Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has announced details of a musical following on from the cult comedy.
Linehan, who said last year that he would consider developing a musical based on the show, shared the news on Twitter saying that he and his Father Ted co-writer Arthur Mathews have almost finished writing the musical, which will be named Pope Ted – The Father Ted Musical.
He also revealed that Neil Hannon was working on the music. Hannon's band The Divine Comedy supplied the theme tune to the original TV series. Hannon also wrote the song My Lovely Horse from the episode A Song For Europe.
‘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!— Graham YES Linehan (@Glinner) June 2, 2018
He added that the musical will be the "real final episode of Father Ted."
Linehan revealed that the musical will see Father Ted move from Craggy Island to the Vatican as he takes on the role of Pope.
"I didn't want to do anything like this until the right idea came along, and when Trump won and Corbyn won I kind of thought, 'maybe Ted has a chance'," Linehan told BBC News.
"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."
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Father Ted originally ran from 1995-1998, with the musical marking the first time Linehan and Mathews have revisited the iconic characters.
"It's like putting on an old pair of slippers and it's lovely to be working with Arthur again," Linehan added.
It is not yet known where the musical will debut, but it is expected to be performed on stage next year.