Ghosts is coming back for a third season.
In news that largely flew under the radar, when BBC One renewed the comedy series from the Horrible Histories team for a second season back in May, they also picked up a third season. The BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore made the announcement earlier this evening as part of a wider speech on the future of the iPlayer.
“Ghosts is a brilliant comedy from the Horrible Histories team. Episode one got 2.5 million overnight – a modest figure for a comedy – but within 28 days it had grown to 5.5 million”, Moore said in her speech. “And after six months 1.7 million iPlayer requests. That’s up there with other big comedy hits. We’ve commissioned two more series straight away.”
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 – which hails from the Horrible Histories team of Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond – 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. The executive producers are Alison Carpenter, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen.