needs at least one woman in his life.

  • Neil conveys mixed messages when he counsels the distraught young wife of a former priest.

  • In ministering to a fallen-away Catholic who is dying, Father Duddleswell finds salvation a tough sell.

  • On a busy Saturday, one couple fails to get completely hitched before the honeymoon.

  • Only a collection plate caper succeeds in cracking Father Duddleswell's good cheer.

  • An elderly seaman's hefty insurance policy motivates Father Duddleswell to arrange a burial at sea.

  • Neil's attachment to a young nurse calls into question the young curate's commitment to celibacy.

  • The attentions of a wealthy female parishoner cause trouble for Neil.

  • Neil takes on new responsibilities as the offical Catholic chaplain at the hospital.

  • Father Duddleswell and Mother Superior argue over who gets credit for an apparent miracle.

  • The aging confessionals at St. Jude's are no longer soundproof.

  • When a Catholic becomes mayor of the town, Father Duddleswell makes a play to become chaplain.

  • Father Duddleswell and Mother Superior fight over a valuable painting.

  • A spiritual intervention is called for when a chair in the pub gets a creepy reputation.

  • An old church bell seems like the solution to St. Jude's pigeon problem.

  • Will the Almighty provide fair weather for the annual bazaar?

  • As soon as Neil arrives at St. Jude's, Father Duddleswell puts him to the test.

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