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1. Who Do You Think You Are?

Air date: Apr 15, 2019

Alison and Mike, a cash-strapped young couple struggling to buy their first home, think their prayers are answered when a distant relative bequeaths them a large estate, but the old house is haunted by the ghosts of its former inhabitants.

2. Gorilla War

Air date: Apr 22, 2019

Still recovering from her near-fatal accident, Alison finds herself hounded by the ghostly gaggle, who now realize that she can both see and hear them; Mike's attempts to turn the old house into a home leads to a DIY disaster.

3. Happy Death Day

Air date: Apr 29, 2019

On Pat's death day, he prepares for his family's annual pilgrimage to the site of his demise.

4. Free Pass

Air date: May 6, 2019

Fortune smiles on a cash-strapped Mike and Alison when a TV company comes calling looking for an old house in which to film their period drama; to get the money, Alison must ensure the shoot proceeds without a hitch.

5. Moonah Ston

Air date: May 13, 2019

Learning that their posh neighbors have an ancient claim over their land, Mike and Alison throw a swanky dinner party to help resolve the issue; with the ghosts their only guide to high-class decorum, the evening starts badly and only gets worse.

6. Getting Out

Air date: May 20, 2019

Now juggling day jobs with their endless renovations, Mike and Alison are both penniless and exhausted when a luxury hotel chain makes them an offer they can't refuse; the ghosts vow to help the cash-strapped couple with get-rich-quick schemes.

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Network: BBC
  • Premiere Date: Apr 15, 2019

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Lady Button

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Laurence Rickard

Robin the Caveman

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The Captain

Charlotte Ritchie

Kiell Smith-Bynoe

Lolly Adefope

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Rosie Cavaliero

Fiona Legge

Caoilfhionn Dunne

Richard Thomson

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Richard Durden

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I love this show so much! Thank you to all who produced it, the writers and to all the actors!!! You all are so brilliant and we love you over here in America!!! I hope they will consider bringing back the show as a holiday special!!! Or maybe a reunion show in the future!!! 10 STARS!!!

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Everyone who I've ever met has adored this show. It is incredibly hilarious, but with poignant, sad notes that reflect the ghost's situation. I will never tire of this show, it represents the best of British television and screen writing. There is not one dud episode, each plot is captivating and full of everything you could wish for. A must-watch!

I love this show. It is silly and an overall good time.

This show is hilarious. It is one of my all time favorites. Unfortunately I live in America and I am forced to watch the American version, which is awful! I wish they would cancel the American version so I can watch season 4 of the British version here in the United States.

The show is funny and cute. The only character I don't like is the girl in the basement. She creeps me out and I have to turn away. My apologies to the actress but I hope she's the one that gets "sucked off".

Excellent. Great fun. Nice to see some good fun entertainment for a change.

Ghost on CBS is a good solid show. Cute jokes and concepts. Keep the jokes coming. Worth the watch.

Absolutely hilarious and very creative. I mean what else can you expect from the HH cast. Need more of this series, MORE I say!!!

I absolutely love this show! The characters are amazing and a joy to watch. I've watched this series multiple times. Can't wait for season 5!

The best! Love this show and its characters!

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  • 2019 - 2023
  • 34 episodes (5 series)

Comedy about a group of ghosts inhabiting a crumbling country manor and its new living owners. Stars Charlotte Ritchie , Kiell Smith-Bynoe , Mathew Baynton , Simon Farnaby , Martha Howe-Douglas and more .

  • Continues on Friday on BBC1 at 8:30pm with Series 5, Episode 3
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  • 9th October: Ghosts co-creator on "big pitfall" he wanted to avoid with the ending (Radio Times)
  • 4th October: Ghosts Christmas special confirmed
  • 20th September: Ghosts Series 5 starts on Friday 6th October
  • 15th August: Ghosts and Brassic up for National Television Awards
  • 18th July: America to get the original BBC Ghosts (Chortle)

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The crumbling country pile of Button House is home to numerous restless spirits who have died there over the centuries - each ghost 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.

As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers from their home, and Mike and Alison discover the true scale of the project they've taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible house share, where every day is, literally, a matter of life and death.

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Ghosts: How the spirited British sitcom found a new haunt in the US

  • Published 29 May 2022

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TV comedy Ghosts has become one of the most popular new sitcoms on both sides of the Atlantic, after a US remake of the beloved BBC original became a hit. The makers of both versions discuss how they leave viewers in high spirits.

Since it started in 2019, BBC One's Ghosts has been a rare thing in the age of streaming choice and splintered viewing - a sitcom that the whole family can enjoy together.

And since the US version of the show launched earlier this year, it has become an even rarer thing - a successful American remake of a British sitcom.

The history of cross-Atlantic comedy remakes is littered with short-lived flops, but Ghosts has become the most successful translation since The Office and Veep (based on The Thick Of It).

The first season of the CBS adaptation ended last month as the top-rated new series on US TV, according to the network, as well as the number one comedy on streaming service Paramount+.

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Joe Wiseman, one of the lead writers and producers of the US version, says the first time he watched the BBC original, he "loved it right away".

"You could just tell immediately that it was a unique show, a unique premise," he says. "And it was just so funny."

The British series was created by the team behind Horrible Histories. "Behind the idea was just asking, 'what can we come up with that means we get to dress up and be silly, and in a haunted house?'" Mathew Baynton, one of the team, explained backstage at the recent BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle.

However, the team initially dismissed the concept, not thinking there would be much potential for humour in spirits who can't really touch anything, go anywhere, and don't, since they're already dead, have much to worry about.

But then they realised having very different personalities from different historical eras who cannot escape each other, and are stuck together in a sort of cheerful purgatory for eternity, could actually be very funny.

