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Ann’s indignation is easy to understand but hard to agree with. Sure, Christianity is much-mocked and plenty of the satire is both gratuitous and lazy. But what Widdy fails to accept is that, as Steve Punt puts it, ‘The comedy itself is a reply.’ For years, Christianity set the British agenda. Much of the humour is simply an acknowledgement of how much has changed. Oh, and she fails to mention ‘Father Ted’, an unforgiveable ommission from the point of view of both entertainment and analysis.