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Hit BBC One sitcom Ghosts to come to an end after five series

After five hugely successful series on BBC One, the team behind Ghosts have decided it's time to wave goodbye to the inhabitants of Button House and focus on new projects as filming finishes on series five.

Filming has finished on the fifth series of Ghosts which today has been confirmed as the last after 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.

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, played by Charlotte Ritchie, and Mike, played by 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.

Speaking about the news that Ghosts would be coming to an end, the team said via a statement on social media that "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, BBC1 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"

To which Director of Comedy at the BBC, Jon Petrie added "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."

And Alison Carpenter, Creative Director at Monumental said "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."

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 5.7M viewers tuning in for episode 1 (30 days data).

The upcoming six-part fifth and final series is produced by Pat Tookey-Dickson, directed by Simon Hynd, and the creators all serve as Executive Producers alongside Monumental's Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward and Alison Owen.

Ghosts will return later this year on BBC One


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