Original Horrible Histories team become Ghosts

Tuesday 19th June 2018, 3:38pm

  • The original Horrible Histories stars have created a new BBC One sitcom
  • Ghosts follows the late inhabitants of a crumbling country manor house
  • Their world is upset when a young couple inherit the house and begin converting it into a hotel
Ghosts. Image shows from L to R: Julian (Simon Farnaby), Headless John (Laurence Rickard), Thomas Thorne (Mathew Baynton), Lady Button  (Martha Howe-Douglas), The Captain (Ben Willbond), Pat (Jim Howick). Copyright: Monumental Pictures.

BBC One has commissioned a new comedy following a group of ghosts.

Set at a once-grand country manor, Button Hall, the six-part sitcom has been created, written by and stars the original leads of hit CBBC sketch show Horrible Histories: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.

The BBC explains: "The crumbling country pile of Button Hall is home to numerous restless spirits who have died there over the centuries - each ghost very much a product of their time, resigned to squabbling with each other for eternity over the most inane of daily gripes. But their lives - or, rather, afterlives - are thrown into turmoil when a young urban couple - Alison and Mike - surprisingly inherit the peaceful derelict house and make plans to turn it into a bustling family hotel.

"As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers from their home, and Mike and Alison discover the true scale of the project they've taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible house share, where every day is, literally, a matter of life and death."

The group of six took on multiple roles each in their previous narrative fantasy-comedy series, Yonderland, for Sky One, and will again play a range of characters across the new sitcom.

The series echoes the premises of various previous comedies, including Dani's Castle; Grace & Favour; His Lordship Entertains; and The Ghosts Of Motley Hall.

No details about the expected transmission window for the comedy have yet been announced.

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