Heroes of Tea: Mrs Doyle

Ah, Mrs Doyle. The repressed, somewhat insane housekeeper in Grahem Lineham’s fantastic Father Ted.

Has there ever been a fictional character more obsessed with tea than she? Her dedication to the cause is outstanding, even going as far as to stay up all night just in case one of the Fathers should want a cup of tea. And who could forget her tragic reaction to receiving a teasmaid, thereby depriving her of the delight of making tea herself? She championed the art of tea making and never took no (really, never) for an answer, although did frequently refuse to give up the tea/baked goods when the person in question finally accepted. She’s an inspiration to all of us. And she provided me endless amusement by repeatedly falling off the roof.

So, Mrs Doyle, we salute you. Make yourself a cuppa in her honour (go on, go on, go on) and remember, ‘There’s always time for a nice cup of tea. Sure, didn’t the Lord himself pause for a nice cup of tea before giving himself up for the world?’. Wisdom indeed.

Miss Believer


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  1. MRS. DOYLE: Do you think would our new guest like a cup of tea Father? The little sheep fellow.

    TED: I don’t think they drink tea Mrs. Doyle. Not unless you have some special sheep tea.

    MRS. DOYLE: Yes.

    TED: What?

    MRS. DOYLE: I do have some sheep tea in the kitchen.

    TED: Right well em.. Give him some of that then.

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