You’ll notice at the bottom of that blog post that I had planned a follow-up but had to scrap it because the video I wanted to show you had disappeared from YouTube. Well, now it’s been re-uploaded so I finally get to post this.
Within the show, the motivation for fathers Ted and Dougal to write the song My Lovely Horse was that they wanted to write the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.
On the DVD commentary for the episode of Father Ted in which the song appears, titled Song For Europe, the writers Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan note that the song and the video were inspired by the real-life 1975 Irish Eurovision Song Contest entry – That’s What Friends Are For by The Swarbriggs.
In particular, several scenes from the promo video produced for the Swarbriggs song ahead of the contest itself were recreated or homaged in the My Lovely Horse video that Ted and Dougal dream of, most notably the swimming pool scene.
And here is that 1975 Swarbriggs video in all its hilariously cheesy glory. The picture is a little choppy at the start and the resolution isn’t the best but then, it was recorded in 1975.
And here, once again, to make it easy for you to compare and contrast, is the My Lovely Horse video: