Monday 20 May 2019

Mel and Dermot had show lined up

Mel Smith. Photo: PA
Mel Smith. Photo: PA

COMEDIAN Mel Smith was pencilled in to appear with Dermot Morgan in his first follow-up to Father Ted.

Smith, who passed away last Friday, read for a role in a sitcom penned by Morgan before his death in 1998.

The comedy – called Re-united – followed the lives of two retired footballers sharing a flat in London.

Dermot Morgan's former manager John Fischer said the comedy duo had planned to go into partnership on the show.

"Dermot was going to play an Eamon Dunphy-type who had gone on to do journalism after soccer, but who had ended up living with an old football pal," he told the Herald.

"I can remember them doing a reading and their personalities hitting it off."

However, just weeks later, Morgan (45) collapsed on February 28, 1998, after a massive heart attack.


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