Ghosts set to haunt BBC One again

We are DEAD excited to be returning to BBC One for a second series of Ghosts. We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the show, and can’t wait to get haunting Button House once again.Mathew, Simon, Martha, Jim, Laurence and Ben
Date: 28.05.2019     Last updated: 28.05.2019 at 00.01
BBC One has ordered a second series of Ghosts, the top comedy series on UK television so far this year with a consolidated series average of 3.7m.

The hugely successful house-share sitcom is about a young couple who unexpectedly inherit a grand country estate, only to find it is both falling apart and teeming with the ghosts of former inhabitants.

The crumbling country pile of Button House is home to a troupe of 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. Their lives - or, rather, afterlives - are thrown into turmoil when a young couple - Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) - inherit the peaceful derelict house and make plans to turn it into a bustling family hotel.

Ghosts was the first BBC One project for original stars of Horrible Histories and creators and stars of Yonderland: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.

The creators of the show say: “We are DEAD excited to be returning to BBC One for a second series of Ghosts. We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the show, and can’t wait to get haunting Button House once again.

"We’d like to thank Charlotte, Kiell, Lolly, Katy and our fantastic crew for helping us realise such a hugely ambitious project. And thanks also to everyone at Monumental and the BBC for their tireless support of what is clearly a ridiculous idea. We are already hard at work on stories for series two, and can’t wait to share them with you."

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, says: "Ghosts gave us all a very pleasant shock in landing so fully formed as an instant mainstream hit. This very special gang of writer-performers have created a rich character world shot through with their trademark wit, warmth and mischief."

Alison Carpenter, Head of Television, Monumental Television says: “We are immensely proud of Ghosts, and it's been wonderful to see the audience embrace the show. We can't wait to gather our hugely talented team back together and return to Button House."

The series is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

Ghosts is a Monumental Television production in association with Them There for BBC One. The producer is Matthew Mulot, the director is Tom Kingsley, and the creators serve as Executive Producers alongside Monumental's Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen.

The whole first series is available on iPlayer.

TX details will be confirmed in due course.

As well as being the top comedy series on UK television so far this year, it is the second-top BBC comedy series so far this year for 16-34 year olds after This Time With Alan Partridge, which launched in the same slot.

The show has received much critical acclaim:

  • Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail: “A landslide of puns and slapstick that comes so fast you can’t possibly catch it all in a single viewing.”
  • Anne Richardson, The People: “Brilliantly imaginative, very silly and seriously funny.”
  • Sarah Carson, I: “Supreme daftness and a pleasing suggestion of darkness.”
  • Carol Midgley, The Times: “For a show about death, curiously life-affirming.”
  • Alex Pollard, The Independent: “A lovely, funny, silly comedy.”
  • Anne Richardson, Daily Mirror: “Inventive and delightful… quirky, clever and fun.”
  • Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian: “A silly sitcom that will make you die laughing.”
  • Deborah Ross, The Mail on Sunday: “If you are hankering after pure silliness, you’ve found your man.”
  • Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph: “A deliriously daft supernatural romp.”

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