Beloved BBC comedy Ghosts to end with one final series in shock announcement



Beloved BBC comedy Ghosts is coming to an end.

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 show follows couple Alison and Mike who live in a grand manor, also populated by a group of loveable but often irritating ghosts from different time periods, who only Alison can see after a near death experience.

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."

Ghosts will air one more series
Ghosts will air one more series ( BBC/Monumental/Guido Mandozzi)

"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”

Ghosts follows a group of loveable spirits from different time periods
Ghosts follows a group of loveable spirits from different time periods ( BBC/Monumental/Guido Mandozzi)

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.

Kylie Minogue starred in a Ghosts comic relief sketch this year
Kylie Minogue starred in a Ghosts comic relief sketch this year ( PA)

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.

Ghosts will air for one more season
Ghosts will air for one more season ( BBC/Monumental Television/Guido Mandozzi)

Recently, Kylie Minogue featured in a Comic Relief sketch, where she could also see the ghosts, with herself and Alison singing a duet for the spirits.

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