EP109 – Arthur Matthews – Co-writer of Father Ted.

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EP109 – Arthur Matthews – Co-writer of Father Ted.


Total run time: 1 hour 21 mins 44 secs.

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About this episode…

Arthur Mathews is an Irish comedy writer and actor who, often with writing partner Graham Linehan, has either written or contributed to a number of television comedies, such as Father Ted. He’s also written for Harry Enfield and Chums, Hippies and The Fast Show.

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Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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