The cast of the BBC's Ghosts

The characters in the British original include caveman Robin, trouserless Tory MP Julian, a self-important Army officer known as The Captain, needy Georgian noblewoman Kitty, and affable scout leader Pat. They are joined in their crumbling stately home by a young (alive) couple - one of whom can see their phantom housemates.

Ben Willbond, who plays The Captain, says: "It's basically this largely dysfunctional but very close family living together - arguing, resolving their differences, getting on, ultimately staying as entrenched as they ever were, but learning a little bit about themselves every week."

Baynton, who also plays hopelessly romantic poet Thomas, describes the show as "a really warm embrace of a family sitcom".

Willbond adds: "It's such a such a lovely feeling. When people talk to me about it, that's one of the first things they say, every time, 'oh, I can sit down with my kids'."

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The real secret, Baynton believes, is it shows that "we can all get on, however much we disagree - if we're really stuck with each other and we look each other in the eye, we can get on".

He adds: "I feel as though that's probably why it's working both sides of the pond. People are reassured and craving something that says, 'it's all right, we can get along'.

"There's such an endless howl of anger and bile that people are directing at each other every day. So I guess it's a tonic to that. I think that's what the idea happened to have, kind of by accident."

The cast of the US version of Ghosts

Joe Port, who runs the US version with Wiseman, echoes that their series is "a very feelgood show, just like the British one is".

"It's got this feelgood sort of warm hug feel, while also being hard funny," he says on Zoom from Los Angeles.

Some of the US characters have been clearly borrowed from the British version, like scout leader Pete and the upper-class Hetty.

Others are similar but different - a Viking instead of a caveman, and a trouserless Wall Street "finance bro" instead of a Tory MP. "That was also a funny guy to have be pantsless," says Port.

A few are unique to the US, like a Native American, who was "the number one character that we had to have in the show", Port says. There is also a 1960s hippy called Flower and 1920s jazz singer Alberta.

When it began, the reception from US TV critics was mixed but generally warm, with TV Line calling it "a wonderful surprise" and Variety saying it's "charming enough to merit sticking around", although The Hollywood Reporter said it "could use an infusion of zaniness to live up to its Beetlejuice-y aspirations".

US Ghosts lead writers and producers Joe Wiseman (left) and Joe Port

Port and Wiseman have also worked on the US version of The Office and a remake of The IT Crowd. Port recalls how Greg Daniels, who took The Office from Slough to Scranton, initially followed the British formula before taking it in new directions.

"I guess if there was any guidance, it was sort of seeing how Greg had adapted The Office," he says.

With Ghosts, "we didn't want to fix what wasn't broken", he continues. "But once that premise was up and running, we departed and were able to chart our own path for the most part."

The question with TV remakes is normally, why bother if the original is so good?

The cast of the BBC's Ghosts

With Ghosts, the reason is clearer than most, because each country has a different history and a different set of historical characters who could be hanging around in the afterlife.

There are no other international versions of Ghosts yet, according to BBC Studios, whose LA arm co-produces the US version. But it can't be long before more countries find some happy phantoms in their own old houses.

"It just felt like there was a reason to adopt this one," Wiseman says. "It was seen as very portable. And it seems like there should be many different versions of Ghosts all over the world, as far as I'm concerned."

The UK Ghosts is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, with a fourth series coming soon. The US Ghosts can be streamed on Paramount+ in the US.

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Ghosts is a British sitcom first broadcast on BBC One in April 2019. It follows a group of ghosts from different historical periods haunting a country house while sharing it with its new living occupants. It is written and performed by many of the cast members of Horrible Histories and Yonderland . [1] It also airs on Max in the US and CBC Gem in Canada.

It is the first post- watershed comedy by the ensemble , although some television critics said that it was suitable for adults and children alike. [2] [3] Reviews have been positive, with critics appreciating its high joke rate, premise, and strong ensemble. It is produced by Monumental Pictures, part of ITV Studios , [1] and filmed on location at West Horsley Place in Surrey . [4]

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S4.E1 ∙ Happy Holiday

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Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe in Poached Guests (2022)

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The Original UK Version of ‘Ghosts’ Is Coming to the US

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  • CBS is extending spooky season with the UK version of Ghosts , a comedy series about a girl who inherits a haunted mansion and turns it into a luxury hotel.
  • Ghosts UK had a successful run on BBC One and inspired the American version, with the main difference being the episode count.
  • Ghosts UK will wrap up with Season 5, while Ghosts US is facing delays due to the ongoing strike, resulting in the creative scheduling of the UK version on CBS.

CBS announced today that spooky season will extend for a couple of weeks on the network this Fall. That’s what’s going to happen when Season 1 of Ghosts starts to take over Thursday nights on broadcast American television starting on November 16. The “new” show is the British version of the comedy series that inspired the highly popular American version which also airs on CBS. The story is the same: A girl inherits a mansion and decides to transform it into a luxury hotel, without knowing that it’s haunted by a slate of ghosts from different eras.

Ghosts (the UK version) originally debuted on BBC One , and it proved such a huge success that it scored a remake almost instantly: The American version premiered just two years later. One of the biggest differences between both versions is that British television is used to a much shorter episode output: Season 1 of Ghosts UK has only six episodes, while its American counterpart did 18 in its first year. CBS is yet to disclose if they'll air the British series' seasons back to back, but it seems likely.

Ghosts UK is The Result of CBS Getting Creative Amid Strike

Additionally, Ghosts UK already has an ending in sight: Recently, it was announced that Season 5 will wrap up the story, which should end its run with 30+ episodes. Meanwhile, Ghosts US is gearing up to premiere Season 3, but the next batch of episodes is getting delayed due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike . The strike is also the reason why CBS had to get creative with its Fall season programming, with Ghosts UK getting a slot in prime time along with high-performing titles like Yellowstone and SEAL Team .

