Father Ted creator says religion in Ireland actually had a "terrible effect" on him
"The idea that this supernatural being is controlling everything..."
Arthur Mathews, co-creator of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Father Ted, is our guest on Ireland Unfiltered this week.
The comedy writer and actor joined host Dion Fanning to talk about a vast range of topics including his new Brexit-themed show with Matt Berry, the difficulties of being a dad, and the question on everyone's lips – when are we finally going to see (and hear) the Father Ted musical?
With religion obviously playing such a key role in everyone's favourite Craggy Island creation, Mathews admits that it actually "always used to scare the hell out of me".
He explained: "The idea that this supernatural being is controlling everything is... you wouldn't want to think about that too much. But I did think about it quite a lot. So it didn't have a good effect on me."
When pressed on what it was that worried him in particular, Mathews continued, "demonic possession. This is the time of The Exorcist and all that stuff. It had a terrible effect on me, it's... yeah, I think religion... I can see why it's a consolation for people but it shouldn't really have survived into the modern world.
"I can see in the 14th century when you'd no roof on your hut or your stone walls and you'd no food and you'd have to go out and plough fields with a shovel, why you'd think 'God, there must be more than this.'
"But for most pampered people who live now, not everybody obviously, but for most people in the west I don't know why you need it really."
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