Father Ted

Season 2 Episode 5

A Song for Europe

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 1996 on Channel 4
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A Song for Europe
Fathers Ted and Dougal enter A Song For Europe with My Lovely Horse. The tune is stolen from the b-side of a Norwegian song that didn't even win A Song For Norway but the lyrics are all their own work. Somehow they get through to Eurovision and score.... nil points.moreless

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  • With a song like that, how could they fail?

    This is one of my personal favourites, if only for the fact that it produced one of the best songs of all time. It was simply inspired!

    There are so many hilarious moments in this episode, when they are writing the song for one thing and Ted gets really stressed out and is screaming at Dougal like mad and the entire room is filled with smoke is pretty damn funny.

    The imaginary video reduces me to near hysterics every time, especially at the end when you get the close up of the horse's head surrounded my all the different colours and the train noise and Ted wakes up and is like "We have to get rid of that sax solo at the end!" Classic!

    The presenter of Song for Europe is great as well, the way he switches so quickly and the other entires are brilliant as well, it is just an amazing episode...I can't even tell you just how funny it is, no matter how hard I try.

    JUST WATCH IT!moreless
Maurice O'Donoghue

Maurice O'Donoghue

Fr. Dick Byrne

Guest Star

Don Wycherley

Don Wycherley

Fr. Cyril MacDuff

Guest Star

Peter Caffrey

Peter Caffrey

Charles Hedges

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dougal: Ready Ted? Let's do it!
      Ted: Dougal, don't take it so seriously, it's just a bit of fun.
      (Scene jumps forward to some time later. Room is filled with smoke and there is a cigarette hanging out of a stressed out Ted's mouth)
      Ted: Just play the fecking note!
      Dougal: The first one?
      Ted: (frantic screaming) No not the fecking first one! The fecking first one's already fecking down! Just play the fecking note you were fecking playing earlier! I've been playing the fecking first one! We have the fecking first one!

    • Ted: So what do you want to write about?
      Dougal: What about...a lovely horse?

    • Ted: (after playing "My Lovely Horse" to Father Jack and Mrs. Doyle) Well, what do you think, in general?
      (Father Jack pulls out a rifle and shoots Ted's guitar)
      Ted: Right.

    • Dougal: I've got Eurosong Fever. What time is it?
      Ted: Half past one.
      Dougal: And it's on...?
      Ted: in May.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Jon Kenny (Fred Rickwood) previously played Michael Cocheese in "The Passion of St. Tibulus".

    • "My Lovely Horse" Lyrics:
      My lovely horse,
      running through the field.
      Where are you going,
      with your fetlocks blowing in the wind?

      I want to shower you with sugar lumps,
      and ride you over fences.
      Polish your hooves every single day,
      and bring you to the horse dentist.

      My lovely horse,
      you're a pony no more.
      Running around with a man on your back,
      like a train in the night
      like a train in the night...

    • The entries for "Song for Ireland 1996" were:
      1 The Miracle is Mine
      - Fr. Dick Byrne and Father Cyril McDuff
      2 My Lovely Horse
      - Fr. Ted Crilly and Fr. Dougal McGuire
      3 If I could wear my Hat like my Heart
      - The Grand Girls
      4 You Dirty English Bastards
      - The Hairy Bowsies
      5 The Drums of Africa are calling me home
      - Sean O'Brien
      6 Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la
      - Death Pigs

    • Neil Hannon wrote the music for "My Lovely Horse." Neil Hannon is better known as the founder of the band The Divine Comedy.


    • According to the writer's commentary, the video for "My Lovely Horse" was based on a 1970s lifestyle video for the Swarbrigs Song "That's What Friends are For," which they claim is the funniest music video of all time. Some of the shots are even copied down to every last detail (e.g. Ted's chest hair still dry when they are in the swiming pool)

    • Dougal: ...like Nelson Mandela and his mad wife.-- refers to the former South African president and his wife, Winnie, who had faced various charges of murder, kidnapping, and funeral insurance fraud.

    • Ted: ...like that Icy Tea and Scoopy Scoopy Dog Dog-- refers to the American rap artists Ice-T and Snoop Dogg (also known at first as Snoop Doggy Dogg.)