"The show amusingly depicts some of the challenges facing clergy up and down the country. But while it’s great entertainment, it doesn’t truly tell the whole story. I have a friend who runs a growing church in Reading city centre, filled with young people with no church background; I have another friend who has had to plant two new churches because his congregation is bursting at the seams," Welby noted.
Along with his visits, Welby spoke to a larger audience in Britain via that country's Radio Times magazine, where the Anglican primate argued for more faith-based programming on television and radio: "At a time when some argue that faith and religious life should be kept behind closed doors, it is reassuring that broadcasters still invest in imaginative, high-quality religious programming, especially during Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas," he wrote. "But I believe passionately that religious broadcasting is not just for Easter or Christmas: its presence is vital the whole year round."