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

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

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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

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

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 20th July 2020 8:30pm BBC1
Sunday 22nd November 2020 6:30pm Gold
Monday 23rd November 2020 3:40pm Gold
Monday 23rd November 2020 10:00pm Gold
Monday 1st February 2021 11:55pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 2:05am Gold
Monday 17th May 2021 9:00pm Gold
Monday 17th May 2021 11:40pm Gold
Tuesday 18th May 2021 2:45am Gold
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Sunday 1st May 2022 3:15pm Gold
Monday 22nd August 2022 8:00pm Gold
Friday 7th April 2023 5:00pm Gold
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Tuesday 11th April 2023 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 12th April 2023 2:10am Gold
Wednesday 14th June 2023 10:20pm Gold
Thursday 15th June 2023 2:00am Gold
Monday 2nd October 2023 10:40pm Gold
Tuesday 3rd October 2023 2:15am Gold
Sunday 26th November 2023 8:55pm Gold
Monday 27th November 2023 12:50am Gold

Cast & crew

Cast
Charlotte Ritchie Alison
Kiell Smith-Bynoe Mike
Mathew Baynton Thomas
Simon Farnaby Julian
Martha Howe-Douglas Lady Button
Jim Howick Pat
Laurence Rickard Robin
Ben Willbond Captain
Lolly Adefope Kitty
Katy Wix Mary
Laurence Rickard Humphrey
Guest cast
Yani Alexansandrov Humphrey's Body
Richard Durden Charles Worthing (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
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
Jill Forbes Line Producer
Mike Holliday Editor
Amy Maguire Production Designer
Kelly Valentine Hendry Casting Director
Lucy Williams Costume Designer
Will Hanke Director of Photography
Marie Deehan Make-up Designer
Arthur Sharpe Composer
Kas Braganza 1st Assistant Director

Videos

Welcome to the house

Alison and Mike, a cash-strapped young couple struggling to buy their first home, think their prayers are answered when a distant relative bequeaths them a sprawling country estate.

Featuring: Charlotte Ritchie (Alison), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Mike), Mathew Baynton (Thomas), Simon Farnaby (Julian), Martha Howe-Douglas (Lady Button), Jim Howick (Pat), Laurence Rickard (Robin), Ben Willbond (Captain), Lolly Adefope (Kitty) & Katy Wix (Mary).

Is Alison losing her mind?

Alison finds herself hounded by a ghostly gaggle.

Featuring: Charlotte Ritchie (Alison), Mathew Baynton (Thomas), Simon Farnaby (Julian), Martha Howe-Douglas (Lady Button), Jim Howick (Pat), Laurence Rickard (Robin), Ben Willbond (Captain), Lolly Adefope (Kitty) & Katy Wix (Mary).

Press

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

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

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