Bless Me Father, 1978
Bless Me Father marked something of a departure for Arthur Lowe taking him away from the middle class ‘bank manager’ type roles that he had become associated with and placing him in charge of a different type of flock.
Set in 1950’s, the series was based on a set of books, written by Peter De Rosa, who had himself been a novice curate, under the pseudonym of Neil Boyd.
Made by London Weekend Television for ITV Bless Me Father ran for 3 series totalling 21 episodes, between 1978 and 1981.
Set in the fictional parish of St Judes, the series follows the adventures of an Irish Catholic Priest, Father Charles Duddleswell (Arthur Lowe) and his young curate Neil Boyd (Daniel Abineri).
Stories revolved around crises that make Catholic parish life both charming and frustrating, e.g., fund-raising and parish bazaars, the seal of confession, complications over funerals, etc.
Patrick Mc Alinney
Written By: Neil Boyd
Original Run: 24th September 1978 – 16th August 1981
Where To Watch
Sadly it was available on DVD from Network On Air who are no longer. It has yet to find a place on the streaming services.
Selected episodes can currently be found on You Tube