Ghosts is back on the BBC this weekend to bring some joy and laughter to the Friday night schedules, with the latest episodes set to be just as anarchic as ever.
The sitcom follows married couple Alison and Mike as they renovate a grand country manor that they unexpectedly inherited, while dealing with the fussiness of a group of ghosts that happen to be haunting the property.
This season, they'll try their hand at offering the place to holidaymakers on Airbnb, which is no small task in ordinary cases, but will prove particularly difficult for this remarkable home.
Ghosts star Charlotte Ritchie has also teased the introduction of a new entity, although there's no word yet on who's playing them nor whether they could become a permanent addition to the show.
Read on for all your essential information on Ghosts season 4.
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Ghosts season 4 release date
Ghosts returns for a fourth season on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8:50pm on Friday 23rd September 2022, taking a prime slot right after the opening of this year's Strictly Come Dancing.
We've known more episodes are coming for some time now, with the news first announced by star Katy Wix during a guest spot on Distraction Pieces Podcast.
Later, the creators said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be returning to Button House for a fourth series. We have an exciting batch of new stories in store and can’t wait to share the next chapter.”
Filming commenced at West Horsley Place at the start of this year.
Ghosts Christmas Special 2022 release date
It has been confirmed that Ghosts will be warming up our festive celebrations once again this year, with a Christmas special due to air after the fourth season.
No air date or time has been set for the episode just yet, but previous Ghosts specials have been handed primetime slots in the schedules on 23rd December. This latest offering could well follow suit.
Last year's Christmas special was notable for having a major guest star in Jennifer Saunders, a vocal celebrity fan of the show, who played the mother of Lady Fanny Button (Martha Howe-Douglas).
Ghosts season 4 cast
The writing team behind Ghosts, comprised of Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, are all returning for this latest series.
In addition to their roles in the Ghosts cast, they also dreamt up the concept and have previously worked together on CBBC's Horrible Histories and Sky One's Yonderland.
Meanwhile, lead cast members Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe are also back as married couple Alison and Mike, alongside co-stars Lolly Adefope and Katy Wix as Kitty and Mary respectively.
Recurring guest star Geoff McGivern will reappear as intrusive neighbour Barclay Beg-Chetwynde, who has been both friend and foe at points over the past three seasons.
We don't expect Jessica Knappett's Lucy to return for more episodes in a possible season 4, as the mystery surrounding her character is wrapped up nicely by the end of the third outing.
Ghosts season 4 plot: what will happen?
While most episodes of Ghosts can be enjoyed as their own self-contained stories, there are some plot threads that carry over across multiple chapters of the sitcom.
From the beginning, we have been watching Mike and Alison's efforts to renovate the dilapidated Button House, with their hope to make it a beautiful place for events and accommodation.
This season, they have built a cosy outhouse which they plan to offer as a holiday stay via Airbnb (other brands are available), but of course, that won't be easy thanks to their ghostly tenants as well as their own personal insecurities.
Each season also brings fresh revelations about the lives of Button House's deceased inhabitants, revealing the circumstances of their deaths in stories that range from hilariously morbid to genuinely emotional.
Ghosts star Katy Wix told RadioTimes.com that she would like to learn more about how Mary came to be suspected of witchcraft – an accusation that ultimately saw her burnt at the stake in Stuart-era England.
"I’d love to find out what it is she did and why she was accused," the Stath Lets Flats star said. “It was probably something totally benign.
"There’s a lot of fun to be had there, isn’t there? You know, maybe she read a book. It’d be really fun to film but I think it would be also quite funny if it was just totally ambiguous what happened."
We have also learned that Ghosts season 4 will see the introduction of a new ghost, which the spirits of Button House will be eager to impress as a rare opportunity for fresh company.
Co-creator and actor Laurence Rickard told RadioTimes.com and other press that the writing team has been bottling up storyline ideas, so there's little chance of the comedy running out of steam.
He explained: “There are always ideas where we go, ‘that’s right, but not yet’. And obviously, you’re aware that you’re banking these things on a hope.
“Just cramming everything in, regardless of whether or not it earns its place, would be a shame," Rickard continued. "And so I think we put things in the bank hoping that there will be time to explore them in the future.”
Is there a trailer for Ghosts season 4?
Yes! The BBC released a trailer for Ghosts season 4 just a few days before the show's premiere. Watch below:
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