Ghosts fans are still reeling from the revelation that the hit BBC sitcom will end after season 5, but star Kiell Smith-Bynoe has revealed that the cast knew roughly two years in advance.
The series, created by the comedy troupe behind Horrible Histories and Yonderland, follows married couple Mike (Smith-Bynoe) and Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) in their mission to renovate a grand countryside estate they unexpectedly inherit.
Following a brush with death, Alison gains the ability to see the previous inhabitants that now haunt the grounds as restless spirits, with an unlikely friendship soon forming between them all.
"We found out two years ago," he began. "So when we got series 4 and 5 commissioned by the BBC, [the writers] decided that those would be the last two.
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"And then, even when we were doing [series] 4, it didn't really feel like it was coming to an end soon because we knew that we had another whole year. [The shoot] feels like a whole year despite the fact it's only 10 weeks."
Smith-Bynoe continued: "And then, we started the fifth one and very quickly realised that it would be the last time doing things – in terms of, the last time seeing the plague victims and the last time wearing a certain outfit for the character.
"And then it was over in a flash. So despite the fact I said two years and it seems like it's been a really long time that we've known, it's gone by incredibly quickly."
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A synopsis for Ghosts season 5 teased that Mike and Alison would be considering a "new chapter", which could well be a hint towards their fate in the inevitably emotional finale.