CBS is also pairing the two versions Ghosts : Every new episode of the British series will be followed by a rerun of past Ghosts US episodes , so fans will be able to compare both series – and especially how differently British humor plays out – as they air back-to-back.

CBS premieres Ghosts UK on November 16. You can watch a trailer below:

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How Ghosts brought the family sitcom back from the dead

Now in its fifth and final series, the bbc has become a modern classic thanks to its silliness and heart, ushering in a new era of british tv.

There are cavepeople and mustachioed Second World War captains wandering around Waterloo. A queue of young people – most in their late teens and early twenties, some children with their parents – extends all the way along London’s South Bank, and past the Hayward gallery. Everyone is gathered at the bedside of one of the great British sitcoms as it prepares to join the great streaming platform in the sky, though it looks less like a wake than a cosplay weekend.

The BFI is hosting a special preview screening of the first two episodes of the fifth and final series of  Ghosts , the BBC comedy from the team behind  Horrible Histories   and  Yonderland , which has become one of the most fervently loved shows on British TV.

These fans have brought all kinds of presents with them: hand-drawn cards and zines celebrating the individual ghosts; a whole marble cake for the cast to share; a homemade  Ghosts  Monopoly board, with caveman Robin in place of Old Kent Road and still-living young couple Alison and Mike in the coveted Park Lane and Mayfair slots. Some people here have  Ghosts  tattoos. 

Innocent and silly while occasionally winkingly saucy too, bright and light but easily able to pivot to heartstring-tugging mode,  Ghosts  has become an incredibly rare hybrid : a cult hit with a fandom equally happy formulating theories about the past lives of its characters as it is giving away its good Tupperware to its stars, and the last of the great British family sitcoms.

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If you’re unfamiliar, a quick primer: Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) luck into a huge country pile when one of Alison’s distant relatives dies and leaves it to her. Button House is a crumbling wreck, it turns out, but they set to fixing it up. And then Alison falls out of a window, and when she comes round she can see dead people.

There are dead doctors at the hospital, cheery Luftwaffe pilots in the trees, and nine long-term residents of Button House who aren’t happy about having to share their digs with the living again.

There’s uptight Victorian matriarch and defender of propriety Fanny (Martha Howe-Douglas); dippy Georgian romantic Kitty (Lolly Adefope); Byronic poser Thomas (Mat Baynton), who’s in love with Alison; chipper Scoutmaster Pat (Jim Howick); witch trial victim Mary (Katy Wix); leery Tory MP Julian (Simon Farnaby), who died  in flagrante  and is therefore cursed to an afterlife without trousers; the pompous Captain (Ben Willbond), whose death remains a mystery but who has become an unlikely queer icon; caveman and occasional conspiracy theorist Robin (Laurence Rickard); and Humphrey (also Rickard), a decapitated Tudor lord whose head and body are generally in different parts of the Button estate. Oh, and there’s a plague pit in the cellar.

None of the ghosts can leave the grounds, but Alison and Mike are determined to make Button House into a hotel. So they’re all stuck. Over time they have learned to rub along together, and  Ghosts  has worked out a particular mixture of  Horrible Histories ’ extreme silliness and relentless gags that reward repeat viewings, and genuinely moving meditations on death, life, home and family.

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When  Ghosts  premiered in 2019, it fast became the most BBC’s most beloved new sitcom. It stood out immediately. Our own critic praised its “supreme daftness and a great suggestion of darkness”, and it fit right in the sweet spot between the post- Fleabag run of comedies that mined big, wobbly feelings as much as gags, and more gleefully silly new sitcoms like Stath Lets Flats (with which Ghosts shares quite a few cast members).

But unlike them – and much of TV comedy – it wasn’t an auteurish exploration of real-life trauma, or a vehicle for a single star. For the first time since Gavin & Stacey , Ghosts found a way of doing a big, broad, uncynical family sitcom that didn’t lean on the big, broad, uncynical family sitcoms of which everyone was sick to death. 

You only need to compare it with another death-themed series of 2019,  Ricky Gervais’ After Life , which premiered a month before Ghosts , to see what Ghosts does right: tightly written, moving but not mawkish, light of touch, full of ego-free performances and constantly inventive. Last Christmas its status was confirmed with a Christmas Day special , broadcast just as the sherry came out. Another will air this year.

It’s perfect. Younger viewers have the Horrible Histories connection, older viewers love a pretty traditional ensemble comedy that sometimes pitches jokes over the kids’ heads, and everyone’s on board with a sweet-natured, sharply written series with some of the best comic talent around. It’s not embarrassed about appealing to everyone, but never dumbs itself down.

It isn’t just the gags though. Having a chorus of the undead around gives Ghosts a way into every shade of emotion from wildly different perspectives. The ghosts are still trying to get their heads around what happened to them in life, despite having been dead for, in some cases, millennia. And the fact they’re dead, with nothing to do but ruminate on the lives they had, means you can unexpectedly find yourself welling up over Julian, a standard issue Back-To-Basics-era Tory sleazebag, realising that in prioritising work and philandering (mostly the philandering) he missed his kids growing up.

It doesn’t get on its soapbox, but Ghosts is a neat fit with a culture more comfortable with vulnerability and empathy, where therapy-speak is embedded in everyday chat and on TV the emphasis has shifted to warmer, cuddlier shows where getting it wrong is cute ( Taskmaster , Would I Lie to You? ) and real warmth seeps out of the telly ( The Repair Shop , Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing ). 

