Ricky Gervais is to play God.

The comic star is working with 'Dexter' producer Clyde Phillips on new TV show 'Afterlife' in which he will play the Almighty, however, his interpretation of the all-powerful being will not be the usual benevolent creator of the human race.

Writing on his blog about the new project, he revealed: "Anyway, I play God . (My version will be) an arrogant, wisecracking son of a bitch, who thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread . Actually he thinks he's the best thing ever because . well, he is. He also loves welcoming atheists to heaven with a smug grin on his face."

Gervais also insists the show is not an "atheist comedy" and has warned potential viewers not to expect a "twisted bloodlusty anti-religious fest" just because of Phillips' work on 'Dexter' - which follows the double-life of serial killer Dexter Morgan.

He explained: "We've come up with this show because we think it will be fun, different and entertaining. Not to undermine the moral fabric of America."

Gervais has been an atheist from the age of eight and mocked the concept of God in his stand-up comedy routine 'Science'.