Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Julian (Simon Farnaby), Humphrey's Head (Laurence Rickard), Thomas Thorne (Mathew Baynton), Fanny (Martha Howe-Douglas), Captain (Ben Willbond), Pat (Jim Howick). Copyright: Monumental Pictures.

Ghosts

BBC One sitcom about a group of ghosts. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Lolly Adefope, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas and others.

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Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Kitty (Lolly Adefope), Thomas Thorne (Mathew Baynton), Mary (Katy Wix), Captain (Ben Willbond), Pat (Jim Howick). Copyright: Monumental Pictures.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Who Do You Think You Are?

Cash-strapped Alison and Mike think their dreams have come true when they inherit a grand country house, unaware that it's falling apart and teeming with the ghosts of former inhabitants.

Further details

Cash-strapped Alison and Mike think their dreams have come true when they inherit a grand country house, unaware that it's falling apart and teeming with the ghosts of former inhabitants.

The ghosts must act immediately to prevent the new owners' plans to turn the house into a hotel. After their attempts to haunt them away fail miserably, Julian summons all of his telekinetic powers to push Alison out of a window.

After settling back into their old life / death, the ghosts can't believe it when the 'livins' return. Mike has financially shackled them to the mansion, and Alison can now see the ghosts.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer

Date
Monday 15th April 2019
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lolly Adefope Kitty
Mathew Baynton Thomas Thorne
Simon Farnaby Julian
Martha Howe-Douglas Fanny
Jim Howick Pat
Laurence Rickard Robin
Laurence Rickard Humphrey's Head
Charlotte Ritchie Alison
Kiell Smith-Bynoe Mike
Ben Willbond Captain
Katy Wix Mary
Guest cast
Yani Alexansandrov Humphrey's Body
Richard Durden Solicitor
Ed Kear Dave Houses
Ania Marson Heather Button
Anya McKenna Bruce Jemima
Steve Oram Terry
Writing team
Mathew Baynton Writer
Jim Howick Writer
Hugo Lynch Script Editor
Production team
Mike Holliday Editor
Amy Maguire Production Designer
Tom Kingsley Director
Matthew Mulot Producer
Alison Carpenter Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Alison Owen Executive Producer
Kate Daughton Executive Producer
Mathew Baynton Executive Producer
Simon Farnaby Executive Producer
Martha Howe-Douglas Executive Producer
Jim Howick Executive Producer
Laurence Rickard Executive Producer
Ben Willbond Executive Producer
Arthur Sharpe Composer

Press

Deliriously silly new comedy from the team behind Horrible Histories, about a lineage of spectres who band together to haunt a couple turning their beloved country pile into a hotel. It has been given a rare post-watershed slot for the HH lot, but the tone here is mischievous rather than adult.

Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 15th April 2019

Simon Farnaby on new BBC comedy Ghosts

The co-creator and star of Horrible Histories and Yonderland talks to Alexandra Pollard about his haunting new comedy, writing Paddington 2, and the "s**t-show" that is Brexit.

Alexandra Pollard, The Independent, 15th April 2019

Ghosts review

So the Horrible Histories team have moved, via family-friendly Yonderland, into the realm of adult sitcom. Although there is nothing about Ghosts that remotely requires its post-watershed slot, beyond scenes of mile peril, and milder double entendre.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 15th April 2019

TV review: Ghosts, BBC One

Not so much spine-tingling as spine-tickling comedy.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 15th April 2019

Ghosts review

The new show from Horrible Histories may be the most unlikely comedy spinoff since Frasier, but what a glorious romp.

Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 15th April 2019

Ghosts - review

Horrible Histories in reverse - made for grown-ups but also potentially enjoyable to kids.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 15th April 2019

Ghosts, review

A young couple inherit a country pile and move in to start repairs. Its resident gaggle of bored ghosts have other ideas.

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 15th April 2019

Review: Ghosts

Not only current, long adoring, fans of this comedy group will love this series, but I'm certain a whole new audience of admirers will take to this brilliantly funny series.

Matt Shaine, On The Box, 15th April 2019

Review: New comedy 'Ghosts' is good fun

Ghosts is first and foremost a fun, multi-character comedy that's jam-packed with jokes.

Sophie Davies, The Custard TV, 16th April 2019
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