Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Robin (Laurence Rickard), Humphrey (Laurence Rickard), Mary (Katy Wix), Thomas (Mathew Baynton), Alison (Charlotte Ritchie), Kitty (Lolly Adefope), Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), Captain (Ben Willbond), Pat (Jim Howick), Lady Button (Martha Howe-Douglas), Julian (Simon Farnaby). Copyright: Monumental Pictures.

Ghosts

BBC One sitcom about a group of ghosts. 13 episodes (2 series), 2019 - 2020. Stars Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby and others.

Returns Wednesday 23rd December at 8:30pm. Episode Guide

Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Kitty (Lolly Adefope), Mary (Katy Wix), Thomas (Mathew Baynton), Alison (Charlotte Ritchie), Robin (Laurence Rickard), Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), Captain (Ben Willbond), Lady Button (Martha Howe-Douglas), Pat (Jim Howick), Julian (Simon Farnaby). Copyright: Monumental Pictures.

Series 2, Episode 1 - The Grey Lady

Alison and Mike are trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House. The ghosts have found a way to make their new situation work for them, while the couple are working towards a new money-making venture to fund their perpetual renovations.

Further details

Without the money to continue the extensive building work and the hotel still a distant dream, Alison and Mike decide to try to rent the place out for events. After a paranormal photo of the house goes viral overnight, Alison and Mike worry that it will ruin the house's reputation. As they scramble to debunk the spooky rumours and convince people that the house is spectre-free, they spot their opportunity to bring money in faster: they'll use the ghosts' 'talents' to create an authentic haunted house experience.

But will Alison and Mike be able to convince the ghosts to be exploited for money-making gains? They may have underestimated their punters' ability to smell a rat...

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 21st September 2020
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular 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
Cornelius Booth Philip
Jackie Clune Gwen
Yaamin Chowdhury Rory
Colin Hoult Gordon
Shivani Thussu Lucy
Writing team
Martha Howe-Douglas Writer
Laurence Rickard Writer
Annie Fawke 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
Imogen Cooper Executive Producer

Videos

Ghosts radio station

Pat and Thomas discover a paranormal detection device. They naturally start using it as a radio station.

Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Thomas), Jim Howick (Pat).

The morning routine

The ghosts wake up...

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), Laurence Rickard (Humphrey).

Press

Dead funny - Ghosts is back

The Horrible Histories team explain why their spooky sitcom is good family fun.

Joe Clay, The Times, 21st September 2020

Ghosts Series 2 review

It's been more than a year since Ghosts were on our screens - but it seems like they have never been away, such is the way these spooks from down the ages already feel so familiar.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 21st September 2020

Lolly Adefope interview

From playing Alan Partridge's nemesis to taking compliments from Tom Cruise, the comic has packed a lot into her career. But she's not getting ahead of herself.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 21st September 2020

Mathew Baynton and Jim Howick interview

"They're stuck in an existence they didn't ask for... like all of us"

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 21st September 2020

Ghosts Series 2 review

Ghost-hunters descend on beleaguered couple Mike and Alison's country pile, as the grown-up comedy from the Horrible Histories team returns for more crude yet clever laughs.

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 21st September 2020

Ghosts, BBC1, review

A pleasingly daft comedy fit for the whole family.

Sarah Hughes, i Newspaper, 21st September 2020

Ghosts review: good fun, but it can't beat Rentaghost

This knockabout sitcom from the Horrible Histories team feels like a kids' show at times, but it sure beats the BBC's 'topical' comedies.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 21st September 2020

Ghosts review

It's laugh-out-loud funny, but they might as well have called it Are You Being Haunted?.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 22nd September 2020

Ghosts review - silly family fun & boy do we need it

Ghosts returned for a second series in the saner pre-watershed slot of 8.30pm. I don't know what BBC One was thinking last time scheduling it at 9.30pm: it's hardly Fleabag. Plus if anyone can be trusted to do a decent double entendre that adults will get but kids probably won't, it is this fine and much-loved former Horrible Histories team.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 22nd September 2020

TV review: Ghosts Series 2 Episode 1

There's still enough going on here that it's a show I'm extremely fond of, the cast are without exception bloody superb, and the concept is an appealing one indeed. But whereas the majority of the previous series were of the four star and more variety this was definitely one of the weaker episodes, enjoyable for sure, but lacking in moments which would make anyone laugh out loud over and over again.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 22nd September 2020
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