Ghosts UK on CBS: next episode, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know
Ghosts UK is on CBS and it's just as crazily fun as the US version...
Ghosts UK has arrived on CBS as part of its revamped primetime schedule.
The American version of Ghosts was one of the top four comedies on US TV during the 2022-2023 season and fans are eagerly awaiting the third season .
But due to strikes it's been delayed and while fans wait, CBS is showing the British version. And don't worry it's just as funny!
Here's everything you need to know about Ghosts UK, including how it differs from the US version and the new CBS trailer… we also have a quick guide to the language in Ghosts UK, like the British meaning of Fanny! , as some of it might not make sense to US audiences!
On Thursday 14 December, CBS will air the first-ever Ghosts UK Christmas special. We get more of an insight into Julian's life in the moving special...
Ghosts UK on CBS release date
Ghosts UK began on November 16 at 9.00 pm ET/PT. The first two episodes were shown back to back. CBS is showing the first Ghosts Christmas special on Thursday, December 14 at 9.30 pm ET/PT.
Ghosts UK plot
Instead of following Samantha and Jay like we do in the US version, in the British original we follow Alison and Mike, a young couple struggling with money. They think their prayers have been answered when a distant relative leaves them a huge mansion, Button House. But the only problem is the house is haunted and when Alison has a brush with death she discovers she can talk to the ghosts!
Who are the ghosts in Ghosts UK and who plays them?
Thomas Thorne (played by Mathew Baynton) — Thomas is a 19th-century English romantic poet who falls in love with Alison. Mathew Baynton actually guest-starred in the US version as a different character.
Julian (Simon Farnaby) — Julian is a sleazy politician from the 1990s who's similar to stockbroker Trevor in the US version.
Pat (Jim Howick) — Pat is just like Pete in the US version, a scoutmaster who was tragically shot through the neck with an arrow by a scout.
Robin (Larry Rickard) — Robin is a surprisingly thoughtful caveman!
Kitty (Lolly Adefope) — A Georgian lady from the 18th century, who just wants to be Alison's friend.
The Captain (Ben Willbond) — A World War Two army officer.
Fanny (Martha Howe-Douglas) — Former owner of Button House, where the show is set. She's also known as Lady Button and is like Hetty in the US version.
Humphrey (Laurence Rickard) — A 16th-century English nobleman who sadly lost his head!
Mary (Katy Wix) — A peasant woman from the 16th century who was burnt for being a witch.
As well as the above stars, former Call the Midwife actress Charlotte Ritchie stars as Alison Cooper. With Kiell Smith-Bynoe as her husband Mike.
Charlotte previously told us how much the hugely warm response to the first series surprised her, saying: "Yes, someone texted me saying she'd had a horrible day and that Ghosts had improved her mood. That's the best thing ever. It is just a very warm show that people seem to respond to from different demographics and age groups. I feel so lucky to be in a show with this much joy in it."
Who created Ghosts UK?
Ghosts UK was created by Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, who also all star in the series. They had previously worked together on Horrible Histories .
Speaking about how the show came about, Mathew said: "Initially we just wanted to do something together. We knew Horrible Histories was finishing and it was before series three of Yonderland , which we suspected would feel like enough. We wanted to come up with another thing to do together so we hired out a room in town and threw some ideas around. I think the Haunted House thing was one of the first…"
Is there a trailer?
Yes, CBS has released a special trailer for Ghosts UK . "The Ghosts that started it all are coming to CBS... Ghosts US and Ghosts UK , The Spectral Relationship!."
We have also included the original BBC trailer for Ghosts UK ...
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Hit BBC comedy Ghosts creators announce series 5 will be the last
The team behind the smash-hit show have decided that after five series it’s time to wave goodbye to Button House
After five incredible years haunting the halls of Button House, we have decided that the time is right to let our beloved sitcom Ghosts rest in peace. We have just wrapped filming on our fifth and final series and we can't wait to share it with you all later this year. — The Ghosts team
Filming has finished on the fifth series of Ghosts which today has been confirmed as the last. The team behind the smash-hit show have decided that after five series it’s time to wave goodbye to the inhabitants of Button House and focus on new projects.
The Ghosts team announced on social media today: “After five incredible years haunting the halls of Button House, we have decided that the time is right to let our beloved sitcom Ghosts rest in peace. We have just wrapped filming on our fifth and final series and we can't wait to share it with you all later this year.
"We could never have imagined the reception the show has enjoyed, or the fun we have had making it, and we would like to thank our amazing cast and crew as well as everyone at BBC Comedy, BBC One and Monumental Television for their tireless support
But most of all we’d like to thank everyone who watches. Mathew, Martha, Simon, Jim, Laurence and Ben x”
Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC says: “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.”
Alison Carpenter, Creative Director at Monumental says: “We are so proud of Ghosts, and particularly the way that audiences have taken it to their hearts. We couldn’t be more grateful for the creativity, talent and hard work that every single cast and crew member has brought to it over the five series, starting with the brilliant creators and stars of the show. The Ghosts family is a very happy one, and we’ll miss it.”
Ghosts stars writers and creators Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, with Lolly Adefope, Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe.
In the upcoming fifth series Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) begin exploring other means of making ends meet and contemplate a new chapter that could have a huge effect on the Ghosts’ (after) lives.
The fourth series launched in Autumn 2022, and has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy. It was the biggest comedy series of the year in terms of audiences across broadcast TV with 5.7 million viewers tuning in for episode 1 (30 days data).
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Ghosts (6 x 30’) is a Monumental Television production in association with Them There for the BBC and was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy Commissioning. The producer is Pat Tookey-Dickson, the director is Simon Hynd, and the creators (also creators and stars of Yonderland and Bill, and the original stars of Horrible Histories) serve as Executive Producers alongside Monumental's Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen. Ghosts is distributed by BBC Studios and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Seb Barwell.
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