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For me, the first sign Ghosts was something really special was the episode about Pat’s death-story, back in the first series. His death sounds funny – his Scout troupe looked on aghast as he struggled to start the minivan having been shot through the neck during an archery lesson – but full of pain, and not just from the arrow through his larynx. Unknown to Pat, his wife had been having an affair and ended up marrying the other man after Pat’s death, a state of affairs Pat only realises while describing the situation to Alison.

Desperate to feel connected to them again he wrestles over passing on a message to his family via Alison, and eventually relents. They’ve moved on, and he needs to move on too – easier said than done when you’re stuck in the same house for eternity. But when they arrive at Button House to pay their respects, he discovers he’s got a grandson: young Pat. He’s even got old Pat’s stubby legs.

There’s one more lovely, sincere moment that sums up  Ghosts  completely. Robin, the caveman, who has seen everything before, says: “You die. Time pass. Everything change. Family not come anymore. Is pain, but you heal. Yeah. You remember them here.” He pats Pat’s heart. “And maybe, one day… you find new family.” 

Every character gets these little grace notes that open them up a little further and a little further, even 24-carat bastard Julian. Thomas, the tortured poet, was betrayed by his own cousin and realises the woman he loved hadn’t gone off him at all; Kitty was routinely humiliated by her horrible step-sister; the Captain, it’s hinted, loved one of the men in his regiment but didn’t know how to understand what he felt. So far Pat’s been the only one to make me actually cry. Last year’s Christmas episode, in which he saw old home videos of his family lovingly mocking his annual Christmas speech long after he’d died, tipped me over the edge.

Traditionally in British comedy , the Fawlty Towers model – two series, maybe a Christmas special, and that’s it – is the ideal trajectory. By the time anything gets to a fifth series there are usually murmurings that it’s in danger of going the way of My Family , and repeating itself endlessly. In  Ghosts , the endlessly shuffling dynamics between the nine spirits – well, eight, since Mary got “sucked off” last series to The Other Side – stop things feeling stale. 

The Captain and Fanny try to rule things, with Pat the go-between with Alison; Julian, Thomas and Robin tend to undermine them; Kitty and Mary are in their own worlds. But then unlikely match-ups turn into the biggest highlights, like Kitty and the Captain deciding to hang out together watching clouds. “And that one is a pelican,” sings Kitty; the Captain rejoins with “…and that one is a gun”.

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All the while Alison is both the ghosts’ consigliere and a total fish out of water, having to work out the rules of the afterlife while trapped in a haunted house, and Mike pinballs between assuming the ghosts can see him all the time and blithely singing “Daddy’s gonna drill a hole in the wall” as he does some DIY. (It’s a mark of how funny Ghosts is that the two straight roles anchoring the whole thing are also really, really funny. Ritchie and Smith-Bynoe are national treasures-in-waiting.)

Then there are the shapes of each episode. The general drift of the four series so far has seen Alison and Mike slowly get closer to their dream of opening Button House as a hotel. There aren’t many sitcoms that could do a  Rashomon  and play one story out from four different perspectives – as in “The Thomas Thorne Affair”, about the duel over a woman’s honour that killed poor, stupid Thomas – and wear it so lightly.

There’s another clever thing moving  Ghosts  forward, too. The deaths of the deceased residents have been slowly revealed over the series, pulling you along like a series of whodunits. There’s genuine suspense as we go into the final series: we’re still yet to find out what happened to Kitty and the Captain, and the question of whether the Captain will announce anything more about that man in his regiment. (People really want to know: in one of the episodes screened at the preview, the Captain declared that he had to tell everyone about a man in his regiment, and there were widespread screams and gasps. They were, sadly, disappointed.)

Underneath it all, though, is some absolutely copper-bottomed gag writing, which had been a little out of fashion when Ghosts debuted. “One is reminded of Battersea Dogs Home,” Fanny sighs at one point, as the ghosts practice singing an apology song to Alison. “Really?” asks Humphrey. “Was there a fire?” Or as Thomas observes when Alison restores Lady Button’s portrait: “Oh lucky Fanny, to be touched up by such a hand.” And Fanny herself, on meeting Alison for the first time: “She’s no niece of mine! She’s exposing her knees! And she’s got a tattoo!”

Ghosts  is going out at the top: the fandom are as devoted as they’ve ever been, the cast are all still mates, and its final series starts with two of its best episodes yet: an April Fool’s Day caper which brings together Alison and Humphrey properly for the first time, and a big reveal which I’m not going to spoil, but which does result in Robin giving Kitty foot massages. It’s even got an American remake which swaps in a Native American, a Viking, a hippie and several Revolutionary War casualties and which has been recommissioned for a second series. 

But over here it feels like a new classic in the British sitcom canon . It seems obvious now, but juggling that many great performances and that many great writers shouldn’t look as easy as Ghosts makes it seem. 

Ghosts proved that in an ever more crowded TV landscape, there’s still a place for a big-hearted sitcom that plainly wants to be liked by as many people as possible, but is going to do it its own way.

After the BFI has finally been cleared of the fans jamming its foyer, the ghosts mill about in a back room having a drink. Willbond holds a particularly large stack of cards and posters. Baynton has been given a crocheted effigy of his ghost, and he also seems to have commandeered the marble cake. Hours later, there are still fans clustered around a side-entrance waiting to intercept Willbond and Ritchie as they get into their taxi. 

The love those fans have is intense; to them Fanny, Robin, the Captain and the gang feel more like friends than characters.  Ghosts  might be on its way off this mortal coil, but its spirit will linger long after it’s been sucked off.

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How to watch Ghosts season 5 online: stream the final season of the BBC One sitcom online

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The creators of Ghosts have called time on their dead funny sitcom, which stars Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe as the human inhabitants of a house overrun with bickering apparitions. Fans of the show can watch Ghosts season 5 from anywhere beginning Friday, October 6.

