The Deceived writers had ‘to fight’ to air ghost scene in new drama starring Paul Mescal

The Deceived writers had to fight to air one scene (Picture: Charles Fearn)

The Deceived co-writers revealed they had ‘to fight’ to air one particular ghost scene in their new drama.

Tobias Beer and Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee will be bringing their new psychological drama to our screens tonight, although one scene almost didn’t make the cut.

The four-part drama which will air every night this week until Thursday surrounds university lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan (Emmett J Scanlan) whose wife Roisin Mulvery (Catherine Walker) dies under suspicious circumstances.

However, things soon take a twist when Michael embarks on an affair with one of his students, Ophelia Marsh (Emily Reid).

After Ophelia follows Michael back to his hometown Knockdara village in Ireland, spooky things start to happen in his old house.

What is Michael hiding? (Picture: Channel 5)

Speaking about the ghost story-telling scene and how the idea was born, Lisa began: ‘There’s a scene of a ghost story being told to Ophelia and my grandfather used to tell this story a lot of him and his friends playing cards with the devil.

‘He was spinning a yarn we believe, but the idea of storytelling is such a big deal in Ireland and telling the same story over and over again is like a ritual.’

Tobias went on to add the reason behind why they had to fight to air that particular scene.

He continued: ‘We had to fight really hard for the scene because what we wanted to do was something in the tradition of the Irish dramas, where they would sit and nothing is happening.

‘People are reluctant to do that on television because you don’t just sit, but I am pleased we were allowed to play that with him telling that.’

The Deceived airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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