Father Ted creators Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews have apparently ‘settled their differences’ to crack on with writing the musical version of the sitcom.
According to The Divine Comedy star Neil Hannon, Linehan and Matthews are ‘back in a room’ together and getting to work.
Hannon wrote the theme tune to the 90s sitcom and is penning the score for the musical.
He told BBC Breakfast: ‘Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, praise be, settled their differences and we are all back in a room writing the musical.
‘It’s very exciting. In fact, we are pretty much almost finished. It’ll still be quite a while before it hits the boards.
‘I take all my inspiration from what they have written, the scenes they have constructed.
‘Sometimes I have written about six songs for one particular scene that never seem to hit the nail on the head. But most of them have come quite easily.’
Father Ted, about a three Roman Catholic priests who live together on a fictional Irish island, ran from 1995 to 1998.
It starred the late Dermot Morgan as the titular character, along with Ardal O’Hanlon, the late Frank Kelly and Pauline McLynn.
Linehan announced plans for a musical, called Pope Ted – The Father Ted Musical, in June last year.
In a couple of tweets, he said: ‘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!
‘It’s the real final episode of Father Ted.’
Insisting that he wasn’t pulling our legs, he went on: ‘This is true and not one of my stupid jokes, I promise. Didn’t want to do something until the right idea came along.
‘This was the right idea. Arthur and I have been laughing our arses off while writing it. Just like the old days.’
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