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Created, written by, and starring the creative team behind Horrible Histories (2009-2014), Ghosts was an instant hit thanks to its whimsical humor, high gag rate, and eclectic collection of cohabiting spectres.

These include neanderthal man Robin (Laurence Rickard), a Georgian Noblewoman (Lolly Adefope), a closeted World War II officer (Ben Willbond), and pants-less Tory MP Julian (Simon Farnaby) – all tethered to the country estate of Button House and incessantly bending Alison’s ear.

With their B&B dreams in ashes after the fire, Alison (Ritchie) and Mike (Smith-Bynoe) are back to hustling to keep financially afloat. Might they be forced to leave their haunted home? Season 5 will also see the larger-than-life spooks enjoy some April Fool’s Day hijinks, as well as investigating the cause of Kitty’s death some 200 years ago.

Ready for the last gasp of this nearly departed show? Then read on as we explain how to watch Ghosts season 5 online and from anywhere in the world.

How to watch Ghosts season 5 FREE in the UK

The final season of Ghosts will air on BBC One from Friday, October 6, 2023. As always, there’s a total of 6 episodes, each of which will be broadcast weekly at 8:30pm BST. You can find the full release schedule provided below.

But you don’t have to wait a week between episodes, because BBC iPlayer will have every episode of Ghosts available to watch on-demand from October 6. Neither the linear BBC channel or iPlayer cost anything extra to people who already pay TV license fees.

Can I watch Ghosts season 5 in the US?

It’s unlikely that US viewers will be able to watch the fifth and final season of Ghosts anytime soon, given that the UK series is only now getting its cable debut.

Season 1 episodes will begin airing on CBS from Thursday, November 16. It’s a smart move by CBS, filling the schedule left empty by the Writers Guild of America strike and which delayed production on season 3 of the network's own, US version of Ghosts .

Can I watch Ghosts season 5 in Australia?

As of the moment there’s no release date for Ghosts season 5 in Australia. Fans of the show with a subscription to Stan , however, can enjoy seasons 1 through 3 on the streamer, with season 4 episodes being added as soon as October 17. Subscriptions to Stan start from AU$10 a month.

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What is the Ghosts season 5 release date?

All 6 episodes are available to stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK, as of Friday, October 6. But for those who’d prefer to watch live on BBC One – and are in possession of a valid TV license – then they can catch episodes weekly on BBC One, every Friday at 8:30pm BST as laid out below:

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That’s the spirit … a feast at Button Hall, although the ghosts can’t eat.

RIP Ghosts: a joyful comedy that lit up this bin fire of a world

One of the best comedies of the decade has come to an end … and we’ve laughed, cried and laughed even more. Farewell you sweet, life-affirming show – TV won’t be the same without you

I am trying to narrow down my favourite scene from Ghosts. Perhaps it’s 1980s Scout Master Pat (Jim Howick) creating his own radio station – adverts included “ Buy cheese. Please ” – then realising no one can hear him on account of him being dead. It could be whenever 17th-century witch trial victim Mary (Katy Wix) accuses swans of being “Lucifer’s lackeys” or calls a camera a “one-eyed metal cow”. Then there’s the episode where the plague sufferers who live in the basement become stans – ie obsessive fans – of tortured romantic poet Thomas (Matthew Baynton), only to lose interest when they actually hear his poetry.

The beauty of Ghosts – the much-loved BBC sitcom whose fifth and final series airs this month – is that this description could either be a highlights reel of top television or the ramblings of a particularly intense fever dream.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of Ghosts, the premise is simple enough: when you die, you spend the afterlife haunting the location of your death … wearing the outfit you died in. This is particularly unfortunate if you are the 90s Tory MP Julian (Simon Farnaby), who wanders around without trousers after dying in a sleaze scandal, caught for ever (literally) with his pants down.

Our ghosts are spending eternity in Button Hall, a dilapidated stately home recently inherited by young couple Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe). After falling from a window and nearly dying, Alison develops a new ability: she can see ghosts.

What follows is a classic ensemble comedy that is somehow both gently reassuring and gag-heavy. Recent years have seen the dominance of the “dramedy”, where some of the best comedies being made (such as This Way Up, Feel Good and Pure) tackle serious issues such as suicide and sexual abuse. Like other “comfort blanket” shows such as Ted Lasso and Schitt’s Creek, Ghosts goes counter to the trend: when the world is a bin fire, comedy doesn’t have to have a worthier aim than to make the viewer smile.

Thanks for the memories … Pat Butcher (Jim Howick), Thomas Thorne (Matt Baynton), the Captain (Ben Willbond) and Julian (Simon Farnaby).

One of the reasons this show works so well is that the creators are skilled at world-building: the rich set-up gives every character their own foibles and provides gags that are unique to the premise. Some of the best humour derives from culture clashes between ghosts from different historical periods. See Lady Fanny Button (Martha Howe-Douglas) and Mary watching Loose Women, or Pat, stuck in the 80s, proudly trying to explain any form of technology to the older ghosts. Other gags come from the existential question: how would you pass the time if you were stuck in a house with eternal flatmates? For our ghosts, the answer is a series of organised activities (improv club, film night, etc) and quite a bit of quarrelling. Written by the team behind CBBC’s Horrible Histories, the show has a childlike quality (especially some of the jokes, such as all the “Fanny” puns) but it never seems juvenile. It is all anchored by the calibre of comedic acting. Robin the caveman’s eyebrows alone are funnier than most BBC One sitcoms.

