Having wrapped filming on the fifth series of Ghosts, the team has announced via social media that this series will be their last.
Alison (Charlotte Richie) and Mike Cooper (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) moved into Button House after inheriting it from a distant relative. However, their talks of converting the mansion into a hotel upset its permanent residents, a set of ghosts who died in the house at various points in history.
A shock accident left Alison, who crucially is a living person, able to see her phantom friends; eight ghosts all vying for her attention, along with a whole cluster of plague victims living in her basement.
Viewers enjoyed watching the makeshift family of lovable ghosts, the series being the most watched comedy series of 2022 across broadcast TV, seeing 5.7 million viewers tuning into watch the premiere of series four.
Series five will see Alison and Mike exploring new money-making schemes that could change the Ghosts’ afterlives.
Creators and stars Laurence Rickard, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Jim Howick, Mathew Baynton and Martha Howe-Douglas all announced that they have decided to lay the sitcom to rest. The frequent collaborators met when filming the CBBC classic Horrible Histories, before co-creating Yonderland, a sitcom, and then Bill, a film based on the life of William Shakespeare.
Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC, hints that this may not be the last we see from the team, saying: “We are officially in mourning for the end of this BBC Comedy Classic. We can’t thank the Ghosts team enough for five incredible series (not to mention some perfect Christmas Specials) and we can’t wait for BBC viewers to see the final series. We look forward to working with the team on new projects.”
All previous series of Ghosts are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Watch writers and stars Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond tell us about all their favourite TV shows: