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.


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: Cavalry Officer (Dan Nicholson), Thomas (Mathew Baynton), MC (Michael Mears), Francis (Alastair Roberts). Copyright: Monumental Pictures.

Series 2, Episode 4 - The Thomas Thorne Affair

Thomas goes down memory lane with Alison, however the truth is muddied when the other ghosts tell their version of events. Mike struggles with his own memories of Alison's past.

Further details

Mike makes a discovery among some old relics in the garden, which leads Thomas to go down memory lane with Alison, and share a story from his past that he has never told before.

At first he tells his heroic tale for only Alison to hear; however he is continually interrupted by Robin, Mary, Kitty and Humphrey, who also have a lot to add on the subject. After hearing their alternative version of events, Alison starts to realise that memory and reality don't always go hand in hand - but the very different viewpoints prove to be illuminating for Thomas.

Meanwhile, Lady Button, Pat and the Captain have gathered to hear Julian give one of his scheduled talks. While they wait for the others to join, they pass the time with a game, until curiosity sends them upstairs and they can't resist getting involved with Thomas' story as well.

As Mike patiently waits for Alison to get ready for their night out, he struggles with his own distorted memories of Alison's past, and gears himself up to confront an old adversary.

Broadcast details

Monday 12th October 2020
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
Yani Alexansandrov Humphrey's Body
Nathan Bryon Obi
Bridget Christie Annie
Holli Dempsey Isabelle
Michael Mears MC
Liran Nathan Officer's Friend
Dan Nicholson Cavalry Officer
Alastair Roberts (as Al Roberts) Francis
Writing team
Mathew Baynton Writer
Jim Howick 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


We're related!

A discovery in the house leads Thomas to go down memory lane.

Featuring: Charlotte Ritchie (Alison), Mathew Baynton (Thomas), Jim Howick (Pat), Laurence Rickard (Robin).


As Mike and Alison prepare to attend her school reunion, Mike gets lost down a social media stalking hole and romantic poet Thomas recounts his demise in the 1820s. The other ghosts chip in with their own, highly subjective, versions and there's an enjoyable cameo to come for Stath Lets Flats fans.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 12th October 2020

In conversation with... Ben Willbond

Between the airing of Ghosts' hugely anticipated second series and the writing of its already-commissioned third, we were lucky enough to sit down for a chat with one of the creators, writers, and stars of the show, Ben Willbond (The Captain).

Idiots Assembled, 12th October 2020

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