The strength of Ghosts is that the show can be as moving as it is funny. One of the most poignant storylines is the gay second world war army captain (Ben Willbond), crystallised in the flashback to his secret love for an army colleague. His repressed sexuality is both tender and a smart running gag. Nothing is said out loud but the audience is left with a subtle understanding (contrast this with the heavy-handed version in the US adaptation). Meanwhile, the episode in which Mary finally gets “sucked off” to her final journey in the afterlife is a beautiful reflection on grief and mortality. And who didn’t shed a tear at the dining scene that closes series three: when Alison’s long-lost sister turns out to be a fraudster, the ghosts use their improv skills to share a family meal with Alison and Mike – despite not being able to eat.

Fond farewell … very much alive, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and neighbour Barclay Beg-Chetwynde (Geoffrey McGivern) at the door of Button Hall.

Few episodes master that blend of laughter and tears better than the Ghosts Christmas special. While Mrs Brown’s Boys churns out its 78th seasonal showing, Ghosts has become the highlight of the BBC’s festive schedule ( last year’s outing secured 5.9 million viewers, making it the biggest comedy of the year ). When – in last year’s special – Alison finds some old home videos of Pat’s family Christmases from before he was killed, there can’t have been a dry eye in the country.

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It is ironic that a show about the dead has the power to be so life-affirming. But over the past four years, the ghosts of Button Hall have created a joyful warmth that few shows about the living master. In doing so, it will bow out as one of the best British comedies of the decade.

RIP Ghosts. You will be missed.

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The Captain, Kitty, Fanny, and Mary all preparing to haunt Alison and Mike.

Right on time for spooky season, CBS is gearing up to release its adaptation of Ghosts , the 2019 BBC One comedy about a cash-strapped married couple who unexpectedly become the latest, modern-day owners of a sprawling and once-luxurious countryside manor that just so happens to be infested with a bunch of ghosts .  

To watch the trailers for CBS’ Ghosts , you might get the impression that a lot of work went into altering the story to make it work better for American audiences, and to be fair, that might have been CBS’ goal with the project. But it would border on irresponsible to dive into CBS’ Ghosts without at the very least giving the original a shot—not just to see the differences between the two, but to really appreciate how charming the 2019 series was, and understand why it’s been airing for three seasons at this point.

Ghosts follow as Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and her husband Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) leave their old lives in the city for a fresh start at Button House, a decrepit old mansion that has long since fallen into a state of disrepair before its previous owner (the last living Button) died at nearly 100 years old. Though selling the property as-is would give Alison and Mike the financial boost they both desperately need, something about Button House speaks to both of them, and it doesn’t take much for them to come around to the idea of keeping it and renovating it for themselves.

While everyone’s free to try their hand at reinventing ghost stories, BBC One’s Ghosts seemingly had no interest in trying to. Instead, it opts for a much more straightforward approach. At the same time that the show introduces Mike and Alison, it also begins spotlighting the sizable, titular cast of departed spirits who’ve been spending their lives at Button House unseen by the living.

One of the reasons that living people tend to avoid Button House are numerous reports from locals about a gray lady who can be seen wandering the halls at night, and who can be heard screaming as she falls from one of the windows on the second floor in the moonlight.   Alarming as the gray lady’s reputation is, the reality is that Lady Fanny Button (Martha Howe-Douglas) is a rather harmless apparition who simply can’t stop herself from regularly reliving the traumatic final moments   of her life while her fellow ghosts in the house are trying to sleep. Fanny, like all of Button House’s other ghosts, is bound to the property because of some sort of unfinished business she can’t be over and done with due to her inability to fully interact with the living world. The presence of Alison—one of Fanny’s descendants—both delights and alarms the ghost because of what it might mean for the future of their familial estate. Alison keeping the house would mean that Button House stays within the family, which would please Fanny deeply.

But Alison and Mike’s plans to turn it into a hotel is the sort of thing that Fanny and other ghosts like Mary (Katy Wix), a Stuart-era ghost who was burned at the stake under suspicion of practicing witchcraft, want to avoid because of what a nuisance living people can be to the dead. Early into Ghosts ’ first series, Fanny, Mary, and other ghosts like the Captain (Ben Willbond), a closeted WWII army officer, rally together to drive Alison and Mike out using the handful of abilities being dead affords them. Robin (Laurence Rickard), a caveman who died on the land where Button House was eventually erected), can interfere with lights by focusing, ‘ 90s era lecherous MP Julian Fawcett (Simon Farnaby) can move small objects by concentrating enough to make his finger point tangible, and whenever people walk through Mary, they catch whiffs of the same smoke that suffocated her as she was roasted.

Mary the ghost explaining how living people smell burning when they walk through her.

Together, the ghosts all try to haunt Alison and Mike out of Button House, but because none of them can manifest enough of a disturbance to be noticed, it all seems for naught. All of that changes, though, and Ghosts really hits its stride once Alison has an accident and a near-death experience that suddenly gives her the ability to perceive her and Mike’s new housemates.

Though Ghosts isn’t exactly a spoof of any one series, many of its best jokes are subtle deconstructions of the haunted house genre and ideas about ghosts that come to mind when you’re watching stories about them.   Pat (Jim Howick), the ghost of a camp counselor who perished during an unfortunate archery accident, doesn’t truly consider him the leader of Button House’s ghosts, but he best represents how each of them genuinely does enjoy the company of other people regardless of whether they’re dead or not, which is one of the subtler truths Ghosts begins establishing early on. No one really comments on the fact that Kitty (Lolly Adefope), a wealthy socialite from the Georgian era, is a Black woman who, historically speaking , does not seem to make much sense in Button House because everyone’s far too busy being annoyed by Kitty’s incessant questions and over-excitability. The ghosts’ familiarity with one another makes them family to each other, especially in moments where they have to decide how to proceed once it’s clear that Alison can see them all.

