The BBC has commissioned a fifth series of sitcom Ghosts.

The comedy will start filming the new series in early 2023 and will once again be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Following the destruction of their B&B (and main income) in the gatehouse fire, 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.

Ghosts stars writers and creators Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, with Lolly Adefope as Kitty alongside Ritchie and Smith-Bynoe.

Say the creators: “We are delighted to confirm that Ghosts will be returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for a fifth series in 2023. We’ve had much fun in the writers room and are hugely excited by the new stories we have to tell and further secrets we get to reveal. We’ve been getting back into practice walking through walls and can’t wait to start shooting again in the new year.”

Alison Carpenter, Creative Director at Monumental Television, says: “We can’t wait to return to Button House with our absurdly talented writers, cast and crew. It is a privilege to make Ghosts, and wonderful to receive such an enthusiastic response from the audience. We hope they will enjoy what we have in store in the fifth series.”

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC says: “We are thrilled to announce a fifth series of this modern British Comedy masterpiece. Ghosts continues to go from strength to strength and the BBC couldn’t be more grateful for the amount of laughter and love that the creators, and Monumental, pour into this unique show.”

The Ghosts Christmas Special 2022 will be broadcast at 7.25pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Christmas Day.

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.

Jon Creamer

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