Marley's Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Adam Wise (John Hannah), Marley Wise (Sarah Alexander), Michael Walton (Nicholas Burns), Vicar (Jo Joyner). Copyright: John Stanley Productions.

Marley's Ghosts

Gold sitcom about a woman plagued by three ghosts. 9 episodes (2 series), 2015 - 2016. Stars Sarah Alexander, Jo Joyner, Nicholas Burns, John Hannah and others.

Marley's Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Marley Wise (Sarah Alexander), Michael Walton (Nicholas Burns).

Series 1, Episode 1

Magistrate Marley has an unattentive husband with a failed business, and a lover who's a little too sure of their relationship. In a tragic pairing of accidents, both men die - along with the local vicar. But for Marley, that's only the start...

Further details

In the opening episode, forty-something magistrate, Marley is juggling work, marriage and a secret love affair. While her career goes from strength to strength husband Adam's business has failed and their relationship has taken a downward turn. Things come to a head when Adam drunkenly stumbles into her courtroom and after being escorted home by a furious Marley, chokes on a chicken bone and suddenly dies.

At his funeral she realises she can see Adam watching her and races home with an astonished Michael, Marley's colleague and lover, in tow - only to be run down by the local Vicar and also die. To add a further complication from the afterlife, the vicar, on whom Marley had been relying on to get rid of the ghosts, also shuffles off her own mortal coil.

So begins a bizarre ménage-a-quatre, with Adam, Michael and the vicar all moving in, albeit in ghostly form, to Marley's home. Marley is in despair. There's no room left on the sofa and she really doesn't want to live with ghosts, and especially not two really annoying ones - husband Adam and lover Michael, who are constantly bickering over, and competing for her affections.

The Vicar, a mediator of sorts makes a vain attempt to be Marley's confidante and sanctuary, but is useless, calling on made up tales from St Peter at times of crisis, and getting stories by Joan Collins and the Bible mixed up. It would appear Marley's on her own, even in this most claustrophobic of domestic situations.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 30th September 2015
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Sarah Alexander Marley Wise
    Jo Joyner Vicar
    Nicholas Burns Michael Walton
    John Hannah Adam Wise
    Mina Anwar Tina Jarvis
    Guest cast
    Laura June Hudson Mrs. Nathan
    Alan Breck Mr. Nathan
    Ed Coleman Supermarket Manager
    David Oakley Mr. Devon
    Abbie Murphy Nurse
    Jan Uddin Paramedic
    Miranda Hennessy Alice
    Writing team
    Daniel Peacock Writer
    Production team
    Richard Drew Production Designer
    Chris Blaine Editor
    Ben Blaine Editor
    Ben Gosling Fuller Director
    Katie Mavroleon Producer
    Layla Smith Executive Producer
    Simon Lupton Executive Producer
    Grant Olding Composer


    Marley gets a ghostly fright

    After returning from her husband's funeral, Marley gets a shock in the kitchen!

    Featuring: Sarah Alexander (Marley Wise), Nicholas Burns (Michael Walton), John Hannah (Adam Wise).

    She's not a guest. She's a ghost!

    Marley wrestles with the fact she now lives with her dead husband, lover and the local vicar.

    Featuring: Sarah Alexander (Marley Wise), Jo Joyner (Vicar), Nicholas Burns (Michael Walton), John Hannah (Adam Wise).


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