What seems to be the biggest difference between the BBC One’s Ghosts and CBS’s adaptation is how comfortable the two shows are simply being stories about a bunch of people hanging out in a home together. As interesting as some of Button House’s mysteries are, the bulk of the BBC show’s episodes are really about Alison and Mike learning that yet another thing about the mansion is beyond their abilities to fix, and they’ll have to think of a new way to come into quick cash like renting the place out to a film crew shooting a Downton Abbey -like period drama.

The other most glaring way the new adaptation deviates from its predecessor is with the ghosts exclusively haunting Button House’s basement after dying at some point during the bubonic plague’s spread across Europe. Whereas the plague ghosts of BBC One’s series   are all portrayed by the same actors playing the upstairs ghosts, CBS show drops the running joke by instead bringing in other actors, which has the overall effect of making the haunted house seem like a much more transient space.

Every time Ghosts reminds you that there’s the possibility that one of its spirits might pass on into the next stage of the afterlife, it’s less about highlighting what’s at stake as everyone’s relationships grow stronger, and more about having a chuckle at the fact that some people really can’t get their mess together, no matter how long they try.

What undoubtedly makes BBC One’s Ghosts something worth checking out regardless of whether you were planning to tune in to CBS’ premiere is the fact that it’s been on for a while. CBS’ Ghosts might turn out to be the sort of show you want to tune in to watch weekly once it premieres on October 8, but the BBC One original’s first three series are streaming on HBO Max now.

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Alison and her husband Mike inherit the run-down Button House and its resident group of eccentric ghosts from various periods of history. After a head injury, Alison finds she can suddenly see and communicate with the ghosts. And so begins a bizarre house share that is as surprisingly heartwarming as it is hilarious. This is the premise of the paranormal BBC comedy, Ghosts , which is now entering its fifth and final season.

The mix of humour and poignancy in Ghosts echoes real attempts to communicate with spirits, especially in the late 19th century.

A prime example is an 1892 report on a haunted house written for the Society for Psychical Research . The group was founded in 1882 to try to bring scientific rigour to the search for ghosts and other phenomena, and they still exist today. Miss R. C. Morton’s report, titled Record of a Haunted House , details her extensive experiments that aimed to prove that ghosts wandered her family home.

Like Button House, the anonymous dwelling of the report saw many dramatic, seemingly ghostly events. In Ghosts, each of Alison’s phantom housemates met a grim end. Edwardian lady-of-the-manor Fanny Button was pushed out of a window by her husband. Romantic poet Thomas was shot in a row over a woman. And 1980s Scout leader Pat was on the receiving end of a small child with a bow and arrow.

Miss Morton’s house was no different. Its first owner was a British Indian man named Mr S, who took to heavy drinking after the death of his wife. He remarried two years later, but the new marriage was marred by arguments about the first wife’s jewellery collection. In a twist of dark humour straight out of Ghosts, the second Mrs S. started drinking, too.

After the deaths of Mr and Mrs S, the house – now in a similar state of disrepair to Button House – was bought by Mr L, who promptly died in the sitting room. This sitting room was where Mr S was also found dead, and the place where he had allegedly hidden his first wife’s jewellery under the floorboards. The house was then let to Captain Morton, his wife and their children. Miss R. C. Morton was their eldest.

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Every night, in a trance-like state, Lady Button relives her death by leaping out of the window with a piercing scream. And it is with a similar spooky female figure that Miss Morton’s experiences begin.

While in bed one evening, she sees the spectre of a “tall lady, dressed in black”. Over the following years, various servants and Morton children all report seeing the woman gliding around the house, disappearing through walls, seemingly oblivious to the living occupants.

Moreover, the ghostly woman seems to be in a state of distress and mourning, covering her face with a handkerchief as though weeping. Later, her brother hears the ghost “crying so bitterly”. Both Lady Button and the Morton ghost re-enact emotionally tumultuous moments of their life in a noisy and disturbing manner.

Two women in Georgian dresses.

A running joke in Ghosts is that Mike, Alison’s husband, cannot see the ghosts. He is therefore in a strange position whereby he knows they’re around him, but must rely on Alison’s reports of where they are and what they’re doing.

Miss Morton, in her report, describes the lady in black standing directly behind her father in the drawing room – yet her father insists he cannot see the ghost. But, like Mike, he trusts in his daughter’s experiences and thoroughly believes her.

Despite being interminably pompous, Lady Button gradually warms to Alison, who is her distant relative. In episode six of series one, Getting Out , she decides she wants to help Alison’s financial situation by revealing the hiding place, under floorboards, of a priceless jewel.

In Miss Morton’s report, the family learns about the story of the first Mrs S and her hidden jewellery and tear up the sitting room floor to find it. There’s a striking similarity here. In the report, a receptacle is uncovered, but there are no jewels inside. In Ghosts, the box is found, but with a note from Lady Button’s husband apologising for pawning the jewel.

Miss Morton’s report is not without its moments of comedy that, despite being unintentional, wouldn’t be out of place in Ghosts. At one point, in an endeavour to collect evidence of the haunting, Miss Morton loosely sticks thread across doorways to see if the barrier is broken overnight. The thread remains tacked in place, therefore apparently proving the existence of the ghostly woman, who is able to pass through objects without disturbing them. Hmm.

Perhaps the most interesting similarity, though, is how the ghosts affect the living residents’ relationship with the house. For both Alison and Miss Morton, there’s a sense that their paranormal experiences help them to form an attachment to their new home, allowing them to explore the building’s past while also making it their own.

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BBC Ghosts stars talk movie idea after season 5 ending

"We'd certainly be excited about the idea of doing one in the future."

