BBC One has handed out a second season renewal to Ghosts, their new comedy series from the Horrible Histories team of Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. Ghosts is the highest rated comedy so far this year with a consolidated average audience of 3.7 million viewers.
Ghosts is described as a multi-character sitcom set in the crumbling country pile of Button Hall, which is home to numerous restless spirits who have died there over the centuries. Each ghost is 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. The comedy series is produced by Monumental Television in association with Them There and stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Charlotte Ritchie, Katy Wix and Lolly Adefope.
“Ghosts gave us all a very pleasant shock in landing so fully formed as an instant mainstream hit”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Shane Allen, who commissioned the second season alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “This very special gang of writer-performers have created a rich character world shot through with their trademark wit, warmth and mischief.”
“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”, the series creators said in a statement. “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.”
While Monumental Television’s Head of Television Alison Carpenter – who serves as an executive producer on the series alongside Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen – added: “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.”