Working Lives: Business Affairs

 She deals with everything from book rights to script deals, development, broadcaster agreements, talent negotiations, financing and distribution. Carnie started out as a lawyer at a City law firm, but had her head turned during a secondment to MTV.

What does the job involve?

Essentially, it’s deal making: helping two sides agree commercial terms. In development, I could be taking out options on books, negotiating with scriptwriters’ agents, or making agreements with co-producers, broadcasters or distributors who are funding a series.

Ghosts’ announcement of a final series has viewers in mourning

The cast of Ghosts stood outside Button House

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.

From Ghosts to aliens: Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond discuss new UKTV comedy We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone: Laurence Rickard, Lolly Adefope and Ben Willbond at We Are Not Alone screening and Q&A

Writers and stars Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond of Ghosts and Horrible Histories fame took part in an RTS preview and Q&A for their latest comedy, We Are Not Alone. In the November ­session, they touched on the joy of creative freedom, resisting the temptation to cast themselves in plum roles, and shooting during the pandemic.

Ghosts to host Christmas Special at Button House on BBC One

The half hour episode will follow the friendly ghosts of Button House in their efforts to repay Alison's (Charlotte Ritchie) generosity with a Christmas present.

With Alison due to return in a matter of hours, the ghosts are in a race against the clock. Especially when her and Mike's (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) journey hits a bump in the road and they are forced to reassess their Christmas Day plans.

Meanwhile, Kitty (Lolly Adefope) gets her moment in the limelight when she gets a much-needed pep talk from a surprising source.

Kiell Smith-Bynoe on the acting grind, Ghosts series four and his new Comedy Blap Red Flag

It was the last day of Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he was performing in the improvised comedy show BattleActs! for the third year in a row, and he was trying to buy some drinks at the bar. But far from ruing the loss of the round, he was jubilant. “It’s the happiest card decline I’ve ever had,” he says, “because I remember just knowing […] that I was going to be in a show that I really loved.” You see, earlier that day, he was told he had been cast in Stath Lets Flats.

Ghosts to return to BBC One for a fourth series

Series four will see Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) open the gatehouse for business as a humble bed and breakfast, in the hopes of making some money without the ghosts interfering as usual.

The sitcom comes from the creators and stars of Yonderland and Bill, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, who were also the original stars of Horrible Histories.