SUPERDOUGAL; Father Ted's Ardal lands pounds m comedy hero role.FATHER Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon Ardal O'Hanlon (born 8 October 1965) is an Irish comedian and actor, best known for his roles in television sitcoms as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero. has signed a pounds 500,000 deal to play a comic strip comic strip, combination of cartoon with a story line, laid out in a series of pictorial panels across a page and concerning a continuous character or set of characters, whose thoughts and dialogues are indicated by means of "balloons" containing written speech. action hero in a new BBC BBC
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Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. sitcom.
The Irish comedian, who played Father Ted's dimwitted dim·wit
A stupid person.
dimwitted adj. sidekick Dougal, was offered the starring role in My Hero when former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan Craig Dougal McLachlan (born September 1 1965 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actor and singer, best known for his role as Ed in Bugs. He has also appeared in soap operas such as Sons and Daughters, Neighbours and was dropped after filming just one episode.
The Aussie hunk was not funny enough for the role of a Superman-type hero who gives up saving the world to run a health food store in south London.
Now O'Hanlon, 33, is set for a triumphant return to TV comedy since Father Ted ending its award-winning run last year following the death of main star Dermot Morgan.
An insider revealed: "Craig's a good actor but he wasn't quite right for My Hero.
"He was chosen because he's a muscular guy with a body like Superman. But somehow after we'd filmed the pilot with Craig it wasn't that funny."
A source close to O'Hanlon said : "The BBC has approached Ardal about My Hero and it's exactly the type of comedy role he'll be brilliant at.
"A lot of people want him to be in their sitcom because of the success of Father Ted.
"But he's been very careful not to jump at the first thing he was offered."
Off-screen O'Hanlon couldn't be more different from dummy Dougal.
He has written a novel, hosted a series on stand-up comedians and is also a serious actor.
He is currently filming a ITV (1) See interactive TV.
(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV). drama called Easy Listening in which he plays a thirtysomething journalist worried about being left on the shelf.
O'Hanlon is also a controversial character. He shocked BBC bosses last month by launching a stinging attack on hit drama Ballykissangel. He said it portrayed an unrealistic "chocolate box lid version of Ireland".
He said: "As an Irish person I would be far more offended by the depiction of Ireland in Ballykissangel than in Father Ted.
"It's clearly ridiculous, this softy softy - (IBM) Hardware hackers' term for a software expert who is largely ignorant of the mysteries of hardware. focus, traditional representation."