This is a wonderful series for those who enjoy “gentle humor.” The series is about a priest who has been at his parish for many years and now has to train a very young curate in the ways of the church. I must add, it is not a mystery, but it does have “a coziness” about it.
It is set in the 1950s, and there is a lot of friendly competition between the older priest and the Protestant pastors. I say “friendly” because there is nothing in this show that is objectionable. Although, at first sight, Father Duddleswell (the older priest) seems to be an old, cantankerous codger, you soon see that beyond the public persona there is another side of the man… who truly cares for his parishioners and is flexible enough that he can bend strict rules when he sees that they need bending.
Mrs. Pring, his housekeeper of many years is a treat to watch, as she banters with Father Duddleswell. They act as if they don’t like each other, but you can see that they have a long history of mutual antagonizing and caring. There is not even a hint of a past romantic liaison between them, which is a very refreshing thing about the Bless Me Father series.
The secondary characters are also fun to meet…….. I think that Mother Superior is a hoot! She is able to keep Father Duddleswell in his place…… which is invariably is a few rungs under her!
Father Duddleswell has one particular friend who he can relate to…… the always-smoking, usually-drinking doctor… another really good character. And, the church’s closest neighbor (who just happens to be an agnostic) owns a bar and has never said no to placing a bet. He is yet another character who will delight you.
My husband and I watched Bless Me, Father series while our children were both away at college, and we have since then given them the series so that they too can enjoy the fun.
(I should say that although this has the feeling of the BBC shows that we have enjoyed for years on PBS, it is actually made by LWT – London Weekend Television.)
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