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Other famous BBC TV productions such as Peaky Blinders and Downton Abbey have created movie follow-ups, so could the same be possible for a short-form sitcom?

The hit comedy will sadly premiere its final outing on October 6, and after that, we only have that surprise Christmas special to look forward to.

It's no secret that the cast and writers love making the show, and although they want to go out on a high, they've been honest that it would be tempting to revisit the characters in the future somehow .

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Two of the show's writers and stars spoke exclusively to Digital Spy about the idea of a movie conclusion, including Laurence Rickard, who plays Humphrey and Robin, and Ben Willbond, who plays The Captain.

Laurence said: "It's always tricky with comedy, finding a format that works, that keeps the tone of the television comedy across the narrative of sort of 90 minutes. It's a tricky balancing act, which I think is why so few things have done it – or certainly done it successfully. It's in the easier translation with drama.

"But, you know, we've made films together in the past. We'd certainly be excited about the idea of doing one in the future. And there are various ideas that we've looked into. I think it's something that if we found the story that worked, and there was the financial means and the enthusiasm to do it, then it's something that we'd probably explore.

"But there's no immediate plans to do it. We had a real ball with the last film we made together, so I don't think it's something we'd discount."

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Meanwhile, Ben added: "Yeah. It's a thing that people try to do. Either they're a bit of a success, or they're people going: 'Oh, I wish it wasn't in a TV show.' Our world is a half-hour sitcom, and that's what it is.

"The minute you turn it into a film narrative, it becomes something else. Film narrative works very differently. And it might not feel right. I don't know. It's not come out. Let's put it that way. No one's asked us to do that."

Elsewhere, the creators have written an official companion book, Ghosts: The Button House Archives , which features letters, newspaper clippings and diaries delving into the Ghosts' backstories and using some ideas that couldn't make it into the show.

GHOSTS: The Button House Archives

GHOSTS: The Button House Archives

The book is available for pre-order now from both Amazon and Waterstones and is published on October 26, just in time for Halloween, or Black Friday early Christmas shopping time, depending on how you look at it.

Beyond that, the cast is working on other projects together beyond Ghosts , including a mixture of film and TV, Laurence explained: "There's a live-action thing that we're doing for TV. There's a potential feature, if we can pull all the elements together. There's an animation that we've been discussing for a while. There's fingers in pies."

As for their ideal projects to work on beyond BBC's Ghosts , Ben and Laurence were very clear: James Bond and Marvel .

Ben said: "My constant pursuit of trying to be in a Bond movie continues. But obviously the older I get… who knows? Never say never. I'm just going to put it out there. If they want me in one, I'm happy. I'm free.

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"What's most likely – it's for me just to be in a boiler suit, and to be shot at. It's the most likely. But I'd take it. I'd take it. Man in Boiler Suit 3 is probably the most likely."

Laurence added: "I mean, obviously, Marvel are never off the phone. I'm waiting for the right hero character to come along to really do justice to [ laughs ].

"Ben [Willbond] is the world's most handsome man, and with the name Bond actually in his name. How have the casting directors not found their way to that one? I don't know. I think he's resigned himself now to being either a sort of second-tier government official, or a kind of smarmy henchman."

The final series of Ghosts starts on Friday, October 6 at 8.30pm on BBC One and the full series will be available as a boxset on BBC iPlayer on the same day.

Ghosts: The Button House Archives is published by Bloomsbury on 26 October, and is available to pre-order now.

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Laurence Mozafari (he/him) is a multi-award winning journalist, editor, and presenter, currently Editor-in-Chief at Digital Spy , the UK's biggest TV and movies website. 

Before that, he held roles as Editor, Deputy Editor, and Associate Editor focusing on news, social, and video.Laurence hosted the BBC Sounds podcast Obsessed with Peaky Blinders in 2019, as well as his own podcast production, Time of My Life , where he interviews fascinating elders about their life lessons, including Only Fools and Horses ' Sir David Jason, Star Trek ’s George Takei and Bridgerton ’s Adjoa Andoh.   He was previously at Bauer Media working as Digital Editor of Heat magazine’s website, , and has worked at and written for Sky, NME, Q magazine, Grazia, Closer, FHM and dedicated careers website GoThinkBig .

He secured a first-class BA journalism degree at Staffordshire University, along with several NCTJ qualifications, and now has 14 years' experience in digital publishing covering TV, movies, music, gaming, tech, showbiz, and travel.  

Laurence has been a broadcasting contributor on television and radio, including KISS, Heat Radio, BBC Radio London, Radio 5 Live, and BBC Breakfast.  He is also a visiting lecturer at various universities teaching journalism, including City, University of London, Nottingham Trent, Staffordshire University and London Metropolitan.

Laurence has won numerous awards in his journalism career, including the BSME Talent Award’s Best Deputy Editor, the PPA's 30 Under 30, and the New Editor and Editor of the Year at the AOP and BSMEs. He led Digital Spy to win PPA's Digital Content Team of the Year twice, along with the British Media Awards’ Brand of the Year in 2021.  

Laurence joined the committee for the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2022. He has since hosted panels with CEOs of Immediate Media and the Media Trust at the PPA Festival, as well as presenting his own radio show on Green Man Radio at Green Man Festival in 2022.   Laurence is also a Brits voting academy member. Laurence has been lucky enough to interview numerous celebrities, actors, and musicians throughout his career. Arnold Schwarzenegger loved his hair, Jimmy Carr loved his coat and Antonio Banderas gave a shout-out to his mum.  Laurence has covered set visits for The Witcher on Netflix and Marvel’s Inhumans, he got Daisy Ridley to do a Chewbacca impression and loves Marvel, PlayStation, Glastonbury and craft beer. 


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